Impact of Social Media on Students - A Detailed Overview

As we can see, social media usage has grown rapidly over the past few years across the globe. Social media is a pedagogical tool too, which makes it easier for users including students to engage limitlessly and make use of it for their success. It is noted that students nowadays have a very strong presence on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, etc.

Some studies about student's usage of social media had shown that they are more concerned with their privacy, but more willing to engage if the connection is one-way. Another survey also indicates the fact that students tend to use their social media accounts than email or other conventional learning management resources. For this reason, faculty may also use social media may as a much more effective and engaging tool for spontaneous communication.

Social media use by students

The primary objective of social media is to help people connect and build relationships. The primary advantage of social media to students is that it helps them to have quick access to basic information. Nowadays, academicians encourage students to use all available online platforms productively but also cautions about its negative effects too. Let's first have an overview of the positive and negative effects of social media on students.

The positive impact of social media

  • Anytime, expedited online learning

Social media helps students to learn things through different open platforms. There are educational videos related to almost everything on YouTube, and you can find many student communities on Facebook to access relevant educational resources online.

  • Anywhere access to information
 As we discussed above, there are a lot of social media groups which students may enroll to get materials related to their course of study. It is also possible to get updated information about the school, topics, and environment, etc. anytime. Joining on closed local groups on WhatsApp or Twitter will also help students to have access to quality information.

  • Gain wider knowledge
 Social media also helps students to enhance their academic performance by increasing their knowledge beyond the textbook topics through information gathering from wider sources. When students are given some assignments from school or grad colleges, they now go through a wide range of online platforms to gather info and find solutions.

  • Building relations
By spending time on social media, students also get to know each other well through networking. This helps to bring people together to share problems, find solutions, and to do more creative things with similarly minded peers. This also helps to engage with subject matter experts from across the globe who are willing to help.

  •  Get quick and easy results for surveys

 This is something attractive for the students who want to involve social networking for their research. Say, for example, a research survey for your project may ideally take many weeks or months to collect information and data from your target group. However, with the help of social media and strategies like Instagram views and sharing, you may create an easy online survey which can get quicker responses in an organized manner.

  • Cut the costs involved
 Gathering data and information for your research papers by purchasing many books may be so expensive. However, with the help of social networking online, these costs can be significantly reduced. All these social media channels put forth a lot of free tools for you to research online and connect with experts. Even if you have to use some premium paid tools for it, the cost involved is significantly lesser compared to the former way.

  • Real-time results
 The Internet is a live platform, which means the data on it is constantly updated. This ensures that you get real-time results which any typical researcher will appreciate. This makes analyzing and processing data much easier.

As we can see, modern-day kids are more intelligent and collaborators. They can really make use of social media for their advantages in terms of academics, relationship building, and information gathering. They might also have a group of friends in their social network with whom they will be able to share their research responsibilities and get help. Better yet, students can use their social network as their focus group for everything related.

Negative impacts of social media

  • Wasting time
 On the other hand of the benefits of social media, many also find it difficult to stay off the dominating and addictive influence of social media. It is very commonly observed that students don't pay attention to their classes and also tend to waste their time in pointless chats and to scroll through feeds.

  • Creation of social problems
 In the hands of influential harm-makers, social media also created many social issues across the globe. It evident that many of the students and new-generation people have chosen online communication and information than authentic real-time information, which leads to many issues.

  • Health issues
 Many studies have shown that excessive use of computers, smartphones, and other gadgets are found to harm the physical and mental health also. Students on it for longer periods may sustain eye strain, bad posture, physical stress, etc. Addiction to the internet and social media is also identified as a mental health problem, which requires treatment.

  • Misguidance
 As there is a lot of creative and authentic information on social media, there is also a lot of misguiding channels too open on social media. At an early age, students may tend to believe everything they come across and the negative social media influence may mislead them if not guarded properly.

Considering all these pros and cons, it seems to be necessary to make some regulations on social media use by children and younger adults. However, as students get a better choice to spend their quality time socializing in a very effective manner, healthy usage of social media also should be trained during school days itself. Students must develop a very intuitive and cognitive ability to analyze their social media priorities and spend their time effectively on social media for their benefits.           


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