Is Facebook Harmful to College Students’ Grades? [Infographic]

What affect is the super popular social networking site, Facebook, having on the education of college students?

You may or may not be aware that when Facebook was released in 2004 it was only available to college students. Although anyone can now create a Facebook account, what affect is the super popular social networking site having on the education of college students?

Are heavy Facebook users better students than non-Facebook users? Is it taking away from students’ study time? There are a lot of questions that can arise when evaluating the educational effects of Facebook.

Thankfully, PCMAG.com recently released an infographic that answers a lot of the questions above.

It turns out that Facebook is somewhat harmful to the education of college students but also provides certain advantages to those who use it on a regular basis. Below, I’ve listed a few of the more interesting findings from the study but if you want the details, go ahead and scroll down to the infographic at the end of this post.

  • Students who use Facebook and study at the same time receive grades 20% lower than those who don’t
  • Facebook users study significantly less than those who don’t use Facebook
  • Facebook users feel more connected to their educational institution than non-Facebook users
  • Facebook users are more involved in their school, but work significantly less than non-Facebook users

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Anson Alexander

Anson Alexander is a blogger, author, SEO expert, teacher, and tech geek. As the founder of AnsonAlex.com, Anson works full time writing, editing, and producing content for his site and providing technical and business services to clients. He has a BS in international business and information systems from the University of Tampa. In his free time, Anson plays video games, enjoys nature, spends time at the beach, and loves to travel.

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