Research: Social Media Has Negative Impact on Academic Performance

Well, Duh. In case you needed more proof:

Perusing Facebook, sending rapid-fire text messages, and tweeting back and forth with friends and celebrities alike might not be the best academic strategy, it turns out.

A new study released by researchers at The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine shows a link between social media use and poor academic performance. The study wasn’t limited to usage of traditional social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, but instead included popular social technology like texting.

Freshman women spend upwards of 12 hours a day using some form of social media, researchers found. Social networking and watching movies and TV were most negatively associated with academic performance among the study participants.

Jennifer Walsh, lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Emerging Adulthood, wrote that students who spent the most time using social media had ”fewer academic behaviors, such as completing homework and attending class, lower academic confidence and more problems affecting their school work, like lack of sleep and substance use.” <Read more.>

Via Denny Carter, Managing Editor, eCampus.

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3 thoughts on “Research: Social Media Has Negative Impact on Academic Performance

  1. For all the benefits of technology, the sheer hours tied to it yields a no-brainer of an equation, doesn’t it? Would love your 2 cents on the new series I started: the impact of technology on learning. I agree with you there! Diana

  2. Shock horror! I think so called findings like these infuriate lay psyhologists because it’s one of those studies that evidences what we suspected as opposed to finding something unexpected.

    Ironically I am on here instead of in my study, studying. But only for a short burst!
    12 hours seems ridiculous for social networking – who does that and thinks they’ll pass exams etc?

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