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Online Social Networking Tied to Lower GPA, Ohio Study Says

It probably comes as no surprise, but Facebook use has a negative impact on academic performance, according to a recent study done by The Ohio State University, which comes courtesy of John Wallbillich of the Wired GC. According to the study, Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. The study authors aren't ready to say that using Facebook necessarily leads to less studying and hence, lower grades, just that there is a relationship between the two.

Wallbillich suspects further scrutiny of the study might reveal some flaws, or even a trait unique to the Buckeyes that's to blame for the results. Either way, he says the correlation between Facebook and grades doesn't matter much in the greater scheme of things. He writes:

Maybe the students using Facebook as undergrads will get lower grades, and therefore pass on law school. And then they will be forced to go out in the world and make something, of themselves or otherwise.

And then they will become clients, get huge bills, and scrutinize them for any sign that esteemed counsel is using social networking sites on their dime.

Any thoughts on how Facebook use in law school impacts grades? Post your comments below.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 15, 2009 at 03:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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