Смирнова Анна Вадимовна
The Analysis of the Effects of Social Network Usage on Students' Academic Performance
A growing volume of research is dedicated to the role of the social networks and their impact on the everyday life. Social networks are very popular among university students and their effects on learning outcomes are contradicting. The present research examines the effects of the activity in social networks on students' academic performance. The sample included 7696 students of the Russian university. The data used for the analysis were collected from the popular Russian social network VK. The results indicated that low-performing students spent more time online. The top students spent less time online after midnight and exhibited a more stable sleeping pattern. The earlier wake-up time was positively predictive of academic performance, late bedtimes contributed to the low rating positions. The results confirm that students' online activity indicators and sleep patterns can partly explain the variance in the academic performance.