A study prone to be misunderstood: a possible link between social media groups and academic performance

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Show me which groups you take part in on social media or which pages you like, and I’ll tell you how good you’ll do in school. Well, that could well be the interpretation of this study, but a couple of things:

  • correlation doesn’t mean causal relation (!)
  • being part of some social media groups means higher risk on performing less, but not necessarily.
  • Neither vice versa!
  • And no: it’s not a good idea to check the social media profiles of your students – privacy!!!

Now you know this, do read on. From the press release:

High school students’ membership in certain social media groups can be used to predict their academic performance, as demonstrated by Ivan Smirnov, junior research fellow at HSE’s Institute of Education. The analysis of school students’ membership in groups and communities was used to detect low-performing and high-performing students. https://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM18/paper/viewFile/17798/17027 Teenagers’ performance at school can be…

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