Facebook and College Students: For Better or Worse?
Aaron Fisher, an International Studiesand Economics major at the Universityof Denver, tries to limit the amount oftime that he uses Facebook to 45minutes to an hour per day, leavinghim with more time to work and dohomework undistracted.
Facebook is auseful tool forproviding collegestudents withresources andopportunitiessuch as thoseoffered by theUniversity ofDenver CareerCenter’sFacebook Page.
Facebook makes itconvenient forcollege students toconnect with eachother both onlineand offline. A 2010Georgia SouthernUniversity studyshowed that 97%of studentssurveyed reportedusing Facebook.
Through Facebook,many college studentsare able to hear aboutand attend eventssuch as sportingevents with theirfriends.
Flyers advertise amultitude ofevents held at theUniversity ofDenver, many ofwhich also haveFacebook eventswhich students canuse to find outwhich of theirfriends will beattending.
Some college students find Facebook adistraction and a source of procrastinationwhen doing homework or studying in class.
Smartphones make it easy for college students to stayconnected on Facebook using the Facebook application.A recent University of Colorado survey found that 53%of students surveyed owned smartphones.
Some students usetablets such as theiPad to stay updatedon Facebook.Mobile devicesupdate users withnotifications ofwhat’s happeningonline while theyare away from theircomputers.
Some studentsfeel thatFacebook tendsto foster pseudo-relationships andtry to socializeoffline with theirfriends instead ofonline.
Biology major BaileyLoving deactivatedhis Facebookbecause he prefersto connect withfriends offlinethrough phone callsand face-to-faceinteraction.“It’s a great tool thatcan be used in goodand bad ways. Whatyou choose to dowith it is whatmakes it useful,”said Loving.
“Facebook has manypros and cons andmost of it boils downto every individualuser. It can be a toolfor socialization andconnection withfriends, or it can be atool for stalking andprocrastination,”said Le, a Businessmajor at theUniversity of Denverwho actively usesFacebook for at leastthree hours a day.