Social media can be your key to better grades this year [Infographic]

Today is the unofficial end of summer in Canada, and many places around the world, as students from kindergarden to post-secondary return to school for another year of study. Social media is often demonized as a classroom (and workplace) distraction that negatively affects students. Early research from the Whittmore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire shows that this isn’t the case at all. It turns out that social media doesn’t mean lower grades; it actually helps create the environment that encourages discussion and knowledge transfer, ultimately resulting in higher grades for students who engage in social media the most.

This research has been captured in the infographic below, thanks to, and a few things really jumped out at me when I first saw it:

1. Better grades: It is interesting to note that this research suggests that better grades aren’t simply tied to whether you use social media or not, but it found that the more hours a student spends using social media the more likely it would be that they had higher grades.

2. Increase of peer-to-peer learning: When teachers integrate social media in the classroom, this research shows learning through discussion increases and students achieve higher grades. Often, this can be as simple as a Facebook page where students can discuss course content and assignments, Twitter accounts to send students reminders, or even YouTube videos of past lectures.

3. Use for education: After social media’s social and entertainment value, this research indicates that the third most common thing students use social media for is education.

Have your grades changed since you began using social media?

3 Responses to “Social media can be your key to better grades this year [Infographic]”

  1. Nice reflection. I agree that social media holds great potential in education.

    With regards to your #1 reflection, though, I wonder if that’s a correlation rather than causal. The more time kids spend on Facebook, for example, might just mean they have more leisure time (free time isn’t eaten up by work/sports) and better access to the Internet. So the cause for better grades could likely be something else other than spending time on social media sites.


    • I would have to agree with you, Mike. I think that there are a number of factors that are probably in play that lead these students to spending more time in the social sphere. You’ve hit on a few – more leisure time and access to the internet – but I also think that parental income and education level would play a role.

      I would also think that those students who spend the most time using social media are the most comfortable in the many-to-many information exchange environment – this comfort would lead to the ability to translate the “information” gathered using social media to “knowledge”….and when this environment is introduced into the classroom, that translation is accelerated.

      Thanks for the comment, Mike!



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