New study shows, Facebook does not affect grades

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A new study shows that time on Facebook doesn’t actually hurt students’ grades.

According to usatodayeducate.com, the study was based on a survey of 1,839 undergraduates and the results showed that time being spent on Facebook actually hurt student’s grades.

The study also showed that students that spend of 106 minutes per day on Facebook, and visit the site about six times each day can decrease their GPA .12 points.

“People who need to socialize will always resort to Facebook and obviously it’s time consuming,” film production major Richard Carlos said.

Carlos continued with, “I know that because that’s what I usually prioritize whenever I get on Facebook.”

“Not every Facebook activity affects grades, for example, sharing links.”

Political science major Brian Mendoza said, “Students can form study groups online on Facebook, I’ve been able to do that for one of my assignments.”

With Facebook features like groups, pages and link sharing; students can create groups or pages of their clubs and share links that could help members of the clubs.

The event feature can also help remind members of the clubs of meetings or other special events.

According to the study, students that constantly update their status has proven to lower a GPA.

Chats generally tend to lower grades but sharing links helps.

“You just have to know how to use it and when to use it,” political science major Patricia Esquivel said.

Study author, Reynol Junco explained the amount of time that has to be spent on Facebook in order to affect grades.

“You have to spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook for it to be related to GPA in a way that it is shocking.”

In other words, Facebook time does not necessarily affect grades it all really depends on how one uses their time on Facebook.