Study Finds Link between Social Media Usage and Poor Academic Performance

Here are some statistics about social media that just might surprise you: One out of every seven minutes that an individual spends online is spent on Facebook. There are approximately 340 million tweets that are sent out each day. While mostly women use Pinterest, mostly men use Google Plus. There are about four billion videos that are viewed on YouTube on a daily basis. And 40 percent of individuals spend more time engaging one another online than face-to-face.

Thanks to technology and the power of social media platforms, we are able to connect with others in ways that we never have before; however, according to a study that was recently published in the American Adulthood Journal, the reliance on websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is also causing many people to become extremely distracted, especially college women, as it relates to their studies.

That’s right. What this study has revealed is that young women, on average, spend as much as 12 hours per day (and remember, that is literally half of each day) sending texts, logging on to their social media accounts, surfing the internet and/or watching television and when it comes to their academic performance, it’s costing them. As a result of spending so much time online, they are sleep deprived and lagging behind when it comes to completing their various homework assignments.

The American Adulthood Journal is not the only source to report these kinds of findings. According to Science World Report, there was another study that was conducted at a particular northeastern university in which 483 freshmen women were surveyed about how much time they spent doing things like playing video games, being online, social networking and using their cell phones to either talk or text. They were also asked to share their other daily habits when it came to how much sleep they got, how much alcohol they consumed and the kind of time that they put into their classwork. Then the researchers collected their GPAs (Grade Point Averages) over the course of one semester (January to June). They too discovered that these young women’s social media usage directly correlated to their poor academic performances.

And while nearly anyone who reads this information would come to the conclusion that young women, as a whole, would probably do better when it came to their schoolwork if they did make it a point to “unplug” a bit more, there is a professor at the University of Kansas who believes that the findings are a bit exaggerated. Jeffery Hall, an associate professor in the department of communication studies, conducted a study of his own and said that college women actually spend around nine hours as opposed to 12 online and that they tend to multi-task while doing it.

Still, when you think about the fact that we only get 24 hours in a day, to spend more than one-third of that on the computer or on the phone is definitely something to think about. If you’re a college-aged female reading this, whether you go to Vanderbilt University, Amherst College, theĀ University of Cincinnati or another school, college is expensive and you’re paying a lot of money to get your college education. Updating your Facebook status or reading the latest tweet from your favorite celebrity can wait.

At least until you finish your schoolwork.

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