Week 13 Question

November 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Several of the readings regarding the Facebook study referred to the importance of being able to differentiate between correlation and causation in finding a link between the social media and GPA. There were also several flaws brought up in each of the studies regarding methodology and the subjects used in the study.

Do you think that there is a significant relationship between Facebook and lower GPA? What do you think would be an accurate way of determining if there is a link, or what factors could aid in lowering uncertainty of whether social media has an effect on GPA?

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  1. I feel like there has to be a significant relationship between Facebook and lower GPA. Currently on the CTOOLS website there is a poll about if you use your computer during class, what are you most likely doing: taking notes, email, Facebook, etc. – there is a large majority of the students that are on Facebook during class, and I can say that I’m one of those students sometimes. Paying attention in a large lecture is hard enough as it is, but when you have it as easy as a click away to be in a different world catching up with friends and looking at pictures – it is going to happen. Then you are less likely to catch what is going on in class and learn as well as you would if you were taking notes in your notebook.

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