The Influence of Social Networks on High School Students' Performance

The Influence of Social Networks on High School Students' Performance

Emad Abu-Shanab (Information Technology College, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan) and Heyam Al-Tarawneh (Ministry of Education, Jumanah High School, Irbid, Jordan)
DOI: 10.4018/IJWLTT.2015040104
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Social networks are becoming an integral part of people's lives. Students are spending much time on social media and are considered the largest category that uses such application. This study tries to explore the influence of social media use, and especially Facebook, on high school students' performance. The study used the GPA of students in four courses and their responses regarding the use of social media. Statistical analysis is used to infer this relationship and its implications. Results indicated a support of this study aim and the relationship between the different dimensions of Facebook influence on students with respect to the time spent on the Internet and Facebook specifically. Conclusions and future work are stated at the end.
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2. Literature Review

A study by Abu-Shanab and Al-Tarawneh (2013) explored the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook utilizing university students. A sample of 206 students responded to a survey containing 10 advantages and 10 disadvantages of Facebook, and yielded interesting results. The study did not focus on students’ academic performance, but took the issue as a general view of social media influence. Social networks are becoming major tools for education, and entertainment. The human nature is keen on interacting with people and finding common areas and interests.

In education, two streams are prevailing: the use of social networks as a tool supporting activities deemed important for the purpose of educational institutions, instructors, and students. The second stream is the bad influence social network inflicts on students behaviors and time management. This study will explore the relationship between performance and SN use. The following sections will review the literature related to the two streams and the performance issue related to students.

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