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Facebook = Bad Grades?

Let's be honest, social networking websites like Facebook and MySpace have become somewhat of an obsession for teens and young adults. After all, Facebook has 200 million active users. Whoa! Sure, it's fun to comment your friends' profiles and post fun pics for all to see, but is it wrecking your grades?

Results from a new study suggests that college students who use Facebook tend to get lower grades, according to an article on The study, which was conducted by an education researcher at Ohio State University, found that Facebook users on average have GPAs in the 3.0 to 3.5 range, whereas non-users range from 3.5 to 4.0. It also showed that users are likely to study less than non-users.

But researchers were quick to say that this does not mean there is a direct correlation between lower grades and Facebook. It may be that Facebook users are more likely to be involved in extra-curriculars and more interested in other social activities, leaving less time for schoolwork. Or maybe they are just more distractible.

Want to conduct your own research? Pick a period of time - maybe a week or two - and don't use any networking websites. See if your grades or study habits improve during that time. If so, maybe it's time to cut down on your Facebooking and concentrate a little more on schoolwork!

Blog it out...Do you get easily distracted when doing your schoolwork? What do you do to stay focused when doing your schoolwork? Are you more likely to take a study break to workout or IM or check Facebook?


by GL | 2/1/2016