Week 13 Question – Emily Thibodeau

November 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Both the Karpinski and Pasek et. al. responses note that more research into the potential link (or lack there of) between Facebook and academic performance is needed. Given that both studies examine GPA as a primary measure of success, are there other relevant measures of success that could be explored in future research in an attempt to set the record straight?  Examples may include scores on national exams, such as ACT/SAT for high school students or GRE/LSAT/MCAT for college students. Would these measures be more beneficial? What other measures of success or Facebook use would help?

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  1. Perhaps other measure of success could be post-graduation employment rates, or income. Personally, I do not measure success monetarily. I must say that I am very intrigued by your observation of both Pasek et al. and Karpinski using GPA as the established measurement of educational success and also their call for more research. I never even thought to question this presumption made by both studies, and quite frankly by most people. Thinking critically, however, we students understand that GPA is not fully representational of our educational success. It makes me wonder how many other measurements that we have read about are simply overlooked and taken for granted, but don’t actually provide a very accurate representation.

  2. I think a main problem is that it is hard to test if Facebook is the reason for a lower effect. There are too many other factors to control for. If standardized test scores were lower for Facebook users, how would you be able to prove that the reason for this is ultimately test scores? I also think that standardized test scores are not a good indication of educational success, because someone that gets a high SAT score for instance, it doesn’t mean they will get good grades in college. It is hard to test Facebook’s influence on academic performance because there are so many different measures taken into account to show academic success. I think that looking at test scores would leave many questions unanswered, just as in the case of GPAs.


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