Facebook Time, Multitasking, and Students' Performance

FB TimeA study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology correlates time spent on Facebook and multitasking with poorer academic performance. An Iowa State researcher studied 1649 active student users, and found that seniors spent less time on Facebook and less time multitasking than freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Time spent on the site was negatively predictive of freshmen's GPA, and multitasking was negatively predictive of GPA for all ranks but seniors. 

Discussion Starters:

  • What, if anything, about these findings surprise you?
  • The respondents attended Iowa State University. Do you think the results would differ at other universities?
  • What cautions would you raise about the findings?