Social media has a negative impact on student academic performance, health, and personal security

A recent Asia Pacific University study found that social media has negative effects on student academic performance, a potential student health threat, and subjects users to security issues. The 2014 study surveyed 152 university students, focusing on college-age (18-25 years) participants with a diverse background and education level.

Courtesy: Ryerson University
The researchers showed that social media impacts students negatively; that the more time users were on social media the lower their GPA. These findings aligned with similar studies from Reysol Junco (2012) and Karpinski (2010)

The health of heavy social media users is subject to Internet addiction. This addiction varies with intensity, however, is associated with constant refreshing and feeling the need to share all aspects of daily life. The findings are in line with similar research conducted by Dr Sam Thomas (2011). 

Personal security is a major concern when surfing the web. Unfortunately, the Asia Pacific researchers concluded that although Internet users are aware of privacy and security statements they are typically unaware of the extent to which companies can use and share information. 

The negative effects of social media can be prevented by using the popular Internet applications in moderation. The researchers believe that social media distracts students and prevents learning in the classroom, suggesting that the university block social media apps on the campus network during class times. I believe this could be an effective method to combat the negative impact of social media. It is clear that social media does more harm than good in a traditional classroom setting, and should be monitored to enhance student learning.

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