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Thursday, July 23, 2009
When Networking Applications Attack...
We're all familiar with Facebook and Myspace and Twitter and other such social networking sites. But with Facebook and Myspace, you can do more than just find your old friends, connect with others at your college, chat with relatives in different states, and keep family updated with photos. You can now own a farm, become a vampire, battle with other werewolves, play silly arcade games with a Facebook/Myspace twist, or even run your own little restaurant.

These little applications don't seem like much of a big deal. After all, it's just fun and games. No one's getting hurt or anything. Right? Plus, you can invite your friends to join you on Facebook/Myspace and play along. But here's the catch. These little games are just as bad as regular PC games or other gaming systems simply because they can get addicting.

Are you a college or high school student who can get easily distracted by any little thing that looks like more fun than the homework assignment you should be working on? If this describes you, I suggest you keep the Facebook/Myspace logins to a minimum. The John Tesh Radio Show recently reviewed a study regarding Facebook in particular as far as grades.

According to a study published in Time magazine, John Tesh said, "Researchers at Ohio State University recently studied the Grade Point Averages of hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students. They found that the GPAs of Facebook users typically ranged a full grade lower than those of nonusers!"

Wow! If you're a college or high school student wanting to get those good grades, I suggest staying as far away from Facebook as possible. Or at least limit yourself to updating your status and logging off--letting your Facebook friends know you're serious about your studies right now and will log back in later to chat and play games. Trust me, your grades are more important in the long run than some silly little computer farm on Facebook. And your friends will understand.

If you're interested in reading all of what John Tesh had to say about Facebook and bad grades, I've put a snippit of the article up along with the link.

If you’re not among the near-200 million people who’ve joined Facebook by now, I have one question for you: Do you feel smarter for not signing up? According to a new report we found in Time magazine, you may be on to something. ...
Excerpt from "Facebook Users Tend to Get Lower Grades Than Nonusers"

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The John Tesh Radio Show
Facebook
Myspace
Personal Experience
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