Social media is such a prevalent part of modern society especially for kids and teens. In most schools phones and mobile devices have been banned from being used during the school day and social media websites like twitter and facebook have been blocked on school computers. Schools are beginning to take a different approach by introducing social media into the educational system itself. Here are some pros and cons of social media in the classroom and how it is being used for educational purposes.
There are many pros and cons of using social media in the classroom, so now the question is should schools allow social media in schools? There are some websites that address the negative issues of social media but still allow social media to be used for educational purposes.
Some attendees said that they would like to see more centralized resources and guidance to inform students, faculty, and staff about social networking tools (like Facebook) in order to build awareness of privacy concerns and the pros and cons of their use. Attendees also thought that members of the UBC community need to be educated about these tools. Information resources, such as the Digital Tattoo Project (which Sheryl is a part of), have been created to educate students, faculty, and staff about online usage, but still more needs to be done.
Cyprien suggested that we could start leveraging connections at other schools to come to a solution for a broader community. If UBC is struggling with this issue, other educational institutions must be too. It was here that Sheryl offered up the example of RefWorks, which used to be hosted on an American server. To address privacy concerns, a consortium of Canadian libraries banded together to move RefWorks data onto a Canadian server. Such a consortium could be beneficial when addressing the use of social networking tools in an educational setting, eventually helping UBC solidify a strategy for addressing issues that arise with the increased popularity of these tools.
Background: Facebook, a popular social networking site, has been used by people of different ages and professions for various purposes. Its use in the field of medical education is increasing dramatically. At the same time, the pros and cons of facebook use among the health science students has attracted the attention of educators. The data regarding its use and the effect on the life of Nepalese health science students has not yet been documented. Therefore, this study is carried out to evaluate the effect of facebook use on social interactions, behaviour, academics, and the health of students in a medical college of Nepal.
The age of Facebook has meant a lot of things: the proliferation of social media, the ability to catch up with old friends, the danger of seeing how happy your ex is with his new girlfriend. But do the pros of having a Facebook outweigh the cons? Keep this in mind as you contemplate whether or not to delete your social media presence:
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Social media is growing and not going anywhere. Many schools are now embracing the move. By understanding this movement, schools can make better choices on how to utilize social media in education. This infographic from Online Universities takes a look at the pros and cons of social media in education.
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Facebook, a popular social networking site, has been used by people of different ages and professions for various purposes. Its use in the field of medical education is increasing dramatically. At the same time, the pros and cons of facebook use among the health science students has attracted the attention of educators. The data regarding its use and the effect on the life of Nepalese health science students has not yet been documented. Therefore, this study is carried out to evaluate the effect of facebook use on social interactions, behaviour, academics, and the health of students in a medical college of Nepal.
Facebook use by students has specific pros and cons. Particularly, the excessive use of online social media may contribute to misuse, dependence, and addictive behaviours . Some studies have reviewed the impact of online social media use on mental health. These effects include changes in self-esteem , sleep disorders, and high percentage of depression among students . However, these students were unaware of such adverse effects . With the increased accessibility and availability of the internet, use of social media is on the rise in Nepal. Currently there are approximately 4.4 million facebook users . To best of our knowledge, there is insufficient data regarding the use and effect of facebook on health science students in Nepal. We have hypothesized that the use of facebook may have a negative impact on the life of health science students. This study was performed to evaluate the effects of facebook on social interaction, behaviour, academics, and the health of students at Chitwan Medical College, Nepal.
A cross-sectional study was conducted in Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Nepal from September to October, 2015. The participants were medical, dental, nursing, and allied health science undergraduate students who consented to participate in the study. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to total of 476 participants (all of the available students in basic science courses). Exclusion criteria included those who had incompletely completed the questionnaire, did not have facebook account, or had a facebook account in the past but had closed it, students complaining of illness, and anyone taking any medication. A pre-study questionnaire was given to ten students, who were not included in the study.
The data from previous studies clearly indicated that the excessive use of social media, compromises actual live social interaction and academic accomplishments. It may also be associated with relationship problems, personal loneliness, and depression [23, 24]. We found that very small population (8.6 %) spent more time on facebook than live interactions with others, unlike the result obtained by the previous study . However, 17.4 % of participants indicated that facebook was a source of inspiration and motivation for them. This is consistent with the findings of Farooqi et al. who observed that many students admitted that excessive facebook use had ruined their social life, causing them to spend less time with their loved ones . Moreover, the researchers at the University of Southern California reported that an increasing number of people, admitted to spending less time with their family members as result of excessive use of the internet, including social networking sites .
As with any other technology facebook is not unique for eliciting both positive and negative effects on its users. Previous studies have shown adverse effects similar to computer use, such as: headache, backache, weight change, and eye problems [17, 28]. Of those reported by the users in this study, burning eyes, disturbed sleep, and headache were the most common reported adverse health effects. On the other hand, 23.2 % of participants denied experiencing any adverse effects. Sierra et al. stated that both quantity and quality of sleep might strongly influence mood  and subjective well-being, which in turn could impact the academic performance [21, 30] of the students who use facebook late at night and do not allow for sufficient sleep. Al-Dubai et al. had clearly indicated a significant association between facebook use, its adverse health effects, and unhealthy behavior. They have recommended that higher educational institutions should create awareness and safer practices for their students. Additionally, they have advocated regular health screening of students to avoid the possible health consequences due to facebook use .
Although a majority of students (71.5 %) claimed that they tried to reduce their time spent on facebook, one-fourth of them were not successful indicating additive behavior, consistent with the result found by Farooqi et al. . It is worth mentioning that the students were willing to invest more of their time on their studies rather than on facebook. Further studies in a large population may reveal the factors associated with positive and negative impacts of facebook use among the health science students.
Excessive use of facebook, a popular social network site, has important positive and negative effects on the academics, social interactions, and health of the health science students in this study. With limited academic benefits, excessive use of facebook may actually increase the risk of facebook additive behavior, resulting in less time spent on academics. It is important to involve the parents of students, educational institutions, and the facebook authority, to collaborate on how to encourage students to limit social media usage and bring awareness to the consequences of excessive use, especially among the student population.
Since this is a cross-sectional study conducted in a single medical school in Nepal, this study might not be representative of all health science students. We believe that similar studies are important in exploring and understanding the practices of facebook and other social media use along with its consequences. The results of this study revealed that the health problems were prevalent in facebook users. However, the specific cause and effects could be better established through further studies. Future research could be designed to explore the effects of excessive use of different social media among students in different academic programs. 2b1af7f3a8