Can you imagine any modern student, who would not use social media for both communication and study? Over 500 million Facebook users and in about 200 million of Twitter’s ones answer this question pretty clear; and if we count users of both Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube for example, this question will never appear again.
Yes, students are very active users of different social media, they are engaged in different online communities, and we are pretty sure that no one of them can imagine his life without the Internet today. But are all those social media really good to use for education, and how do they impact the process of study itself? Is it good for a student to use all social media for study? This question is controversial a bit, and certainly both pros and cons of using social media for education can be found. Let’s take a look at all of them and try to answer the question whether it is good or bad to rely on social media during the process of study.
Social media are not monsters of course, and every student can find 5 pros of their usage at least. Here they are:
Users upload thousands of different pictures, stories, and videos every second. As a result, a great amount of information becomes available for sharing today; moreover, this information is shared so quickly, and it gives students the opportunity to share their creative works with others and get their feedback at once. It helps them develop their skills, and see if they develop them in a right way. Checking other students’ works and comparing them, students can decide, whether they do everything right, and whether this path is exactly what they need to do in life.
Social media have increased the quality and speed of collaboration between students. Today they have an opportunity to share the information much quicker, make appointments, tell other students about tasks and meetings, and increase their productivity in such a way.
Thanks to social media, students can create and maintain different kinds of connections with people from many industries all over the world. It can help young people understand, what skills they will need to develop in order to build a business or start and develop a really successful career. So, social media teach them to survive in today’s world in some way.
Maybe they do not notice that at once, or even do not think of it, but students develop such a good skill as web-design while using social media. They customize profiles, blogs, and websites to make them more attractive; and it can help them customize a really qualitative resume or portfolio when the time to search for a job comes.
5. Tech knowledge
When students spend time with new technologies, it helps them develop new skills: they become familiar with computers and all modern electronic devices, they learn how they can ease the process of study with the help of these technologies; as a result, students develop new skills in this way, that can help throughout life.
So, if everything is so good, are there any cons of using social media by students still found? Yes, we are ready to tell you about 5 main problems every student can face with:
- Thanks to social media (and the Internet in general) availability, students are not motivated to learn anything today, as they are sure to find all answers on the Web.
- Social media make students forget about face-to-face communication, and this fact influences their ability to talk to other people much. We all know, that real communication can’t be substituted with online one, because many signals and cues are missed there (body language, inflection, tone of your speech, etc); that is why those students who spend much time online can’t “read” a person during real-life communication.
- Very often, social media distract students from their academic performance. They can’t concentrate on one task, because they always feel a need to check their e-mail, Facebook timeline, or Twitter updates.
- Because of social media, all private information becomes public today; and students do not worry much about what they post online. But their social profiles can bring them some trouble when it comes to a job search for example: many recruiters and potential employers check social presence of their candidates, and they pay much attention to a young person’s online reputation.
- Social media are so popular today, that no one pay much attention on spelling and grammar there. Spelling checkers help students write their messages without mistakes, but this fact reduces their ability to write essays or other paper works without relying on different kinds of online checkers and helpers.
To make a long story short, we can say that everything is good when it is done and used in time. Social media can be very helpful in education of course, but you should understand, that they can not replace it.