While one study indicates that a little Internet leisure time at work can increase productivity, a second study now shows college students who regularly use social networking site Facebook have lower GPAs than those who do not.
My comment, or rather question: they actually found college students who didn't
Researcher Aryn Karpinski conducted the study with a colleague at Ohio State University. They questioned 219 undergraduate and graduate students about their study habits and Internet use, as well as their specific use of Facebook.
The study showed that 68% of the students who used Facebook had a "significantly" lower GPA than those who did not use the site.
"Every generation has its distractions, but I think Facebook is a unique phenomenon. Our study shows people who spend more time on Facebook spend less time studying. It is the equivalent of the difference between getting an A and a B."
Karpynski will present the findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
Despite the results of the report, Karpynski also indicated that 79% of Facebook users surveyed believed the time they spent on the site had no impact on their grades.