Does Facebook Benefit College Students Socially And Academically?

1297 Words Sep 29th, 2014 6 Pages
Facebook has been found to interact with the psychological well-being and suggest that this will provide a greater benefit for users with low-self esteem and low-life satisfaction. Does Facebook benefit college students socially and academically? This research question is important because Facebook can be a major distraction to students and also can be a disturbance to how we interact in face-to-face conversations, but then again Facebook can help with networking and can possibly help people make cyber friends. When technology negatively affects how we learn and interact, it becomes a social problem that must be examined or studied for a possible solution. Researchers make a compelling argument examining the relationship of Facebook and how the social network affects learning and social interaction.
A random sample of 800 undergraduate students from Michigan State were emailed an invitation, with a short description of the study, information about confidentiality, motives, and attached was the survey. If there was no response from a sample then a reminder email was sent.
Key findings are when they compared the demographic samples to information, the sample appears to be a representative with a few exceptions. Female, younger, in state, and on campus students were disproportionately larger in the sample. Facebook users reported they spend between 10 and 30 minutes on average using Facebook and having between 100 to 200 friends recorded on their profile. In the study they…

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