Have you had your fix today? Many of you have probably already checked your Facebook today. Twice? Don’t feel bad – there are plenty of SLCC students who share the same addiction.
“It is highly addicting, it’s a serious problem,” student Chelsea Ericksen said.
The following dilemma that she encounters is a common one that seems to be a reoccurring theme for some students.
“I went to the library with three hours to write a paper. Out of those three hours, I was on Facebook for two. Which ultimately made my paper not as good as it could have been,” Ericksen tells.
While observing computer screens in the library, there were 14 out of 32 people that were on Facebook. Aren’t you supposed to be doing homework or something in the library?
Elle Jay, a fellow journalist and student wrote, “Facebook is like a home that you need to attend to every so often. You might be tidying up your home a little too much sometimes but it’s always good to do some vacuuming.”
Facebook seems to be taking over not only the Internet, but also our minds. The social network that now has over 500 million users may have an effect on your grades.
A study done by Ohio State University shows that people who use Facebook spend less time studying compared to those who don’t have an account. That may seem somewhat obvious but what they found out next may hit closer to home. Students who use the social network averaged a 3.0 to 3.5 GPA and students who do not use it averaged a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA. That is a significant statistic.
There is no absolute evidence that Facebook does affect students’ grades. There could be other factors such as personality traits, study habits and how dedicated a student may be. However, there is a relationship between the two whether you like it or not.