It is no news that Facebook is a great way for college students to procrastinate their studies.  Whether it is during finals week or during a class itself, busy students always seem to find ways to browse through the activities of their friends.  But how do they have time to fit this in as well as get good grades?  Does using Facebook translate into lower grades?

The results of a recent study show that social media has become a habit in students’ lives, and sometimes, even an addiction.  Another recent fact is that the phrase “Facebook addiction” is searched approximately 300 times more than the phrase “cigarette addiction.”  So with what are college students struggling more?F for Facebook

Overall, social media is shown to have both positive and negative effects on students’ productivity levels.  Furthermore, this same study shows that students who choose to “study” and be on Facebook at the same time receive grades that are 20% lower than their peers.  In addition, students who spend significant amounts of time on Facebook only work five hours per week, as opposed to their Facebook-free friends who work approximately 16 hours weekly.

On the other hand, 20% of Facebook-savvy users felt involved in their community and its events.  Also, three-fourths of social media enthusiasts reported as using social media to collaborate for school projects.

Therefore, in order to become a better student and employee, I suggest spending a little less time on Facebook.  Find another source for your up-to-date information in the news and in the lives of your friends.  Unfortunately for you, my ironic suggestion to join the Facebook group to “Give Up Facebook for Lent” comes too late.  Lent ended on April 23rd, but I’m sure the movement in 2012 will be even bigger than 2011.

So “F” in this article really stands for “Find a Balance.”  Find balance in your life between your studies, your work, and your social activities.  I hope you will find your work environment to be enhanced and your grades to improve.  However, unfortunately for some people, F might still stand for Facebook.

Jamie Bates