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Troublesome Data

According to a pilot research study by Aryn Karpinski (the OSU), college students who use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students not signed up on Facebook.

Like every good correlational researcher, Karpinski cautions: "We can't say that use of Facebook leads to lower grades and less studying--but we did find a relationmship there."

Some of the actual results:

  • Facebook users had 3.0-3.5 GPAs, while non-users had 3.5-4.0 GPAs.
  • Facebook users averaged 1-5 hours studying weekly, while nonusers averaged 11-15 hours weekly.
  • STEM and business majors were more likely to use Facebook, compared to majors in the humanities and social sciences.
  • No differences betwee ethinic groups or sexes.
So what to do? ...sorry, I am distracted by the STEM note and the fact that students are getting GPAs of 3.5-4.0 by studying less than 15 hours weekly! Forget using Facebook...try using TEXTBOOK!

Source: ScienceDaily, April 15, 2009