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I am an Australian occupational therapist, educator and researcher. I have worked as an OT in mental health, vocational rehabilitation and a private surgical hospital. I am passionate using online technology to enhance the knowledge and growth of the occupational therapy profession. In my PhD research I am looking at the role of online technologies in information management and knowledge transfer in occupational therapy. Views expressed and stories shared on this blog are my opinion and do not represent views of my employer or professional registration body.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


SAN DIEGO – College students who use Facebook spend less time studying and have lower grade point averages than students who have not signed up for the social networking website, according to a pilot study at one university.

However, more than three-quarters of Facebook users claimed that their use of the social networking site didn’t interfere with their studies.

“We can’t say that use of Facebook leads to lower grades and less studying – but we did find a relationship there,” said Aryn Karpinski, co-author of the study and a doctoral student in education at Ohio State University.

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Anonymous said...

Ahh.. So sad - but probably true!!

I wonder if they would find the same results at the University of Alberta! ;) Maybe a new research project for you!? Speaking from experience.. Facebook is a fantastic time-waster… and although can be quite entertaining and informing.. It’s good to keep your eye on the clock and set some limits!! --Pam

Anita Hamilton said...

Yes Pam, I too am distracted by FB... it is such an easy way to have trivial conversations! Maybe trivial conversations are still valid. I'd love to research this at the UofA with my students :-)

Centenial College said...

That's very sad !
But, If it's true then what should parents to do stop that.

I hope you have some advice about that.


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Anita Hamilton said...

Centenial College, the whole article needs to be read for the full picture. The authors concede that students who are easily distracted may be the ones using facebook and that they may be a group of students who would be distracted by other activities such as TV, texting, computer games and so on. So taking away one distractor may not help.

Perhaps we need to be able to assess who is easily distractable this way and then work with them on how to stay on task with their school work. Maybe it could include using FB in their schoolwork, or having small amounts of time on FB as Pam suggested in an earlier comment.
Cheers, Anita.

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