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September 8, 2010 Social Media

Issued in social interest

Facebook being where it is today, it is undoubtedly a stale news that it is overflowing with researchers, swot analysts, et al, pulling their hair apart over analyzing and scrutinizing its future, past and present. And amusingly, the latest study reveals that Facebook can also turn your grades around! Yeah? You interested?Of course, only for the very worse.

Excessive usage of the website no doubt has a negative impact on student life. Apparently it’s the multitasking that is practiced by users at the time of examinations that lowers the score.

A study conducted by Paul Kirschner suggests that students who access their Facebook accounts while preparing for their tests fall prey to the evident distractions and consequently score considerably lower in comparison to their non- social counterparts. The difference noted accounts to around 20%. His research contradicts the theory that youngsters are better at multitasking.

He reasons, “While people may think constant task-switching allows them to get more done in less time, the reality is that it extends the amount of time needed to carry out tasks and leads to more mistakes.

“Our study, and other previous work, suggests that while people may think constant task-switching allows them to get more done in less time, the reality is it extends the amount of time needed to carry out tasks and leads to more mistakes.”

He advises that the education system be revised so as to withstand the blows of this social media driven age.

Many international schools are contemplating regulating student activity on social networks by introducing policies and rules. Parents too are being advised to monitor their child’s online social behavior and control it. But to what extent can they possibly push it? It is a very far fetched thought.

‘Facebook is the biggest networking giant out there’ is a fact, but this too is an undeniable fact – It eats up a lot of our precious time! Go orthodox. Cut it out and study!.

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