Facebook hits exam results

Facebook affecting exam scores

Students who use Facebook during periods of study are not performing as well as those who do not use the social media website, a new study has found.

Research conducted by Professor Paul Kirschner found a 20 per cent difference in exam scores between those who do not indulge in the portal and those who do. The Daily Mail reported that students who shied away from Facebook spent 88 per cent more time studying outside of the classroom.

However, Kirschner found that three-quarters of Facebook users did not consider the website to have a detrimental effect on their work, with the rest acknowledging it may be causing a problem.

Multi-tasking

The study also dispels the idea that young people's brains are well-suited to performing several different tasks at once. Indeed, the scientist suggested that logging on to Facebook or similar websites intermittently during a study session can affect overall performance. He said:

"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."

Kirschner added that the idea of multi-tasking is dangerous to learning and is something the educational world should veer away from. A similar idea was suggested by Nicholas Carr, who claimed social networking websites are starting to affect how people think.

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