Bad grades? Maybe you can blame Facebook!

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Bad grades? Maybe you can blame Facebook!

Post  Kristina Youmaran on Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:09 am

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/facebookusers.htm

The article above discusses a study done at Ohio State University that found the average Facebook used had an average GPA of 3.0 - 3.5. Whereas non-regular Facebook users averaged a 3.5-4.0. Obviously there could be a lot of things that could account for the lower GPA of facebook users than just constant Facebook usage (many people with the lower GPA claimed that Facebook didn't get in the way of their studying habits).

As we all know, Facebook demonstrates a network externality. Typically most people use Facebook as a means of keeping in touch with friends or meeting new people. Even though the study found a connection between these people and the number of hours they spend on studying, I believe there are too many variables for this study to be valid.

Though, it can be argued that Facebook does serve as a serious means of procrastination, which could be linked to less study-time (but would you really spend that time studying or being distracted by something else?). The issue that Facebook tends to cause information cascades (like updates that link you to some "cool" new video or being caught in a wall post war) does lead to more time being spent on the site, but does not mean that ALL regular Facebook users have lower GPA's just because of that.

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Just my opinion.

Post  jsc945 on Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:41 pm

Personally, I really believe the search result is biased at the first.

It should aim for more appliable GPA. (e.g., Good grade 3.0~3.5 to 2.5 ~ 3.0, especially in case of our school)

http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/2008/11/13383/not-used-to-getting-cs-youre-not-alone/
(although, another reports say average GPA is around 3.2 for Mccormik, still 3.5 ~ 4.0 is way to high. maybe music school...)

In this case, there is more likely the stats for 3.5 ~ 4.0 is minor group in the school and thus, the percent of people can depends on the small group which makes the stats unbelievable...

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