August 11, 2016 by Paul Dughi
A new study shows that 15-year olds that are active users of social networks, such as Facebook, perform worse in school versus students that use social media rarely. It’s a pretty comprehensive study, tracking more than 12,000 teens and was conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
The study tracked reading, science, and math scores of those students that were heavy users of social media and those who were not. The differences were stark: the heavy users scored several grade levels lower than the students who were not heavy users. For daily users, the Institute reports that math performance of daily users was as much as 20 points lower in scores.
Remember when mom told us not to sit around and play video games all day?
Those who went online to play video games tended to perform better. The study says playing the game helped the students be better problem solvers in the classroom. Daily online players scored 15 points above average in math and reading and even better in science studies.
“When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day.”
– Professor Alberto Posso (Study co-author)
The results are not insignificant. 45% of teens use social media every day. According to commonsensemedia.org, which studied the behavior of more than 2,600 teens.
Common Sense defines itself as the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology.
50% of teens say they check social media often.
There’s a huge discrepancy between boys and girls when it comes to video games online. Draw your own conclusions.
“Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.” – Professor Alberto Posso