Children who use Facebook a lot are more likely to get lower marks at school, says new study

Daily Mail (UK) 9th August 2011

Teenagers who regularly log in to their Facebook page and other social media will get lower grades at school, according to a US study. They are also likely to have behavioural problems and narcissistic tendencies from spending too much time logged on to the site. According to the research popular social network sites, like Facebook, are having a negative effect on teenagers as they grow up. Psychology professor Larry Rosen said researchers watched as students spent 15 minutes studying something that was important to them. He said the research team at California State University were ‘staggered’ as the students concentration lapsed because of the need to check their Facebook page.
‘What we found was mind-boggling,’ said Rosen. ‘About every three minutes they are off-task. You’d think under these constraints, knowing that someone is observing you, that someone would be more on task. ‘The more media they consumed per day, the worse students they were. ‘If they checked Facebook just once during 15 minutes, they were worse students.’ Rosen delivered his findings in a speech at the 19th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association entitled ‘Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids’.