June 10th, 2009

Facebook Good for Socializing, Not for GPAs

FacebookAccording to a new study put out by Ohio State University, college students who use the popular social networking site Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students who don’t have a Facebook account.

From the OSU Research site:

Typically, Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0.

In addition, users said they averaged one to five hours a week studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week.

The study had only a small sample size–219 students mixed almost evenly between undergraduate and graduate–but is an interesting foray into what will likely begin getting a lot more attention in education studies and research.

How are students engaging in online communities? And how is that engagement impacting their academic achievement?  Could social networking increase student achievement and test scores?  How?

Study Finds Link Between Facebook Use, Lower Grades in College [OSU Research Site]

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