The Link Between Social Networking In College And Grade Point Average

There are only 24 hours in a day. So it makes sense that the more time college students engage with social media and entertainment, the lower their GPA will be.

And according to Plugged, that precisely the case.

Researchers at The Miriam Hospital Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine did an interesting study to determine the impact of social media, tech communication, and entertainment.

They surveyed 483 freshmen women at the start of their first semester at an unnamed Northeastern university, then correlated their grades with their use of 11 different forms of media.

Here are the types of media they included:  television, movies, music, Internet, social networking, talking on cell phones, texting, magazines, newspapers, books (unrelated to school) and video games.

The researchers found that the college women engaged with these media an average of 12 hours a day—yikes!

The more time they spent with media, the more media, the lower their grades.

Lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Walsh says this about her team’s findings:

“We found women who spend more time using some forms of media report fewer academic behaviors, such as completing homework and attending class, lower academic confidence and more problems affecting their school work, like lack of sleep and substance use.”

So if you have a son or daughter heading off to college this fall, encourage them to develop some healthy media habits now, before they the experience the academic pressures and tight schedules of university life.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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