Facebook dumbs you down

Posted by Emory Kale

Los Angeles (CA) - A study from Ohio State University, based on a study of 219 students, suggests that the more you use Facebook, the less you study, and the worse your grades get. However, the report’s author does say the report only shows a possible connection between Facebook use and lower performance in your studies. Sure, we all know the truth: Facebook makes you dumb, among other things.

If you use Facebook, you are probably driven by the inane status updates that spew out of your friends across your pages. The joy of a muffin, the pictures of a party where everyone got drunk and dressed up like a slutty leprechaun, and the obligatory question that hopes to solicit a comment because you want to make sure someone in your network is reading your pathetic attempts at making the minutiae of your existence seem interesting. It is the equivalent of Vogon poetry, odes to green putty found in one’s arm putty. It makes you read stupid things, write stupid things, and think stupid thoughts. Unfortunately, the Ohio State University report did not go that far.

It says that 65% of students checked Facebook once a day, some more than that, and that they spent at least an hour a day on the site. Interestingly enough, 79% of the Facebook users felt that using the site had no impact on their work.  The real difference is grades?

“It is the equivalent of the difference between getting an A and a B.” Said Aryn Karpinski, the researcher at Ohio State who quizzed 219 students for his study.