Scientific studies are accumulating that being constantly “wired” to social media can interfere with learning and (in part because of the time they consume) become a source of stress.
One neurological study suggests that if you study for an exam and then engage in social networking, your brain stores the later emotion-laden content in preference to the “dry” material you were studying, thus perhaps undermining the effectiveness of studying.
The implication of this and other studies is that sleep after studying (five hours seems to be the minimum amount needed to consolidate what you’ve learned in a study session), perhaps preceded by a less emotional mode of relaxation (a hot bath or listening to music) may be a better way to prepare for an exam than Facebook. And limiting time investment in internet activities may be necessary to the quality of scholarship needed to do well in college.Downloadable Papers
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