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Facebook Users: Lowers Exam Results?

September 12, 2021 | Maddy Rowe

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Facebook Users: Lowers Exam Results?

Some psychology reports have stated that online social networking site “Facebook” may have contributed to students receiving lower exam results? It appears that on average, students who worked and have a Facebook account scored 20% lower than those who did not have the site.

According to Nick Collins at, students are of the belief that they can perform different tasks at any one time. It was said that 75% of students who use Facebook felt that the site did not have any bearing on their studies. Professor “Paul Kirschner” who carried out the survey commented on the number of students who were happy to study with different tabs open on their computer screens. Tabs could be other social networking sites, emails and instant messenger programmes. Researchers in America analysed 219 students ranging from 19 to 54 and results concluded that Facebook users scored a grade point average of 3.06 out of four, whilst those who do not use the website scored on average 3.82.

Kirschner went on to say “While people may think constant task-switching allows them to get more done in less time, the reality is it extends the amount of time needed to carry out tasks and leads to more mistakes”.

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