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Study Shows That People Who Use Facebook Daily May Receive Worse Grades in School

Hit the Books: Facebook Makes Your Grades Drop

Maybe it's time to sign off the social and start studying, hmm? A recent study examining the academic impact of Facebook has shown that people who use the site on a daily basis are more likely to earn lower grades than their peers — as much as whole letter grades!

The inevitable conclusion is that the site is a big time-waster (although I've noticed I spend less time on Facebook since its latest redesign, so thank you for that time back, FB), causing students to sacrifice the time they should have spent studying.

The Internet itself is an addictive place, but what is it about Facebook that sucks up our time so much? Are we just curious about other people, or are we all just narcissists? Either way, we could all use some Facebook breaks — after all, it'll all be there tomorrow.


bornthisway bornthisway 8 years
facebook affected my grades. i quit it a month ago and my high bs have already turned into mid as.
iconoclastgrl11 iconoclastgrl11 8 years
So happy to agree with ImJessica on this one. "Time waster" is really a qualitative judgment; just like someone saying that playing sports or being a member of the Chess Club is a "time waster." However, I would speculate most people would not think that jocks or chess players do relatively poorly in school because of the time they spend on their activities, let alone the content of their respective "time wasters." And if a study revealed that chess players achieve higher grades in school than jocks despite spending the exact same amount of time per day on their chosen activities, a more natural (though not necessary) conclusion would be that individual personal characteristics and abilities inform both the choice of activity and school performance. MySugar, however, has got to have a causal impact on grades. It's just so addictive.
Anniina Anniina 8 years
Anniina Anniina 8 years
Yeah let's blaim Facebook :OY:
Antimony Antimony 8 years
Yeah, i think this is a ridiculous study too. if these same people weren't on facebook - they could be on twitter or myspace or doing anything else that is distracting them from schoolwork.
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
Facebook doesn't "make" your grades drop. People who use it more are just more likely to also have lower grades. Correlation is NOT the same as a causal relationship.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
I read this today on google and I thought back and I agree with it a little. When I started college facebook barely existed but before I had a laptop or an iPhone I used to go to the library to go on there or myspace. Now, I am trying to make it less of a habit :)
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