By Marisa Bunton
Welcome to the world of technology: your home away from home. With the world we live in today, social media is the number one go-to place, no matter where you go. From Facebook to Instagram, all social media apps have their likes and dislikes. The real question is this: are technology and social media doing us any good? Is this republic turning into a “technocracy?” Let’s look at the pros and cons of living in a modern world surrounded by surround sound, text messages, and social connections.
Social media has some positive effects in and out of the classroom. According to the Special Populations Advisory Committee, “Some positive social media usage in schools or classrooms are collaboration, homework help, and resource sharing” (Wallner, slide 10 ). This also helps students learn in many different ways, such as visual learning, hands-on learning, and writing down information.
Here comes the dark side of the world wide web. You can’t have the pros without the cons, and when it comes to social media, not everything that is posted is worth a million likes or follows. Cyberbullying, isolation, and improper usage are some of the many negative aspects of social media and technology usage. “The negative social media usages are the decreases in learning, finding incorrect information, cheating, and even posting photos and videos online that should never have been posted” (Wallner, slide 11).
When it comes to college and the grade point average, social media has a high impact on students and their GPAs. Social Networking Pro Con says that “Students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82” (“Pros & Cons”).
Taking everything into account, it is safe to conclude that social media platforms have positives and negatives, and it is all in the hands of the individual. When landed in the wrong hands, social media and technology can be used for devious purposes. If you are going to use social media, it is ideal to use it to your advantage and ensure it serves a purpose that benefits you and your learning. Social may be the go-to place to escape reality, but it may do more harm than good without a conscious mind.
Staff Writer – Community