ERIC Number: EJ930160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 14
College Student Social Networking: Its Importance and Its Issues
Wihbey, Jean A.
Visions, v6 n1 p20-22 Fall 2010
Most traditional age college students communicate regularly on social networking sites such as, MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Bebo, and LiveJournal. These are member-based internet communities that allow users to create a username, enter personal profile information, post photographs and communicate with others in innovative ways. Since Facebook is open to all, and not just college students as it originally intended, so many people have engaged in the trial or experience of using the networking site. Just this taste alone should be enough for the proliferation of specialized sites for target audiences to grow with new forms of relationships, new pathways to self-identity and connection. As far as being an educational platform, there is no evidence that this is the case currently. There are too many unknown consequences and privacy issues with professors and student interaction with social networking sites. Students do not want their teachers "skulking" around in their private, connected space. It may be likened to picking up the extension on a teenager's phone conversation. College students' issues of trust and privacy, self-disclosure, and true social connection related to psychosocial behavior are areas that need further examination. Nevertheless, at their core, social networking sites have become highly valued places for students and are changing the social fabric of college life. They do offer a vast array of possibilities for connection and communication with shared interests.
Descriptors: College Students, Privacy, Interaction, Social Networks, Higher Education, Web Sites, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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