It is an innate human desire to find companionship, share ideas and even compete with one another. Social media websites were created because people had these desires and they wanted better connections. Social media has opened a broad spectrum of ways for people to fulfill basic and complex communicative needs. Through social media one can stay in touch with family members who do not live nearby. Social media is responsible for greater communication and a wider range of relationships. Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter are the new wave of communication and are the fastest growing means for meeting people, keeping people updated, and connecting with friends and family. Social media sites remind people of important days and events that they might not have known about otherwise, everything from church events to school closings are communicated via social media. Social media has also revolutionized the way companies and businesses communicate with employees. Employers can even browse social media sites to make decisions about employees by viewing their personal interactions with others. Social media impacts the way our culture interacts.
1. Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. That means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information.
2. Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance (http://viralms.com/blog/2011/04/how-social-media-affects-students/). Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, stumbleupon, Facebook or Twitter.
3. The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication. Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person.
4. The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards proper spelling and grammar. The reduces a student’s ability to effectively write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature. (source)
5. The degree to which private information is available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road.