Social media makes women stupid…or does it?

Felicity Capon


According to a recent study, girls at college and university are pretty silly. Rather than spending their time diligently studying in their college library, getting involved in a student protest or embarking on a pub crawl, their bodies covered in blue paint and dressed like a smurf, they are in fact, spending a staggering 12 hours of their day transfixed by social media. That’s 12 hours on average – half a day – engaged in some form of media use, “in particular texting, music, the internet and social networking”.

Silly girls.

The piece of research, carried out by the Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, questioned 483 female college students at an American northeast university about their social media habits. They were also asked to complete a survey about academic confidence, behaviours and problems. The findings are pretty bleak.

The lead author of the study, Jennifer Walsh, concluded: “We…

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