Jun 27, 2008, 08:25AM

Facebook And Myspace Helps Low-Income Students...Maybe

A recent study showed that use of social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace is increasing computer and technology use among lower-income youth. However, a discrepancy in research methods may shed doubt on the findings.

he results of a University study released last week show that more low-income high school students are using the Internet, but those surveyed were part of a program that already used the Internet in its curriculum.
The survey's main finding was that social networking Web sites like Facebook and Myspace enhance students' technological skills.

According to the study, 94 percent of low-income high school students are using the Internet, but an April 2008 Pew Research Center report puts that number at 86 percent.

The discrepancy may exist in how the surveys were conducted.

The students in the University survey were part of Admission Possible , an after-school college-preparatory program for 1,200 low-income students in 15 Twin Cities metro-area high schools.

The program regularly uses the Internet to research colleges and search for scholarships, according to a University news release.



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