Due to the popularity Twitter now has, our research group decided to further study the use of twitter by college students. We chose this topic because as college students, we are very familiar with social media outlets, such as twitter. With the rapid growth in technology that we have today, and our own experience with social media in classrooms, we wanted to see how other universities and college students take advantage of Twitter. Research Background & Purpose In recent years, college students are using more technology, such as the Internet, for reading or research and books are becoming obsolete. Instead of meeting with their colleagues, students are communicating over email, text message, and other social media outlets.
Specifically, instructors could post review about lessons in Facebook and conduct active discussion about school works with students. Further, instructors believe that Facebook could facilitate communication and engage college students in their studies, thus catalyzing college students’ academic performance. However, Facebook’s advantages are overshadowed by the harmful impacts that Facebook might have on college students. For instance, this social networking website could significantly distract students from studying and further impair their academic performance. Moreover, Facebook could cause a high level of stress that could influence college students’ personalities and lead to academic problems.
Social media is defined as websites and applications used for social networking, in other words it is a way for people to interact and express themselves without being face to face. Social media has become a large part of the life of teenagers, who make up most of the population of people who are subjected to using social media in their daily lives. Many college students are faced with balancing their social lives with school and even athletics making priorities a big dilemma for them. College students in America are affected in many ways by social media whether it be their social life, their happiness, or their grades. Studies have shown that social media has a direct correlation to a college students social life.
Social media has a bold impact college student's grades, social interactions, and the teaching and learning process. To begin, there have been many speculations about social media and how the effects it has on grades. Stated by Lomeli, “some students would rather Facebook then do their homework. There is a lot of time lost due to social media”. As Lomeli said, "some students spend six to eight hours per day on social media, such as Facebook, while completing their homework.
Alternatively, some believe that Facebook is replacing face to face interaction in people and that people are beginning to use these social media outlets as their only source of socializing with others. There are also concerns that bullying is finding a new form through the means of social media. In fact 20% of teens have claimed to have been bullied online (Thomson, 2009). What many people do not understand or consider when investigating Facebook is that it can be an extremely effective communication tool. In 2008, when Facebook was just beginning to take off, ... ... middle of paper ... ...es as a teacher to constantly reevaluate and reflect upon their practices.
Eager to see what “selfie” their favorite celebrity has posted on Instagram. The constant mentality of, “ Oh that would be a good tweet”, or “ Lets post theses pictures on Facebook”, defines how teenagers of this generation focus more on how they could build up their identity of being funny, or having a great time, when in reality, it can be all fake. If only all these tweets, or chats were spoken to each other, teenagers will have a tremendous increase in their social skills, which is a major downside of social media. Social media also affects education, as it is a distraction. Even businesses are taking advantage of this social media craze, as they are manipulating the use of advertising through consumers posts.
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Time Spent on Social Media In the age that we live in, social media has intergraded with college student’s daily lives and how much time is spent on social media. Social media is neither inherently bad nor good it all depends on how it is being used. “Social media are increasingly mobile, smartphones and tablets give users instant and around the clock access to social media and other web functions.” (Martinez-Aleman) When college students access sites on social media like Twitter or Facebook and get side tracked then social media is bad because it effects their education. However, when it is being used to communicate with their peers or professors then social media is a tool of good. Some researchers believe that the social media helps college
In a study done at a college (Barker) 81% of the people surveyed said they use social media to keep in touch with friends they do not see often and 48% use it to keep in touch with family and relatives. (Online Social Networking and Addiction.) Social media is a good source to use for businesses (advertising and publicity), a good source for news and spreading news quickly, and to be close to celebrities! The action to be taken should not be to eliminatie all social media use, but to limit it. Let youth know the difference between real and virtual worlds, and once it is obvious that a youth is becoming addicted to social media it is time to take a time out.
At present, whether social media is favorable or unfavorable, many students utilize these sites on a daily basis. As social media sites continue to grow in popularity it is our belief that technology is a vital part of today’s student success equation. Many parents are worried that their college students are spending too much time on Facebook and other social media sites and they do not have enough time studying. (Walter & Rivera, 2004) Therefore, our research ascertains the relationship between the social media and students’ study efficiency. Everyone is different, and for some students, studying and being motivated to learn comes n... ... middle of paper ... ...