School failure and social networks: is there a link?

Échec scolaire et réseaux sociaux : y a-t-il un lien ?

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The Internet is a great source of information that can be very valuable for study and work. But social networks can harm us.

Indeed, more and more students are in a situation of academic failure, as a result of the many hours spent chatting.

Great difficulties oflearning during the school curriculum, or even early abandonment without diploma of studies. Source: Wiktionary

Do social networks play a role in school failure?

A study, made by the University of Ohio in the United States on 219 students, aims to find out whether Facebook is one of the reasons for school failure. Of these students, 117 graduated and 102 did not graduate. It was found that only 52% of graduates had a Facebook account. While 85% of those who did not graduate have a Facebook account.

It is also mentioned that students with a Facebook account spend between 1 and 5 hours per week working while students without an account work an average of 11 to 15 hours per week.

We can therefore see that social networks, and Facebook in this case, are not innocent and do not lead to work.

Studies on the subject show that on average, each year, a high school student spends 900 hours in class compared to around 1,200 hours in front of his screens.

The same goes for phones. Since we note that 95.6% of adolescents between 12 and 18 years old in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation own a smartphone. The average age of graduation is 13.5 years. It has also been observed that girls spend more time there than boys.

Social media can be a threat to studies and hinder student concentration; it’s up to everyone to be vigilant and take responsibility!

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