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Since the beginning , humans have always tried to surpass their limits and invent new means to ease their lives. Being always in a race against time, men have come up, years ago, with social media, a channel aimed to reduce and simplify the time and distance gap between people. In fact, nowadays, we can keep in touch with our friends from all over the world without having to waste neither time nor money . With a simple click you get to talk with everyone you know and have the chance to meet new ones and as Robert Kiyosaki said:"The richest people in the world look for and build networks" . Besides , social network enables students to easily contact each other with regards to school projects and assignments. It is also possible for them to work on group assignments from the comfort of their own homes. Likewise , teachers, now , can interact directly with their students, outside school, by sharing with them useful links and answering their questions regarding difficulties they encountred in class. It also allows them to connect with the parents and discuss important matters concerning the students aibilities and progress.
Social media , grants recent graduates the chance to find jobs and internships opportunities, easily, via pages dedicated to this topic. It , undoubtedly, keeps you updated about all the world happenings and events around you. It, absolutely, saves you the trouble to go through the books, especially when you're short on time, you can ,in place, ask the question publicly and get the response within minutes or seconds. It, surely, gives the possibility to new buisnesses to flourish and helps them with the marketing process as Johni Fishern CEO, Looppa, Buenos Aires said:"Social media has become a primary tool for higher levels of fan engagement, directly driving lead generation through interaction and content sharing that is especially relevant to media companies. "
Although it has facilitated our lives in different measures, social network still represents a threat to people's privacy which makes them an easy target to predators, especially young ones as Captain Waters, a policewoman in California Police Department, stated:"By increasing exposure pf personal information, social media has raised the threat level". Moreover , it is a time consuming mean, it somehow doomed a lot of children's and young adults lives and gives people the licence to be hurtful . Dealing with people behind a screen is a lot easier than getting to talk with a person and looking right to their eyes decreases the face-to face communication skills, on one hand. On the other hand, being taped to your phone while you're supposed to be with your friends sharing ideas and moments, causes face-to face interactions to feel disconnected. Aditionnally, there is too much misinformation, via their blogs and own pages people start spreading rumors that others tend to belive just because it's on the internet. Social media,also, according to recent studies, is to blame for lost productivity whether at school or at workplaces.
With every human's invention comes advantages and disadvantages but it is up to men to decide what to take and what to leave and social media is no different from any previous discovery. Social media has , indeed, come a long way since its invention and became indispensable and indisposable to every user , still, it has its deficiencies and it is our responsability to only take the best of it as Eric Qualman claimed: " We don't have a choice on whether we Do social media , the question is, how well we do it ".
Here is a more detailed PDF on the benefits and drawbacks of social media in education.