Facebook, Does it Harm Grades in College?

Facebook has been called many things, a vital connection to one’s social network or a distraction from the day-to-day grind.  Some may think of it as an addiction.

According to a new report published this month in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Facebook may not present a long-term correlation with lowered GPAs among college students.  The author of the report, Associate Professor of Education at Iowa State University, Reynol Junco, found that students who spent a lot of time on Facebook while working on assignments tended to get lower grades; however, this was only true for freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Seniors on the other hand spent less time on Facebook, and the study suggests that time spent on Facebook by seniors did not correlate with lower grades.

Mr. Junco suggested that freshmen are scrambling to find their social footing in a strange new place while clinging to the relationships they’ve recently left behind.

Source:  The Chronicle of Higher Education