Journal article

Making sense of multitasking: The role of Facebook

Terry Judd

COMPUTERS & EDUCATION | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Media multitasking and Facebook use are commonplace among college and university-aged students. While the two are often linked and each has been independently associated with reductions in academic performance, their relationship to each other is not particularly well understood. This relationship was examined by analysing comprehensive time-based logs of students' computer-based tasks, including Facebook, during unsupervised, self-directed learning sessions. A total of 3372 sessions contributed by 1249 students were analysed. Multitasking was extremely common - around 99% of sessions involved some multitasking (at least three instances of a particular task within a 20 min period). Facebook ..

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