Students With High GPA Scores More Prone to Facebook Jealousy

New research suggests that students with high GPA scores may be more prone to feelings of romantic jealousy than those who are less studious.

Undergraduate students, who had a higher grade point average (GPA), were more likely to experience jealousy over misunderstandings on the social network among people in romantic relationships.

As one might expect, women had higher levels of Facebook jealousy than men. However men are more jealous of sexual infidelity and women more jealous of emotional infidelity.

The findings regarding GPA are preliminary, and the researchers still need to tease out the reason for the possible link, said study researcher Denise Friedman, an associate professor of psychology at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

But it may be that people with high GPAs tend to have a personality type that makes them more prone to jealousy.

“Students with higher GPAs are often more conscientious, show greater self-control and tend to be more of a perfectionist,” Friedman said. “The perceived infidelity likely upsets their attempts at perfection across the board.”

The researchers plan to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal this summer. Some of the findings were presented at the Association for Psychology Science meeting in May.

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Paying for Your Child’s College Education

The cost of a post-secondary education is a hot topic. Tuition fees continue to rise, and student debts are crippling new grads. The big question is, who should pay for school? Should parents do their best to cover their kids’ educations? There are two schools of thought. Firstly, if your child has to pay for higher education then they will work harder and be more fiscally responsible. However they may start their adult life thousands of dollars in debt which will take them a long time to pay off. Secondly, if parents pay for higher education it is a gift. The cost of an undergraduate degree is approximately $80,000 – a huge gift!! As a parent you want to give your child the best start in life you can afford. Enabling them to get an education and start their adult life debt free is the best start you can give them.
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