In a modern society there are a lot of useful tools and applications that help people to communicate and work faster and more effective. Actually, the most important of them are social media. Many people consider that they create a small revolution in our society. In fact, they include a lot of useful information about different upcoming events, holidays as well as the most recent news. In addition, there is no denying the fact that they help all people in the world to be closer to each other through their network. For instance, people from different time zones are able to communicate in this virtual spaces without any fee.
Moreover, now social networks grew to the giant virtual world where many people from all over the planet disburse their time every day. However, using social networks has also another side. In some cases, people spend too much time there. Therefore, they have different problems with their work or study. Some people argue that college students are very vulnerable to the social media addiction. Moreover, it can influence on their behavior and social life. In order to see this point clearly this research provide the report about studies on this topic.
Examination of Relevant Research Reports
The influence of social media on the college students’ behavior is a very popular topic among different research group. In this part of the paper there are several research studies that are very persuasive and they have shown extremely interesting results.
Analysis of Article One
This study was conducted by Wang, Chen & Liang (2011) at Johnson & Wales University. It focused on social media networks and their effect on the students from college. In order to receive necessary data for their research, this study group provided simple questionnaire among students. As a result, researchers admitted that all of the students spent at least 2 hours per day in different social networks. Moreover, 45% of them spent almost 8 hours per day there (Wang, Chen & Liang, 2016).
Therefore, this research got the prime evidence that social networks are very attractive to college students due to a lot of interesting features and opportunities. However, long stay in the virtual environment has harmful consequences for this kind of students. For instance, it effects on their marks, social behavior and personal life. Thus, researchers offers to find a balance between new virtual world and the real life in order to succeed in both of them (Wang, Chen & Liang, 2016).
Analysis of Article Two
Another interesting research was performed by Huang and Capps (2013) and the aim of this research study was to evaluate the social networks impact on the college students from America as well as compare how much time they regularly spend in this virtual environment with the time that they usually allot on the academic reading. In order to perform this task researchers created a survey for the students (Huang & Capps, 2013).
Its results showed that in general students spend much more time sitting in different social networks then reading some academic texts or books. In addition, researchers also admitted that such behavior has a strong influence on the student’s reading abilities and their normal life style (Huang & Capps, 2013). However this study also has several limitations. In fact, it was conducted only in one university in United States. In addition, research did not take care about the real purpose of the sitting in the social network for students.
Analysis of Article Three
There is also a very important research that has an interesting results about the effect of social networks on college students, their behavior as well as on their academic achievements. Actually, it was performed by Tayseer et al. (2014). Researchers also used surveys in order to receive necessary information from different college students.
In fact, this study has an interesting and surprising results. According to them, students with the highest GPA spent more time in the social networks then others did (Tayseer, Zoghieb, Alcheikh & Awadallah, 2014). The researchers assumed that this is the result of effective daily planning and other helpful self-management things. In addition, most of them did not search in social networks for some study materials or different college-related information. Actually, the research group found out that only 18% of students really used any of the social media for study or study-related material (Tayseer, Zoghieb, Alcheikh & Awadallah, 2014).
Analysis of Article Four
There is no denying the fact that Twitter is one of the most popular social network in the modern world. Therefore, it is obvious that there are a lot of valuable researches about it. To illustrate this, there is a very interesting study that has persuasive and important results. In fact, it was conducted by Junco et al. (2010). The main goal of this research was to evaluate how Twitter can be used for the college needs.
Thus, students from one lecture participated in this research. They had to use Twitter in order to communicate through the lecture about its main topic and other supportive moments. As a result, researchers received spectacular results. In fact, they managed to prove that Twitter can be used for academic purpose as well as for general messages (Junco, Heiberger & Loken, 2010). In addition, this social network accumulated students to work more effectively during the lecture time.
Analysis of Article Five
Many people consider that smartphones brought social media closer to the ordinary users. Therefore, this research has a huge importance for the particular paper as well. The main aim of it was to evaluate how ordinary college students depend on the social networks in their smartphones. Moreover, it was performed by Al-Harrasi & Al-Badi (2014).
This research has several interesting results. The first one is similar to other researches and it showed that college students spend a lot of their time in different social networks. Moreover, this applications had both negative and positive impact on the student’s life. In addition, there were one more result that is very important here. This study showed that college students faced with some difficulties in finding necessary information from the general stream (Al-Harrasi & Al-Badi, 2014). In addition, some sort of information was not trustworthy for students.
There is no denying the fact that Internet revolution create a plenty of opportunities for people around the world. Then social networks made them even wider. Nowadays, college students spend a lot of their time in this applications every day. However, such behavior has harmful consequences for their college achievements, effective time management and normal social life. Nevertheless, in some cases, social networks can be very useful for students.
Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the real influence of the social media on the college students’ grades and their behavior as well. As a result, this research study will be able to show the most relevant and important data about this topic. In addition, it will provide thorough analysis of the main questions of this paper. Moreover, based on the researches from the previous part of the study, this one will also create main practice recommendations for students about the most effective behavior in social networks.
Al-Harrasi, A., & Al-Badi, A. (2014). The Impact Of Social Networking: A Study Of The Influence Of Smartphones On College Students. Contemporary Issues In Education Research, 7(2). Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1073271.pdf
Huang, S., & Capps, M. (2013). Impact of Online Social Network on American College Students’ Reading Practices. College Quarterly, 16(1). Retrieved from http://collegequarterly.ca/2013-vol16-num01-winter/huang-capps.html
Junco, R., Heiberger, G., & Loken, E. (2010). The effect of Twitter on college student engagement and grades. Journal Of Computer Assisted Learning, 27(2), 119-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2729.2010.00387.x
Tayseer, M., Zoghieb, F., Alcheikh, I., & Awadallah, M. (2014). Social Network: Academic and Social Impact on College Students. In ASEE 2014 Zone I Conference. University of Bridgeport. Retrieved from http://www.asee.org/documents/zones/zone1/2014/Student/PDFs/185.pdf
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