As I was trying to start my research write-up for this week, I caught myself on Face book. I was looking through pictures, commenting on statuses, not even remotely engaged in finding research. This is when I decided to change my original line of inquiry and focus on how the social media affects academia and education.  I bet we can all relate to a time in classes when we are checking instagram or twitter, or even texting and looking at Face book simultaneously in the library when we are suppose to be studying. It happens to the best of us, especially in this day and age. Face book had over 500 million users documented in 2011, meaning 1 in 13 people use the social media of Face book (http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/facebook-statistics-stats-facts-2011/). The vast amount of Face book and other social media users are increasing, partly to do with our generation and the advances and accessibility to technology. As a college student who is challenged by the temptations of twitter and Face book at hand, research shows that the social media impacts education positively and negatively.

A negative effect of the large social media on education and learning is that students are tempted to multi-task; they will be checking social media sites while claiming to study. This reduces academic performance because it is almost impossible to be actually doing two things at once (http://edudemic.com/2011/07/social-media-education/). The social media has also brought upon a whole new approach to language. Much of the writing done on the social media is abbreviated and without correct grammar or spelling. A lot of students today rely too much on a computer’s spell check that student’s ability to write and spell things correctly has plummeted. In addition, the language and communicating done on these sites have caused students to avoid face-to-face communication. Students are spending more time on social media sites instead of socializing in person and this has caused students to be less effective when communicating in person (http://edudemic.com/2011/07/social-media-education/).

Now let’s look on the positive side, instead of using the black board with chalk we have technology advances such as the website Prezi to efficiently relay information to students in the classroom. More and more lectures are getting posted online along with videos and podcasts on YouTube to help demonstrate a skill. In regards to YouTube, 40% of educators report having an account and 9% use it to communicate with other educators while 21% of them use it to even communicate with students (http://www.mindjumpers.com/blog/2011/04/education-industry-infographic-2/).

Just in regards to this Writing the Mind course, our writing is done online in a blog. This is using social media and the blogging idea in an educational way. This allows our teacher and other students of the class to see our writing and give comments and critiques on how to improve it. Technology advances have brought upon limitations and places to flourish for students. It will be interesting researching and finding out how it affects my education and learning habits.

 Works Cited

Dunn, Jeff. “Edudemic.” Edudemic. N.p., 11 July 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

“Facebook Statistics, Stats & Facts For 2011 | Digital Buzz Blog.” Digital Buzz Blog. N.p., 18 Jan. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

Nielson, Jonas K. “How Social Media Is Changing the Education Industry [infographic] |       Mindjumpers.” Mindjumpers RSS. N.p., 11 Apr. 2011. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

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