A new study suggests that Facebook "directly influences social learning and can positively influence academic learning." Who knew?
We already know college students are addicted to Facebook, but a new study by a team of researchers in China and Hong Kong claims that all those hours spent checking status updates and tagging photos isn't necessarily bad for their grades. In fact, the study's findings surprisingly suggest that although Facebook seems like a massive time-suck, it actually "directly influences social learning and can positively influence academic learning."
The researchers found that 90 percent of the students they interviewed regularly use Facebook, and the time they spend on the networking site can be divided into two categories, social and educational. The social time is spent, as you might guess, connecting with other students. Colleges are already recognizing the role Facebook can play in ensuring students don't drop out. It makes sense that students that build relationships with their college peers and network with campus organizations on the site have a greater sense of belonging and will do better academically over the long run.