Problematic Internet Use and the Effect on Academic Performance

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April 2010

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Dr. Eric Landrum


I examined the effect of Internet usage, specifically the use of social networking sites, on one’s grade point average. One hundred seven participants responded to an 8-question survey about their Internet usage and study habits. There was a significant interaction between the number of social networking sites a participant belonged to and the participant’s year in school. There was also a significant difference between the amount of time the participant spent on the Internet on how frequently they found themselves browsing the Internet for enjoyment when they should be using the Internet for school-related subjects. This research suggests that the use of the Internet, specifically the use of social networking sites, has a significant effect on the GPAs of college students.

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