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Careers-Employment So, you are a Facebook junkie? If you are one of those who spend a great deal time checking their friends status even as they rewrite their own, if you are looking up the posts of your friends and your friends friends, then the writing on the wall is clear: you might be underperforming in the classroom. According to a survey of college students, Facebook users have lower overall grades than non-users. Quite ironically the survey respondents themselves did not report any such connection. They said that the social networking site does not interfere with their studying. That disconnect between perception and reality does not necessarily mean that Facebook leads to less studying and thus to lower grades. Although the grades association could be caused by something else, it does raise more questions about how students spend their time outside class on activities such as Facebook, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. "I’m just saying that there’s some kind of relationship there, and there’re many third variables that need to be studied," said Aryn Karpinski, an education researcher at the Ohio State University. Her study found that Facebook users GPAs were on average in the 3.0 to 3.5 range, .pared to 3.5 to 4.0 for non-users. Facebook users also studied anywhere from 1 to 5 hours per week, while the non-users put in more than two times that many hours: 11 to 15 or more hours. Karpinski, however, emphasized that correlation here does not equal or imply causation, that is to say that Facebook use might not be the causing students to score lower GPAs or to schedule less time for study. For instance, students who spend more time enjoying themselves rather than studying might tend to fling themselves into the nearest distraction, and Facebook happens to be a preferred choice due to its easy availability. Or students who use the social networking site might also spend more time on other non-studying activities such as sports or music. The study did show that students who work more hours at jobs spend less time on Facebook, while students involved in more extracurricular activities were also more likely to use Facebook. Such results may help Karpinski and other researchers better understand the profile of the average Facebook user. Early findings show that over 85 percent of undergrads use the site, .pared to 52 percent of grad students. Karpinski herself does not use Facebook, although her coauthor does. She expressed some bemusement over how quickly students rose to the defense of their online activities, even though she took care not to introduce a positive or negative bias into her survey questions. "They’re very territorial about their Facebook," Karpinski told LiveScience. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association on April 16, 2011. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: