Study Finds Social Media to Have a Negative Impact On Academic Performance The new report from the Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine shows that all that extra time spent on social media websites may not be so great for academic performance. It’s not uncommon for college students these days to have an open tab or two in their internet browser filled with a social media site or two. The sites allow many of us to feel connected to our friends and family when we can’t see or talk to them. There’s also the added bonus of being able to keep up on the lasted gossip among friends and to see what’s trending around the world. According to the study, it may be time to close those tabs and remove the apps from your smartphone or tablet as these distraction have a direct impact on “academic beghaviors, such as completing homework and attending class, lower academic confidence and more problems affecting school work, like lack sleep and substance use.” The report findings concluded that well over 12 hours a day is spent by college females in their freshman year. Much of the time spent on these sites was focused at places like Twitter, Facebook and movie/TV streaming services. All of the forms of social media are said to the worst when it comes to the impact had on students performance in school. There is an upside to the report, however, as it found that listening to music and reading tend to have a more positive effect on students with the ability to raise grades.