The bright and dark side of social media networks when studying by Kelly Ray

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Social media networks are both great and terrible at the same time when it comes to studying. They give so much (for free), but they cannot be trusted and can be detrimental to the study process if you let them.

Social media networks are a distraction

This is true of all social media networks. Look up an Infographic on Trigonometry, and end up reading about the illuminati. Search for facts on Russia on YouTube and end up watching “wedding fails.” Social media is also addictive and it is easy to lose time as you scroll down posts.

Social media offers free information

You can find true facts and information on YouTube, and if your current material is confusing to you, then having it described by another person in another way can be very helpful. Check the information you find out, as much of it is sketchy or incorrect, but so long as you are careful and check your facts you will find it a good free resources.

Social media has some very damaging information on it

For example, it has been categorically proven without a doubt that childhood inoculations do not cause autism, and yet there are still Facebook scaremongers that are saying they do so they may push up the share value of the companies that treat measles, mumps and rubella as more un-inoculated children are stricken by them because their parents are too scared to vaccinate them. Some of the information you research may be very damaging if you are silly enough to believe it.

People can share ideas on social media networks

In the spirit of sharing and cooperation, the social media networks can be a tool for good. They are a way for people to connect remotely and combine their knowledge to improve their work and understanding. The only downside is that you cannot trust some people. Some will intentionally mislead others or leave out vital information because they want to keep their peers down whilst they excel; though this is not the fault of social media.

You can research in a way you see fit

If for example, you wanted details on the Napoleonic wars, you could search for images with facts, or Infographics, you could search for social media posts that hold vital details or you could search for videos and pod casts. On social media and the Internet in general, you are not restricted to one type information source, format or medium. This may help students that struggle with single-medium learning, such as students that do not do so well if they are forced to read lots of books when studying.

Social media networks offer an avenue of fun

Studying is often a dry process. You are supposed to enjoy the subjects you take and the process of writing a scholarship essay, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Social media posts can be fun and interesting. The trick is to maintain a little discipline. The videos you are looking at may not be as interesting as the suggested “surprised cat” videos, but it may be more fun than pouring over your textbooks in order to excel at essay writing again. Moderation and discipline will help keep your use of social media productive.

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