The Facebook Distraction

I would argue that if you are one of the 500 million users that’s a member of Facebook and happens to be a student, chances are Facebook has become a distraction at one point or another. It’s pretty normal, you sit down to do your homework, check Facebook and three hours later have maybe a paragraph of that essay done. How much time do Facebook users really spend browsing around? Or as some would like to call it “creeping” on “friends.” Matter fact, I just did it right now…in the middle of writing this blog I stopped what I was writing, logged onto Facebook, looked at a few status’ and new pictures posted and then came back to writing this.

A recent study found that there’s a relationship between Facebook, studying and GPA. Researchers surveyed 219 students are Ohio State University, including 102 undergraduate and 117 graduate students. Of the participants 148 said they have Facebook, 79 percent claimed it did not have an impact on their academic performance. However, faulty members who allow laptops in class often see students on Facebook during class. Typically, Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. In addition, users said they averaged one to five hours of studying per week, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week.

While I was summing up the information from this study, I realized that I don’t fit into the parameters at all. Although I do find Facebook to be a huge distraction sometimes, I have a 3.97 GPA and I’m a Facebook user. So I think this study has some further research and studies to be done before I can confidently believe that Facebook means less studying and lower GPA.

According to data gathered from sources on OnlineEducation.net, Students who use Facebook and try to “study” at the same time, led to 20% lower grades from attempting to multitask when compared with peers who were more focused.

Is Facebook an unhealthy obsession?

Food for thought.

-BD