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10/13/2011

Facebook’s positive and negative impact on grades

Have you ever told your kids (or have you been told) to stay off Facebook because it could hurt your grades at school? A study has found this may – and may not – be the case.

Researchers at the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania have poured through the academic grades from 1,839 college students.

They compared each students’ grade point average (GPA) with the amount of time spent on Facebook, and the types of things they did on the social network.

The results? You could read the full report here. But here are the basics...

Students spent on average of 106 minutes a day on Facebook. But for each 93 minutes above that average, a student’s GPA went down by 0.12 points.

That tiny sliver of a change is not a whole lot in the big scheme of things. But the next part of their findings is.

Researchers found the type of activities students engaged in on Facebook could have either a positive or negative impact on grades.

Posting status updates and talking with friends using the chat feature was found to negatively affect grades.

On the other hand, sharing links and glancing over posts from Friends was linked to students with higher grades.

Of course, everything in moderation. Spending way too much time away from studies could mean you’ll be adding the next round of freshman to your Friends list – because you flunked out and are taking classes a second time.

How do you think Facebook affects school work?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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