A new study from the business school at the University of New Hampshire indicates that there is little connection between grades earned by students and the amount of time they spend on social media. According to the study:
There is no correlation between the amount of time students spend using social media and their grades. Grades followed similar distributions for all colleges, with the majority of students earning A’s and B’s. The study showed that more students use Facebook and YouTube than any other social media platform. Blogs, Twitter, MySpace, and LinkedIn had significantly lower amounts of student users. Students from the business school had the highest percentage of users of blogs, Twitter, and LinkedIn while liberal arts students were the highest percentage of MySpace users.
No word yet on whether any social media actually improves a student’s grades. Or on what effect other Internet time wasters like, say, World of Warcraft or online porn has on grades.