Study Finds No Link Between Social-Networking Sites and Academic Performance Every now and then an article comes along that is a real head-scratcher, and this piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education wins that honor today. A believer in "distracted attention is poor attention" I'm struggling to figure out how student's grades aren't impacted by spending increasing amounts of time on social media. I try not to be a ludite and, obviously, as a blogger I appreciate the benefits of social media, but I wonder what the study would reveal about students in upper level class, or for those with learning and attentional issues.
It's hard not to be drawn in to the siren call of facebook, twitter, or instant messaging. But isn't it nice to make a break from studying a real break?