What are the good and bad effects of Facebook for students?

Keeping in touch with family and friends- Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends that live far away. With instant messaging and even video chat, Facebook is the perfect place to stay connected. With the status updates, photos, and profile information, it can keep you up to date on the happenings of all of your close ones.
Making new friends- Facebook makes meeting new people extremely easy due to the fact that it allows you to add up to thousands of friends, and acts as a social melting pot of the internet. If you comment on someone’s picture then someone else but at the same time you gotta know when to stop using it and do the most important things.

Nearly 85 percent of college students log on to Facebook every day according to “techrunch.com”The social networking site has become an addiction for many. Instead of students concentrating on their homework or studying for a big test the next day, they are spending hours looking through pictures, answering their page comments, and chatting with friends on the site’s instant messenger. Facebook has consumed good grades and face-to-face communication is in jeopardy. when we are connected online there is always something to talk about but when we are face 2 face its like there is nothing to talk about and it’s almost becomes awkward to make conversations with each out social media.social media is really coming in between us and our real friends because we have lost what it means to have a normal conversation with out the social media.some time Facebook it’s taking total control over us and what we have to do. “Doing my homework is important to me,” Pines says. “But I can’t help getting caught up in the world of Facebook. it is like there is something about it that can’t be resisted. “Social networking sites, specifically Facebook, effects students’ face-to-face communication,” Gavin said. “They often forget how to communicate correctly with people in person.”Employers are less than satisfied with the face-to-face communication skills of recent graduates according to allbusiness.com. The social networking site of Facebook does not allow for active communication. Professor Craig Fox of the philosophy department is worried that the shorter attention-grabbing bursts of communication on Facebook could be taken as a detrimental model for all communications.

Cyber-bullying- On Facebook it is very easy for cyber bullies to thrive. They can harass and/or gang up on one person even easier than they could in a school environment. There aren’t moderators that go around monitoring what people say to each other. Anything can be said. There are also a relatively small amount of parents that have Facebook accounts and keep up with their children’s. More than once I’ve witnessed this form of bullying, whether it be about race, appearance, intelligence, etc.

Ruined relationships- Facebook is notorious for causing couples to break up. Let’s face it, no one wants to see their girlfriend/boyfriend telling other people that they look cute, or liking their pictures, or instant messaging them constantly. It builds up jealousy, which causes quite a bit of tension in a relationship. The fact that many people try to hook up with others over Facebook while not realizing that these people are in a relationship doesn’t help the issue. Insecurity- Facebook is a cause for insecurities due to the fact that it makes people compare themselves to others. How can you not when all you see is pictures of your friends and acquaintances on your news feed?


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Facebook has negative effects on students

by Marlee Shaulis November,16,2011


9 thoughts on “What are the good and bad effects of Facebook for students?

  1. Mariama, I like that you’ve chosen to look at some of the consequences of (intense) Facebook use. However, you list so many different possibilities (increased connection, addiction, distraction from HW, lack of “active communication, bullying, ruined relationships) that I am not quite sure what this project will actually focus on. The goal is not to list every possible effect of social media use, to to explore one (or a related group) in detail and to produce an argument about it. For your next draft, really work to focus your discussion.

    I can’t provide feedback on this bibliography, as you don’t provide any annotations for your sources (the point of the assignment), and you only have two (out of the three required). Also, your citations are not in MLA format. For the next draft, which we will peer review in class on Tuesday, please revise according to the assignment.

    (Please also edit this post to also categorize it as “Annotated Bibliographies,” since you included yours here.)

    • You don’t have to choose one aspect (like “cyber bullying”) exclusively, but you need to present a cohesive argument/discussion, rather than just a list (like the pros/cons of social media or, as you say in your title, the “good and bad effects of Facebook”). Instead of providing an overview of many different effects, you want to explore one (or a few related things) in depth, and make an argument about how/why these things matter, in some larger context.

      Give it your best shot for your next draft, and we’ll work on it in peer review/workshops tomorrow (and you’re welcome to come see me during my office hour after class if you want additional feedback/help).

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