The Wired Generation: Academic and Social Outcomes of Electronic Media Use Among University Students

Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2011 May;14(5):275-80. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0135. Epub 2010 Oct 20.


Little is known about the influence of electronic media use on the academic and social lives of university students. Using time-diary and survey data, we explore the use of various types of electronic media among first-year students. Time-diary results suggest that the majority of students use electronic media to multitask. Robust regression results indicate a negative relationship between the use of various types of electronic media and first-semester grades. In addition, we find a positive association between social-networking-site use, cellular-phone communication, and face-to-face social interaction.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Educational Status
  • Electronic Mail
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Social Support*
  • Students*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities