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Many Students Access Social Media In Class

April 6, 2013 by admin

By the Journalism 201 Class

   Social media surrounds us; not only is it prominent with the younger generation, but we have recently been graced with the presence of parents, teachers, and employers on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
   Some individuals cannot part with their technology and devices for more than an hour, and many students admit to accessing their accounts even during class.
   The Stall conducted an unscientific survey of 100 BCC students on their internet habits, experiences, likes, and dislikes and discussed with them whether social networking sites cause more harm than good. Here are the results. 
   “It has a positive effect on my life because it allows me to stay in contact with my friends and family members,” said Aaron Albert, an 18-year-old criminal justice major at Brookdale Community College.
   Some students, however, strongly disagree.“It brings about more lazy habits and distracts you,” said Jaisan Lewinski, a 20-year-old political science major. Middle-ground is seen in individuals throughout the survey, as well.
   “It keeps you up to date with life, but also controls your life,” said one 20-yearold female social science major. 
   “I feel like it is kind of both. It depends how people use it,” said Sam Rubinstein, 19-year-old psychology major. 
   Some students have felt strongly enough about social media sites to remove their accounts. Yet, many admit rejoining later. Of the 100 students surveyed, 15 males and 24 females said they removed their accounts temporarily, while 14 males and eight females reported permanently deactivating their accounts. 
   Some who said social networking sites are problematic reported negative personal experiences as well as identity theft. “Ya’ know the show Catfish. Well, I found a profile named Melissa S. that had all my photos posing as herself. It was disturbing,” said a 20 year-old female student, referring to the MTV series called Catfish, which exposes people who lie about their identity via social networking sites.
   However, 80 percent of those surveyed said their profiles have never been hacked.
   Most Brookdale students said that they use social networking sites, such as Facebook, to keep in touch with family and friends as well as uploading photos. 
   “I use Facebook to keep connected with the world, playing games and keeping in touch with family and friends in other countries or states,” said Shanel Anderson, a 23-year-old social sciences major, mirroring several other BCC students’ comments.
   “Random people always wanting to be your friend is a problem and just drama,” Anderson added. Drama caused on social media sites can get people into trouble in their personal lives, and at school and can even get them fired from their jobs.
   To minimize drama, some said it’s important to keep privacy settings current. Privacy settings can provide security from intruders or go unnoticed when profiles are kept completely open to the whole internet.
   “I think as soon as you say anything online, you have to know it’s fair game for anyone to read about and be prepared to deal with the consequences,” said Katherine Kehoe, a 22-year-old communications major.
   The concept of privacy on the internet is not all it seems. With the speed at which users can create a post, others can view it just as quickly. However, this can also generate problems in real-life such as unnecessary fights between people, both physical and verbal.
   The issue of “privacy” and specific rules and regulations of social media sites are listed in the user agreement policies. However, students admitted that they often click to agree to policies on the internet without reading them. 
   Who someone adds also plays a part in online privacy. “Unless I’ve accepted a friend request and I know they’re on my profile, they shouldn’t be there,” said a 19-year-old, female, liberal studies major.
   Many students expressed trepidation toward adding authority figures on social media sites such as parents and teachers. Most said they would not add employers. 
   It is more likely for females to add family members; 41 percent of females are willing to add family as opposed to 27 percent of their male counterparts.
   “I’m smart about what I post so it doesn’t matter if they can see my posts,” said a19-year old, female liberal arts major.
   While one male student stated “I’m a little uncomfortable with the idea of employers and colleges peering into my less-than- personal life on social media. I’m a bit wary of what I post,” others feel that it is the user’s responsibility to keep their profile presentable.
   “I feel it is absolutely necessary. People need to mature and grow up. Either turn your site on private or don’t put inappropriate things on there,” said a 20-year-old education major.
   Twice as many males as females are willing to accept friend requests from people they don’t know. 
   As far as arranging a meeting goes, gender is irrelevant. Just as many males as females, 29 percent, said they have met someone in person who they first met on social media sites. 
   When discussing privacy, it’s important to consider who social media users share their passwords and account information with. According to the survey, many Brookdale students have no problem allowing significant others to access their account. However, it seems like female students are more willing to give out this information than male students. Of those surveyed, 5 females said that they allow their boyfriend to access their account, while only one male student admitted to allowing his girlfriend to access his account.
   Some Brookdale students feel that there are many benefits of social media. One 19-year old business major stated that he uses social media to talk to his favorite athletes. Mike Burkard, also a 17-yearold student, said “without social media, I wouldn’t have met any of my closest friends.”
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