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

Facebook Effect On Education

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

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