Nearly 10,000 Minnesota college students reported for the study, which named stress, excessive screen time, binge drinking, and gambling as some of the biggest negativeinfluencers on GPA. Overall, about 70 percent of subjects named stress as an issue in their lives, but for most, their GPA was unaffected. However, about one-third of the group registered a score of eight or higher on a scale of emotional stress (examples include failing a class, having credit card debt, and parental conflict) and that subset had an average GPA of 2.72. Those who were less tense had an average GPA of 3.3. With some arguing that pressure on students is higher today than in previous generations, identifying stress as a variable is important. Researchers hope that if colleges realize how much stress negatively impacts student performance, they will provide more and better resources to help students combat it. The key, researchers say, is to realize that stress can't be eliminated, but it can be managed.