New research shows people who are on social media are less likely to be successful at school
New research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied has found that social media can help people who struggle with social skills improve their chances at being successful at their jobs.
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study on a group of students from four high schools and found that people who used social media were less likely than people who did not to perform well in school.
They also found that those who were on social networks were more likely to use inappropriate language when speaking to teachers.
“Social media is not a substitute for learning and there are other tools for learning,” Dr. Michael Erikson, the lead author of the study and professor of education at the university, said in a press release.
“Our findings suggest that the use of social media by young people is a critical way to get the right balance of social and academic skills in a way that is conducive to learning.”
This study was part of a larger research project funded by the National Science Foundation.