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Schizoid Society: Does Facebook Raise Your ADHD And Lower Your GPA?

By Ravi Kumar, Reporter for WiredAcademic

NEW YORK – Facebook has become a primary source for intellectual distraction for many college students even though most students don’t realize that’s the case.

According to an early study done by Ohio State University, Facebook users had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5. And, those students who did not use Facebook, their GPAs were between 3.5 and 4.0. At the same time, the study reveals that more than three-quarters of Facebook users surveyed for the study claimed that their use of the social networking site didn’t interfere with their studies.

Researchers Aryn Karpinski, a doctoral student in education at Ohio State University and Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University presented their research earlier this year in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association. They surveyed 219 students at Ohio State, including 102 undergraduate students and 117 graduate students.  Of the participants, 148 said they had a Facebook account. The study found that 85 percent of undergraduates were Facebook users, while only 52 percent of graduate students had accounts.

We can’t say that use of Facebook leads to lower grades and less studying – but we did find a relationship there,” said Karpinski“There’s a disconnect between students’ claim that Facebook use doesn’t impact their studies, and our finding showing they had lower grades and spent less time studying.”

A similar trend can be seen in high school students too. High school students who use Facebook at least once during their 15-minute study period get lower grades according to some experts. “Facebook can be distracting and can negatively impact learning,” said Larry D. Rosen, PhD, professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills said in a talk earlier this year at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C. ”Studies found that middle school, high school and college students who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period achieved lower grades”.

During his talk titled “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids,” Rosen said teens who use Facebook more often show narcissistic tendencies and psychological disorders such as antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies. “Overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems.”

Rosen also mentioned that social networking sites like Facebook has some positive impacts on youths. “Social networking can provide tools for teaching in compelling ways that engage young students”.

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