By: Zeid Malas
Date: 21 Aug 2014
Social Networking: Turning the “A” into a “B”
Scrolling through notifications and checking every new message, status update, tweet, picture and video is the first and last thing adolescents do on their daily basis. What most of them are not aware of is with this process, they are altering their “A’s” into “B’s”. However, given to its tremendous popularity and use over time, Social Networking has become a genuine time-waster, social and physiological problems-giver, three of which have a noticeable negative influence on adolescents’ academic life leading to a significant decrease in one’s GPA. Although some have argued that there is no direct-connection ...view middle of the document...
Regardless, when students claim that social networking has no effect on their academic performance, they are terribly mistaken. Do not allow social network’s innocents fool you, for there is a dark side behind everything.
Social Networking reflects negatively on academic GPA because it is a unique waste-timer than any before it. Aryn Karpinski, a researcher in the education department at Ohio State University, comments: “Every generation has its distractions, but I think Facebook is a unique phenomenon” (Wilson 5). A study performed by researchers at the Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine, included 483 first-year female college students from a college in the northeastern U.S. According to the study they were questioned about their daily use of 11 different types of media ranging from books and magazines to films, mobile telephones and social networking websites. On average the young women spent between 11.8 and 12.1 hours per day using media of some type. Social networking, listening to music, texting and browsing the internet were the top time-waster activities, each consuming two hours per day during the semester time. “The 12 hours could include texting while on the Internet, so half of the day is not spent using media,” Walsh said. “All media use sums up to 12 hours” (Carichner par.16).
Moreover, a study reported in the Daily Mail of Britain, was done by Netherlands psychologist Paul A. Kirschnera of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies at the Open University of the Netherlands, and Karpinski of Ohio State University estimated the decrease of student’s GPA to reach 20%. This is published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Kirschnera told the Daily Mail that his team studied 219 U.S. Ohio State University students that are a mix of 102 undergraduate students and 117 graduate students between ages 19 and 54, and found that Facebook users had a typical grade point average of 3.06, while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82, and the users say they averaged one to five hours a week studying while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week (Choney par.3). According to Karpinski “Our study shows people who spend more time on Facebook spend less time studying,” University student Daisy Jones, 21, said: “I was in the library trying to write a 2,000-word essay when I realized my Facebook habit had got out of hand… I couldn't resist going online. You do that, then someone's photo catches your eye. Before you know it, a couple of minutes has turned into a couple of hours and you haven't written a thing” (2). Logically, it is not possible for a college student to have a high academic performance while spending 10-12 hours on social networking sites each day.
Social networking reduces students’ GPA considering it can lead to unhealthy psychological behaviors. Researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine surveyed 4,200 high school students to examine the connection between the use of social...