The semester is in full swing and the campus is busy as ever with students of all kinds spending time in various locations on campus. One can see a student on studying for classes in the library, grabbing a bite to eat in the Union or hanging with friends in the quad. We come from many places, are of different faiths and yet we come together as a student body of Sacramento State to receive an education in pursuit of a degree.
Though we are all different the thing that connects us together is our participation in social media. Students are now able to access information from the palm of their hands through either a smart phone, tablet or laptop in seconds like never before. Most students can’t remember life without the Internet, having grown up with access to even the most primitive forms of AOL.
Since the years of AOL Instant Messenger and greetings of “You’ve Got Mail,” Internet technology has evolved, and with it has come social media.
Today, websites like Facebook and Twitter have become a basic part of our lives. Even though we can remember a life without social media, that life is quickly moving behind us. Social media is changing our personal lives, our social lives and, most importantly here at Sacramento State, our academic lives.
Students have made social media a frequent part of their daily routines, oftentimes referencing it as a source of news to keep in touch with the world. The problem? It has an addicting effect, making it feel almost impossible to delete.
I can probably go a month without social media. I feel like it’s become a part of our life that we really can’t stay off of it. — Christian Camarena (Junior)
96 percent of all college students use Facebook, making the social media tool a common and often assumed thing to have.
So is social media good or bad for students? When used to network professionally, connect with other students and discover news, it can be beneficial, but if study time is being replaced with scrolling through your newsfeed, it may hurt you in the long run. While there is no straightforward “it’s good” or “it’s bad,” sometimes we just need to turn off the computer and take a walk around campus. Join a club or simply get involved on campus through the many services offered through ASI!