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Can Facebook Help Students In Studying?

With more than 1.600 million active users and translation in 110 languages, the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg is still the most popular and largest in the world.

Since its first appearance in early 2004, the platform has been the subject of both admiration and controversy.

While some claim that it has revolutionized communications, others accuse it of violating privacy and being only a source of distractions.

If you have ever tried to study with open Facebook, you probably know what we are talking about. After reading just a couple of paragraphs you grope and when you want to agree you have lost three hours looking at the news and profiles of your friends.

In a survey conducted by the Open University (Netherlands), 25% of the students consulted admitted that Facebook makes them get worse grades. According to experts, the human mind is not ready for multitasking, so when you try to concentrate on several things, more errors occurs.

However, other investigations contradict this fateful vision. A study by the University of Baylor (USA) revealed that participation in groups in this social network could be beneficial for study and learning, since it encourages students to get involved and participate more in the course.

Kevin Dougherty, lead author of the study, said that Facebook groups created for academic purposes help expand the classroom in time and space, allow students to interact with their peers about the content and clear doubts with teachers. In other words, they transform students from anonymous viewers to active learners, the specialist said.

 

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