The performance of students who use Twitter to study is 25 to 40% lower

Does Twitter make you less informed? Italian scientists find the performance of students who use the site to study drops at 25 to 40%

  • Researchers have studied the performance of around 1,500 high school students
  • Students who used Twitter to analyze a text did worse than their peers
  • Experts say the findings suggest that we should all be more wary about using Twitter to discuss the issues of the day
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Using Twitter to debate may be responsible for a decline in the quality of public discourse, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that student use of Twitter correlated with a drop in test results of between 25 and 40 percent.

Experts say that the drop was most noticeable among students with higher reach, and that the use of social networking sites had damaged their performance.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last year that his company is responsible for & # 39; building a systemic framework to encourage healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking & # 39 ;.

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But the finding can confirm what many people have already claimed – that social media is not the best place for a well-informed discussion.

Using Twitter to debate may be responsible for a decline in the quality of public discourse, a new study suggests. Researchers found that student use of Twitter correlated with a drop in test results of between 25 and 40 percent

Using Twitter to debate may be responsible for a decline in the quality of public discourse, a new study suggests. Researchers found that student use of Twitter correlated with a drop in test results of between 25 and 40 percent

Researchers from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan studied the performance of around 1,500 students at 70 Italian high schools during the academic year 2016 to 2018.

They received a novel written in 1904 by the Italian Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello to study.

The text – The Late Mattia Pascal – saturates issues of self-knowledge and self-destruction.

Half of the students were encouraged to discuss and analyze the text on Twitter, with teachers adding their own answers to liven up the debate.

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The remaining 50 percent used more traditional classroom-based seminars to cast over the work.

Those who used Twitter suffered the decline in performance when it was time for tests.

& # 39; It's pretty damaging & # 39 ;, said professor of economic professor Gian Paolo Barbetta in an interview with The Washington Post (WP).

& # 39; I can't tell if something changes in the mind, but I can say that something is changing in behavior and performance. & # 39;

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (photo) said last year that his company is responsible for & # 39; building a systemic framework to encourage healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking & # 39;

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (photo) said last year that his company is responsible for & # 39; building a systemic framework to encourage healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking & # 39;

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (photo) said last year that his company is responsible for & # 39; building a systemic framework to encourage healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking & # 39;

While it may seem unfair to keep Twitter – a platform built on spicy short messages – to account for not improving academic performance, the site is already being used by hundreds of Italian schools.

These institutions have created a forum, called TwLetteratura, for discussions about major literary works.

Experts behind the newspaper say the findings suggest that we should all be more wary about using Twitter to discuss the issues of the day.

Professor Barbetta told the WP that people take a shortcut if it is given to them.

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& # 39; But a shortcut will not take you to the destination in this case, & # 39; he added. & # 39; It will take you somewhere else. & # 39;

The full findings of the research have been published in a working document that has been prepared by the university and has not yet been assessed by peers.

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