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Social media is a polarizing topic when it comes to education. Some say it’s good, some say it’s bad.

Students who use social media in moderation are generally more well off than others. As technology has evolved, social networking sites, mostly Twitter and Facebook, have become more popular due to how they can be accessed through mobile devices.

Social media is a huge procrastination tool. When students are on these sites, they aren’t studying. Whether a student is in college, high school or middle school, this is a costly problem with the large sums of money parents spend to provide an education for their children.

In a 2011 Johnson & Wales University exploratory research study performed by a few Graduate School students, the consensus was that most people spend significant time checking their social media sites. Out of 48 random students, 45 percent said they spend 6 to 8 hours per day, while 12 percent said that they spent less than two hours.

One thing you’re advised to do in college is to spend two to three hours studying for every hour you spend in class. If a college student is enrolled in 15 credit hours, that means they should be spending 30 to 45 hours per week, or 6 to 7 hours a day, studying.

If a student wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, spending 6 to 8 hours a day on social media is not the formula. That means you’re not being productive or efficient with your limited free time.

Julie Boyle, Communications Director with the Lawrence School District for the past 15 years, says that the verdict is still out as to whether social media is good or bad for students, but that it can be a motivator and a good learning tool for students.

“As a parent, when my child was in school, I didn’t want him spending his entire evening attached to a computer or technology device,” Boyle said.

Boyle also mentioned that students often misuse social media through cyber bullying and improper conduct.

“It’s a challenge for us to know what our kids know and are able to do with technology,” Boyle said. ”It’s also a challenge for teachers to integrate it in the classroom as a learning tool and to keep up with supporting technology as well as keeping it running.”

The Johnson & Wales study also found that 25 percent of the time students spend on the Internet is on social networking websites and that 99 percent of college students had a Facebook account in 2008, a 7 percent increase from when the site launched in 2006.

Another survey conducted by the study discovered that 57 percent of 102 students surveyed say that social media makes them less productive.

If students want to have a job, a social life or time to relax or sleep, they have to manage their time in a more efficient manner. It’s all part of the learning curve of the technology-driven society we live in today.


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Posted: September 25, 2012 in News from Elsewhere, Uncategorized

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