What is the Relationship Between Media Use and Academic Performance?

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What is the Relationship between Media Use and Academic Performance? Technological advances have allowed for so many conveniences to be available for humans all over the world. Of the many advances that have been made, social networks have come to be a highly used method of technology that allows for many avenues of networking. The empirical research experiments within this study observe a variety of scholars ranging in age, race and gender. The methods used were very practical and produced results that supported the hypothesis. Researchers predicted that not only are Facebook and other social networks impacting the way emerging adults interact, but also the negative effect that it has on academic performance. Results both supported and identified key concepts of the hypothesis of these researchers. Facebook facilitates expansive social networks that grow through distant kinds of relationships (Manago, Taylor, & Greenfield, 2012). Findings also include that social networks can have a correlation and relationship to poor academic performance Dr. Jennifer Walsh and others conducted a study in 2013 titled, Female College Students’ Media Use and Academic Outcomes: Results From a Longitudinal Cohort Study. There was a larger part of this study of which these participants were included in. The study was on health behaviors and relationships, but the main study focused on media use and academic performance. This study was an example of the most common type of descriptive research-survey. The researchers conducted a longitudinal study, in this case, a within-participants design because the same sample of respondents are questioned more than once. The independent variable was media use and the dependent variable was grade point... ... middle of paper ... ...stray away from the original document and there was no exaggeration. The press article even included a limitation of the current study mentioned in the journal, along with more implications for further research. In conclusion, the results of this study provide some great insights on the relationship of social media use and academic performance. While two forms of popular social media use were tested – new media and old media, along academic performance, researchers can infer that they are linked. On the other hand, this isn’t going to be true for every scholar that uses social media frequently. More so, this study serves as a general understanding and foundation of the relationship between the two variables. Past research, this research and other research to follow will serve as a general basis for the effect that social media use has on academic performance.
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