Social networks have turned a 27-year-old into a billionaire and allow celebrities and fans to interact with 140 characters, but some students say they can be beneficial for school when they’re not distracting.
Social network sites like Facebook and Google+ are adding new features that allow groups to be formed where only certain information can be shared. That way, classmates or students and instructors can interact professionally with each other.
PCC psychology instructor Jennifer Noble has a Facebook fan page for her students and shares links related to the lectures with them.
“I started the page because a lot of times students would email videos or links to me and I’d want to share them with the rest of my students so I thought that would be a good way to do so,” she said.
Child Development major Gabriela Gutierrez has a Facebook account. “I use it to get ahold of my classmates when I need help with homework, and sometimes we even have little study sessions through Facebook’s Chat,” she said.
“I honestly do spend a lot of time on [Facebook] that I could be spending on homework. I have to deactivate it from time to time to keep myself focused on school or other important things,” said Gutierrez.
Others like music performance major Anthony John Salguero and Xochilt Zelaya, criminal justice, see social media as only a pastime.
“It’s a good way to stay in touch with friends, and when you need to take a break from studying and homework,” said Salguero.
“I have a Twitter [account], just for fun. Nothing personal, it’s just a source of entertainment for myself,” said Zelaya.
However for some students, social networks can also get in the way of school at times.
“I’ve found a lot of people on Facebook and they have helped me on homework through it. But then there are times where they just don’t let you get anything done,” said math major Brian Cuiriz.
Farzan Dadgari, chemistry major, logs onto his Twitter account through his phone during class.
“When I get bored in class I’ll go through my Twitter timeline and I’ll get so caught up in it sometimes that I lose track of time, and before you know it I missed most of the lecture,” he said.