Get Better Grades By Using…Social Media?

Take a look at the infographic below (courtesy of http://mastersineducation.org/ – Obtained from Infographics Archive).

Carefully look at each leading and comparative statistic. Comment on this post and tell me whether you agree with this based on your experience as a student. Why or why not? Is there (or could there be) bias in this argument)?

 

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10 Comments

  1. I do not believe that social media improves grades. I do not believe this because of more of a personal experience. In my experience I always have my iPhone by my side and I feel it vibrate, or I hear it ding and I get super distracted. I feel like when I don’t have social media around me I do so much better thats why I use the do not disturb button on my phone so that the screen won’t light up, it won’t vibrate or ding. Social media makes me super distracted and I take way longer doing my homework. I believe this is a very biased study because, it shows that social media all has positive outcome for students which is most definitely not the case.

  2. I don’t know that I absolutely agree with this statistic. It’s a little out dated, so there are a lot more people on some of the sites then there were when this happened. Also, students don’t really use social media to form study groups. Personally, I’ve only seen it happen only a hand full of times and they don’t stay as study groups for long. Someone always gets off topic and then it’s basically used for entertainment. Another thing, was the statistic about students who spend more time on social media get better grades. The way I see it, the students who spend most of their time on social networking sites usually get the lower grades in school because instead of studying, their making plans with friends or watching a funny video.

  3. I do not agree with this article that social media helps you or makes you get better grades if anything it would make you get worse grades. Maybe social media is all you think about during school or during school your always checking your facebook or twitter and not paying attention in class. Just because your on social media sites alot and the student happens to be smart and gets good grades doesnt mean that social media is causing the student to get good grades.I think this article is an opinion with some bias things in this article.

  4. Based on the title of this info graphic, you can tell it has some biased information. “How to get better grades using social media” does not sound like a source that will accurately compare whether or not you could get better grades. It sounds like something trying to “sell” the idea that social media helps you do better in school. The statistics presented also seem biased and slightly unrealistic. Plus, the charts and statistics seem to be repeating the same information over and over in different visual representations.
    I do think that, in some ways, social media could help in an education setting. If teachers used social media as a teaching tool, students may be more interested. On the other hand, however, students get easily distracted by social media. I could see how it would be more of a distraction than a tool. I think there are two sides to this argument and I can agree with some aspects of each side.

  5. This infographic is biased towards students getting better grades using social media by showing statistics and facts. I do not believe students achieve better grades with social media. First, only about 25%-30% of students use social media for education reasons. This could be to form online study groups or watch videos relating to class. On the other hand, most students spend their time using social media instead of studying or doing homework. Students who do use social media on a daily basis mostly use it to check their friends’ statuses and/or photos. From another aspect, some students have an unending amount of homework each night which eliminates their use of social media. Either way, social media does not help students get better grades.

  6. For me its hard to say if social media really does provoke kids or is a reason why, kids that use it, have “better grades.” I can’t really speak from experience because its not like my grades, personally, have sky rocketed from basic to advanced simply because of tweeting more often or updating my status on a daily basis. However I do understand, based on these statistics, how social media can play a role in kids getting better grades in school. I feel that social media can be a very very good study tool in the communication aspect. With social media we can speak to a group of people all at once about projects or homework and can help one another with these things. Kids can share more than just text with each other, say through twitter, because we provide links to different resources on the internet and pictures that may help as well. Lastly, I understand that social media may help because in the sense that people are using their brains more than just in school but in communicating with one another and finding valuable information on social media sites. I know personally that Twitter is very good for finding random useful (sometimes useless but fun) facts and can be educational.

  7. I am not sure that using social media more results in better grades. As a student and social media user, I know that when I check my Facebook, Twitter or Pintrest account I am not focused on my school work. Not doing school work because you lost time checking social media will harm, not increase your grades. The issue with the data is that I am a social media user and I do have high grades but that does not link the two together. Studying will produce higher grades than social media.
    The problem in this argument is that it could be biased. The social media companies and students would like the correlation between using social media and getting good grades to be the same. However, parents do not always agree and create bias the other way. Social media has its place in learning, it is easier to connect with classmates when you forgot what the assignment was and it is easier to get information about subjects that are confusing, however using social media does not mean that you will get better grades.

  8. P.S.
    I also have thought that a lot of kids who use social media are kids that are usually more “popular” or are higher up in the social ladder. And most of the times, these kids are the ones who are already getting good grades. So with that I would say that this infographic is definitely biased but does make good points.

  9. I do agree with the suggestions of the infographic, but only to a short length. Social media can be used as a very helpful tool, but as far as I am aware, it can be used as just that. For example, the students that formed an online group to help each other did use social media in an effectively smart way, as they might have not wanted to drive, bike, walk, or rollerblade away from the comfort of their padded computer chairs. However, if the need for study was truely dire, I am almost certain that these bright students could muster up enough energy to physically meet each other and bypass the simple convenience of social media. Again, I see it as helpful, but only that. The case could be that the student which already receives high grades is simply copying his/her work and sending it to his/her “friends”.

  10. “How to Get Better Grades Using Social Media”

    The info graphic in question states that overall, social media usage can help students get better grades in school. This idea sounds ridiculous from the start, and the “data” supporting it is just as absurd.

    The pool of students that was questioned studied on this subject only numbered a measly 1,127 students. There are high school classes this size. That means that this data could have been taken from only one school or two at the most. On what basis were these students chosen to be polled? Was it based on predetermined social media use? Or were they random? The graphic fails to give us this information, harming its credibility.

    This graphic also shows in a bar graph that social media is used more commonly for educational purposes than for professional ones, ranking Education as the third highest use for social media. Anyone who uses these sites knows that this is nonsense. How often do we get on Twitter looking for the answer to a question on our homework? We have the resource of texting or talking to a teacher the next day, as I’m sure these students who were surveyed do as well.

    Overall, this document seems highly incredible, and I thoroughly disagree with its main points and arguments.

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