Effects of Social Media on College Students and Their Studies
Social media websites and applications enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. We all know that social media website like Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn Twitter, Pinterest and many more introduced many ways and methods from which everyone can connect with each other very easily and these websites had been a most wanted platforms to connect with others on the internet. Now a day’s social media is an integral part of most college students’ lives—whether they tweet about the latest campus gossips and scandal, posting pictures from their Summer Break trip on Facebook, updating their LinkedIn profiles before graduation, or simply Instagram their latest eating restaurant. Moreover what they are checking in the discussion between different students from other colleges on their favorite subject topics, or they are trying to find there next college or university getting the reviews or from others on different universities. Social media websites are the new advance tools that helps them to upload lecture notes to fellow student groups or classmates and relay messages from teachers to everyone. According to the latest College Explorer study, on average, college students spend 3.6 hours a day with their cell phones and smartphones, (up from 3.3 hours last year), while spending less time with computers, TVs, handheld gaming devices, and e-readers. Social media website especially Facebook let them interact with each other more effectively and helped them everything from messaging now to audio/video calls, social media sites were not well known in 90’s as they are now, which makes us ask this question that whether these sites effects on student studies.
- First social media website 6 Degrees which became popular was created in 1991, which offers the users to upload there profiles with pictures and make friends with other people
- In 2004 and later in 2006 Facebook and twitter both introduced to the users of the world and in matter of months they become most popular
- Mark Zuckerberg is the founder of website called “TheFaceBook” on February 2004
- In 2005 “TheFaceBook” name was changed to Facebook.com after they paid $200,000 for the domain and get its first funding.
- 2006 it was open to everybody around the globe having an email address and personal
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this research is to find out that how social media is effecting the academics of college students, whether the methods of students study improving or not, or they just wasting their time, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using social media for studies.
Usage of Social media by college students
Social Media Value to College Students Lives
Pros and Cons
- It makes it easy to collaborate
- It offers a chance to learn essential technological skills
- Students can get instant feedback
- It fosters creativity
- It gets some students more engaged
- There is potential for distraction
- It may reduce more personal forms of communication
- Some believe it encourages poor writing
- It may compromise privacy
With so much to gain and so many potential pitfalls, it can be confusing to students whether to embrace social media or to shut it. The reality is that it isn’t going away anytime soon, so the best move is to learn how to make social media a valuable tool for learning and collaborating, not just a way to procrastinate when you’re supposed to be writing a paper.
How College Students Improve Their Studies Smartly
- Unplug from Social Media and Similar Distractions
- Set Time Limits for Computer-Related Activities
- Leave your Laptop at Home, Take Notes with Pen and Paper
- Identify Productive Ways to Use Social Media