Website Blockers

Overview

     Website Blocking apps or websites are programs that restrict access to certain websites in attempt to reduce distractions. For example, a student could set a web block on Facebook and YouTube for 3 hours during which their computer would not allow them to access those websites. The intention of these programs is to reduce options for potential distractions.

The research on this topic is very minimal, likely because these programs being applied for this purpose is a relatively new practice. Research has shown that increased use of social media, such as Facebook, is negatively associated with time preparing for class and GPA of American university students (Junco, 2012). This means that the more time spent on Facebook the lower the student GPA. Extended on this idea, blocking the use of these sites would decrease time using them, and then in theory increase GPA, however this link has not been shown empirically and is purely speculation at this point. Future research on this topic is needed.

 

Research Rating: There is currently no research on the topic of students use of website blockers. Empirical research is needed to validate the link between website blockers and reduced social media usage.

 

Advantages:

  • No advantages have been empirically demonstrated.

 

Disadvantages:

  • None

 

To Consider:

  • None

Exact prices change frequently, which is why only approximate ranges are listed. 

$ - Under $5

$$ - Between $6 and $50

$$$ - Between $51 and $250

$$$$ - Over $250

References

Junco, R. (2012). Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of facebook use and academic performance. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(1), 187-198. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.08.026

Written by Harrison McNaughtan, Last Revision November 2018

Academic Intervention Lab

Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada
     Email: academicinterventionlab@utoronto.ca

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