Many educators are becoming concerned about the effects social media may have on students who spend a lot of time on social media. There is likely a good reason. Social Media can be a significant time waster. Students can wind up spending all their time perusing Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, or mostly YouTube and it can eat into the time they should be used to study or completing assignments.
Social Media Popularity
The popularity of Social Media will lead to a more connected world, but at what price? It is beneficial for today’s youth to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. This gives them a more holistic view of the world as a whole, but social media may not be the way. While students are spending a lot of time on social media, they are losing the ability to interact in person. This is not just an isolated problem, but something a lot of the younger generation exhibit. It’s easy for people to interact online, but face to face has seemed to suffer. This could be related to the rise of social media or perhaps it’s something else.
Social Media has emerged as a way to perform effective content marketing with social media platforms. Marketers have gotten very good at using social media to reach their target markets and educators must learn to promote their social media activities in many of the same ways. Mastering some of these techniues can increase the impact your social efforts will have the desired effect on the students.
Although there are a lot of negatives around social media, there is also a lot of good, and the good can outweigh the negatives.
Social Media in Education
Innovating educators are using social media in increasing ways in their classrooms. Teachers are using Twitter in the classroom and consistently finding new ways to take advantage of social media in education can help provide instruction in this digital literary world. Social Media is a part of everyday life for most students, and it only makes sense to try and use the social media platforms as instructional delivery mechanisms.
The effect of social media on students has not been proven even to exist at this point. It may demonstrate that there are more disadvantages than advantages when it comes to social media on society as a whole. Social Media is a relatively new medium of communication, so there is not an abundant or data, but researchers are starting to study this medium to determine if there is a benefit to social media.
Studies on Social Media:
Dr. Jannifer Richardson has published a paper outlining whether social media has a positive impact on perceived learning in online instruction. This study was performed in the year 2000, and social media has significantly improved since that time. Some of the more popular platforms such as Facebook did not even exist at that point, but the study is still useful to understand the overall context of how the element of social prescience injected into online learning courses, did produce a higher level of perceived knowledge than those classes with no social component. The study can be read in its entirety here. Many of the social platforms that were available during this time windows have long since become a failed social platform.
Regardless of whether there ultimately turns out that the effect of social media on students is either positive or negative, it is apparent that social media is going to be a part of education for years to come. Faculty just have to find methods to incorporating this new medium into instruction while taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of social media.