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For students, What is the “Facebook Effect” on grades?Social media has several effects on academic work — some more positi...
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  1. 1. For students, What is the “Facebook Effect” on grades?Social media has several effects on academic work — some more positive than others.According to data gathered from several sources, Facebook and Twitterare used to great benefit— sometimes. Students welcome online engagement and resources;around 75% of student respondents said they’d like to do some online collaboration for class, infact.Also, social media may have a positive impact on students’ sense of themselves in thecommunity. Social media-using students were twice as likely as other students to feel well-likedby their peers and to participate in extracurricular activities. And 20% more of Facebook-usingstudents (as compared to students who didn’t use Facebook) said they felt connected to theirschool and community.However, negative effects abound. Students who use Facebook and hit the books simultaneouslyfound their multitasking led to 20% lower grades than those of their more focused peers.Facebook-using students also made less money during school from part-time work, putting inaround five hours per week as opposed to 16 hours per week for a typical, unpluggedcounterpart.Not only do grades and finances suffer, but students might actually end up feeling moredepressed or lonely. Almost half of students believe they are sadder than their friends onFacebook, and 25% of college students have shown signs of severe depression in their statusupdates at one time or another.In a word, the results are inconclusive. But with around 96% of all college students on Facebook,only the most dedicated academics would consider giving up social media for a slightly betterGPA.In the comments, we’d like to know what impact social media had or has on your academicwork. And if your college career pre-dates social media, how do you think college is better orworse because of Facebook?