The Impact of Social Media Upon Education

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Social media is a necessity. Around every corner, a person is seen scrolling through the countless news feeds on their favorite social media sites. This fast developing technology is changing the way that the world communicates on all levels, even to the point that people text each other when they are in the same room. With the uprising of faster social media, hardly anything else is used to get information, or communicate it. The obvious fact that social media is truly everywhere is apparent without a long search. With this being said, it is apparent that social media has taken a reign over many aspects of our lives: our communication along our social chains, getting current information, and so many other parts that affect American life. One of the pieces that might not shine as bright, is the correlation between social media and higher education. Since social media is advancing the way everyday life is lived, it naturally is starting to blend into the more efficient ways that are created to get the best education possible. Social media’s role in college education is becoming more active all of the time; it lets students become more involved, it gives them easier access to resources, it improves their education quality, but it can also create a legal mess if not carefully proctored. Most patrons who pursue a higher education, want to be educated. Hopefully they don’t want to waste their time and hard earned resources for nothing. After all, why else would we be willing to allot the huge sum of money that it takes to cover the price of an education of quality. The best way to get all of the value out of a college course, is to be as involved as much as possible. This may be more of a persistent struggle for some. T... ... middle of paper ... ...anadian Journal of Education, 36(1), 271-304. Web. 09 Mar. 2014. International Center for Media and The Public Agenda. “Students Addicted to Social Media.” Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Reading on Popular Culture for Writers. 7th ed. Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon. Boston: Bedford, 2012. 483-86. Print. Li, L., & Pitts, J. P. (2009). Does it really matter? using virtual office hours to enhance student-faculty interaction. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2), 175-185. Web. 05 Mar.2014. Okoro, E. (2012). Integrating social media technologies in higher education: Costs-benefits analysis. Journal of International Education Research, 8(3), 255. Web. 05 Mar. 2014. Ware, P., & Ramos, J. (2013). First-generation college students: Mentoring through social media. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2(2), 149-162. Web. 05 Mar. 2014.
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