Do you know how wider is social media?
Facebook has over 1.23 billion Daily active users on average for December 2016, while Twitter has over 313 M Monthly Active users.
I don’t have enough data about blogs or YouTube blogs. We are not counting them.
Social media or social networking sites doesn’t mean only Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.
There are more than 50 most popular social networking sites all over the world. Read this Wikipedia page about the list of Social media sites and their number of users.
Undoubtedly, students are the most active and engaged users of any online communities.
But the question is what kind of effects are these sites having?
Is social media useful for a student? Or just a time waster?
I’m an undergraduate student. And a human being too. Not an alien. hehe
I’ll also share my personal experience of using social media, including Negative and Postive Impact of Social Media on a Student’s Life.
|Social Media and Student Life|
Social Media and Humans
Humans are social animals. We always like to remain in the group, and we prefer to follow what this group does. The social need for people is the third most important requirement after physical and safety needs.
The number of social media users is rapidly increasing day by day. According to a survey, 72 percent of high school and 78 percent of college students spend time in the virtual world or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These numbers indicate how much the student community is involved in this virtual world of social networking.
Negative Impacts of Social Media on Student’s Life
1. Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media and the web in general to provide any answer. That means reducing the focus on learning and retaining information.
2. Students who check social media sites while studying, who attempt to multi-task, show reduced academic performance. Too much involvement in social media can lead to an addiction that inculcates bad habits. Spending countless hours on the social sites can divert the focus and attention from a particular task.
3. We spend more time on social media in comparison to time that we spend socializing in person. Due to the lack of body gesture and other non-verbal signs, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an enough replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend lots of time on social networking sites are less able to communicate in person effectively.
4. The popularity of social media and the nature of speed at which information is published have created an inactive attitude towards proper spelling and grammar.
These things reduce a student’s ability to effective writing without depending on a computer’s spell check feature. We do not develop the same accuracy in the written word.
With the increase in text messages and social media tweets as communication, we are not making us of proper spelling and grammar when communicating.
5. Conception can also suffer as a result of social media. There is much noise on these platforms. Information is not retained as well as it may when you are reading a book. It is one of the primary drawbacks of using these technologies in education.
It is hard to present the needed information in a manner that allows it to stand out from the noise. Use of video (YouTube or Vimeo) can be a good way to help combat this, but the noise is still there.
The negative impacts mentioned above can also be a positive. It all depends on us that how we use any of resource from the virtual world.
Positive Impacts of Social Media on Student’s Life [ Infographic ]
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1. Social networking has increased the rate and quality of collaboration for students. We are better to communicate meeting times or share information quickly and help us to learn how to work well in groups. A Student can create other online identities that the real world does not allow.
2. Social networking teaches skills to the students, what we will need to survive in the business community. We can make connections to people in many industries. Which is an integral part of developing a career or building a business.
I am a student as well as a part time blogger. Using social media, I can connect with fellow bloggers and learn new things.
3. By spending time and working with new technologies, we can develop more familiarity with computers or electronic devices. With the increased focus on technology in education and business, this will help us to build our skills that we aid them throughout in our lives.
4. The ease with, we can customize our profile makes. A student can make the profile more aware of fundamental aspects of design and layout that are not part of our academic syllabus. Building resumes and personal websites, which are increasing as online portfolios. Many recruiters check candidate’s social media profiles before hiring him/her.
5. With ease and speed, a user can upload pictures, videos or stories. The result of it is a greater amount of sharing of creativity. We can get instant feedback from friends and family on our creative outlets, which helps us to refine and develop our artistic abilities and can provide much-needed confidence or help us to decide what career path we may want to pursue.
My Personal Experience of Using Social Media
I’m using social media from last 4 or 5 years.
I also spent my time in chatting with unknown girl or person. 4 years ago; Facebook was like a dating site for me. Late night chatting, scrolling Facebook feed. I think these things happen with every teenager.
Now, I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and LinkedIn.
Social media is a way for us to connect with our friends and family, we can share our views on a particular topic.
I am a part time blogger and share HowTo Guides and Internet Lifehacks. Social Media helps me to share my blog posts among blog readers and my friends.
I also work as a freelancer ( Content Writer, Language Translator and some other), most of the projects, I get from Facebook groups or social media sites.
So I can say Facebook or other social media is helping me to get work experience.
But what about you? How you use social media?
By all of the above pros and cons, we can say social media is the total time waster for some of the students. Developing certain regulations over the use of social media is necessary. However, still, we should get the choice to spend time socializing in an efficient manner. We have to decide what matters in our life and how much of this virtual life translates to real life.
All forms of learning should be encouraged. Many human-made things come with pros and cons, and it is wise to accept and adopt what is useful to us and to leave the ones that are harmful.
When inculcating such social networking technologies in education, we should take care to avoid the wrong information. The social networking technologies can be observed as a possible form of learning, and we can have positive influences on education and career.
I hope this post is worth reading for you. I would like to know your views on this topic, please share your opinion with us via commenting below.