Social Media and Education

What is the relationship between social media and education?

by: Anita Kwok, Anna Sherpa, Jesenia Ludizaca and Teresa Lopez

Social media is slowly impacting our lives. We want to see if it affects our grades since we get easily distracted by it. We want to make sure students don’t focus on social media more than they focus on their studies.

We decided to see if there was a correlation between social media and education. We created a survey and emailed it out to the ninth grade. Out of the whole ninth grade, 28 students answered our survey. When we sent this survey, the following questions came into our heads:

  • How much will their grades be affected if they’re heavy social media users?
  • How much will their grades be affected if they’re light social media users?
  • Do kids our age go on social media in the morning (during breakfast or on your way to school?
  • Do kids our age use social media while doing homework or studying?

This is a box plot representing the social media usage per day by 9th graders. It has an overall of 5 hours spent on social media. Since this data is skewed, the median would be the best measure of center. Most of the students that completed out survey spent about 2 to 9 hours on social media( or an IQR of 7). Other than this, we also wanted to see the grade averages for ninth grade students.

This box plot represents the grade averages for ninth grade students. This is skewed because most of the data is leaning towards the right. The typical TYWLSA students surveys would have an overall average of 89. Since it's skewed, the median would be the best measure of center. Most of the students that completed our survey would have an average from 82 to 92 (or an IQR of 10).

This scatter plot represents the students averages AND the hours they spent on social media. You can see that it's a negative slope and slowly lowering. The correlation coefficient is low which indicated there isn't much of a correlation. The more time spent on social media, the lower of a GPA you'll have. According to techbread.net, a study by JCA[shows that] "an institution that specializes in personal and social developments, 500 teachers have concluded that students with the poorest grades were far more active in social networking". You can see that the highest average (94) only uses two hours of social media.

This is a frequency table that compares social  media while doing homework and social media in the morning. As you can see there are more people using social media while doing homework than  people who don't. This may be the reason why people get grades that aren't that high. They are distracted by social media while doing homework. According to seomworld.com, "Social Media had become a major distraction to students, causing the overall performance of students to decline, especially the ones who tend to check their Facebook and twitter while studying". However, they can be multitasking instead of being distracted. Multitasking may not be the best  decision either. According to educemic.com, "Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance. Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, stumble upon, Facebook or Twitter.". There is less people using social media in the morning which is a good sign. Using social media early in the morning is bad for you.

CONCLUSION

Our group has concluded that overall, people who spend more time on social media have a lower grade point average. Many people use social media while studying, doing homework, or hanging out with friends which can distract them from actually studying or socializing. Out of the 27 9th grade students that answered our survey, 14 of them use social media while studying or doing homework and 13 don’t. Although it comes in very close, that’s more than half of the students we surveyed.  According to statepress.com, “in a matter of two or three years, social media has become the single largest distraction for both students and working adults alike”. Using social media while doing work may lead to lower grades being that it is a huge distraction. Other than social media being a big distraction while studying or doing homework, it is also a huge distraction when it comes to socializing or just hanging out with friends. Out of the 27 9th graders that filled out our survey, 13 students (48.10%) are distracted with social media while with friends and 14 students (51.9%) aren't distracted. According to ecudemic.com, The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person. Although there are more students that aren't distracted with social media while socializing, it comes in very close where only one person (3%) is less distracted by social media while socializing. Out of the 27 students we surveyed, 16 students go on social media in the morning. That’s 59.3%. That’s the highest percentage we've had by far! Then, there’s that 40.7% of people who don’t go on social media in the morning.Our percentages show that students are so caught up in social media that they use it every minute of their day, like when students are using social media bright and early in the morning. As you can see by the scatter plot, the highest average (94) only uses 2 hours of social media! Although there are people who only use social media for 5 minutes or half an hour, they don’t have the highest averages. However, they come close. In conclusion, social media does affect our overall GPA.

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