The use of Facebook, and other social networking sites, on the Learning Commons workstations has recently become a topic of discussion. Opinions range from one extreme to the other. Some view Facebook as an essential tool that helps a person in their day-to-day life (including school), whilst others feel it is an unnecessary waste of time and University resources, and should be banned in the Learning Commons.
I came across an interesting article regarding some research by Ohio State University.
Interesting reading – the study doesn’t actually say that use of Facebook leads to less studying and lower grades, but that there is a relationship. Surely every generation has had their own distractions which affect their studies? Is Facebook any different, or are other factors involved? Has use of social networking sites had a detrimental effect on your studies? Should Facebook be allowed, or blocked, on the Learning Commons workstations?