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The Effects of Social Media On College Students | Part Three

August 12, 2016

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The Effects of Social Media On College Students | Part Three

To address the issue of the effectiveness of using social networking, the first question raised in this study is: for what purpose is the student utilizing social networking? Research on this topic will start to reveal social networking sites are simply part of how students interact with each other with no apparent impact on grades. The objective of this article is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of students’ use of social networking for study. The main purpose of this article is to explore the relationship between the effects of social networking and students’ study efficiency, and to determine if social media interfering with students’ academic lives.
Questions:

Which is the most popular social media site for students?

What is the amount of time students spend utilizing social media in various academic processes?

College students have great interest in social media. For the purpose of this article, social media was defined as Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn (Martin, 2008). Although, providing a detailed perspective on social media use among university students and underscoring that such use can produce both positive and negative consequences, according to a Nielsen Media Research study, in June 2010, almost 25 percent of students’ time on the Internet is now spent on social networking websites (Jacobsen, & Forste, 2011). Facebook is the most used social network by college students, followed by YouTube and Twitter. Moreover, Facebook alone reports that it now has 500 active million users, 50% of whom log on every day. In addition, according to a study by Online PhD, students spend roughly 100 minutes per day on Facebook. In 2007, the number of students who used Facebook was already enormous: 92 percent of college students had an account. By 2008, 99 percent of students had an account on Facebook. That is quite a large amount considering the service was only opened in 2006 to everyone.

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