Social media in college life

Alex Willis                                                                                                                  10/17/18

Social Media in the year 2018 has become a normal thing to people of all ages, as its creation has grew all over the world. Its impact has led some colleges and jobs to make their students/employees have a social media account for professional or education purposes. The multi-platform availability of it makes it very easy for people to access a social media account, as many types of devices offer compatibility. Various social media platforms have given people opportunities of a lifetime as in a time before social media not many voices could be heard, while the people who misused it could be struggling.

Typically the college life of social media is not used for a professional purpose, at least for the recent high school graduates and kids that don’t take it all too seriously. Apps such as Instagram and Snapchat can be mainly used as a platform to stay in connections with past friends from high school by posting pictures. The way you present yourself on social media can be impactful in ways. Jobs tend to look up your social media accounts as they want to make sure you act professional online. If you use social media in the wrong way by just posting pictures of you and your friends drunk, jobs will see that you are not mature. The use of it that way can harm your future.

“Admissions leaders may be changing their attitudes about the appropriateness of looking at applicants’ social media accounts, a new survey finds, with a large share saying they consider it legitimate to view applicants’ social media postings” said by Scott Jaschik from inside highered .com has a valid point on how job leaders can view your accounts. Today’s generation of college kids have a lot of responsibility to prove to themselves online with the content they can post. Years ago it was easier for college graduates to hide their social life as there was no social media and the internet wasn’t as big, but now a lot of pressure is on college kids to mess up their future.

On the other hand there is more than one side to the use of social media in college, as some can see it as unnecessary, some colleges actually encourage the use of it. “Social media has been key for us and has been a great audience connector not only with prospective students but with prospective parents.” – Kayla Germain, E-Media Coordinator, The College of Saint Rose. Through the use of social media you can find an area in a college that fits to your standard and your comfort. It gives college kids a chance to have a better look at what they’re getting into. You can use social media in other ways besides posting content, you can use it as a platform for research, which in a lot of cases college kids do.

Kelsey Harrison posted an article to peace times online saying “Social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, are all highly used social media platforms. The social media usage of college students has the potential to affect their grades, social-skills, and time-management skills, but it could be positive or negative effect”. College kids tend to spend a lot of time on their phone, and the most time used on their phone is the access to social media. Infinite content is posted daily onto social media and millennials are the dominant force that put out the content. The effect of staring at your phone all day can hurt social skills, and social skills are usually necessary for a job. Social media can be a real addiction and it can impact how some view the real world.

Social media can be a gift to some, and to the ones who use it in the wrong way it can be a curse. Some people with their use of social media has gotten them far in life while others it has halted their path to a career. The encouragement of some colleges to promote the use of social media has opened up opportunities for some people that may not have gotten them without the use of it, due to expanding your voice on the internet. The way in which most college kids are using social media is just for fun. Some experiment with it in a professional way, others are using it in a way that is not appropriate. Social media in college life in today’s generation has had many views, so it is college kids responsibility to treat it fairly while they still have the freedom to it.

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