While there are a lot of studies out there focusing on the negative effects of social media on students, there is another side to the story. It is the positive effects of social media on students and I have actually found social media to have positive effects on both teens and students.
When surveyed on how their social media usage affected their everyday lives, students claimed that it gave them more self-confidence, improved their relationships, and even made them more socially conscious. That’s not all that social media can offer. Keep reading to discover some of the other positive effects social media can have on students.
Easier Collaboration with Social Media
For education, nothing has streamlined group projects and studying quite like technology. From Google Docs to Flowboard, there are now more tools than ever for student collaboration. With lower commute times and easier flexibility in scheduling, social media has made it simpler and more realistic for students to work together. Students can even create groups with like-minded people for their classes on social networks like Facebook, and use integrated messaging and video chat tools to communicate long after the last bell has rung.
A New Way of Networking
For those students in college or higher education, networking is becoming increasingly important. Thankfully, with social media platforms like LinkedIn networking can be done to help find a job, connect with mentors, or engage with like-minded students.
Students are able to take advantage of these platforms to upload their resumes, connect with professionals, and apply for jobs. Social media has transformed the way students think about life after education and finding opportunities for internships and jobs.
Familiarity With Technology
Another positive effect of social media on students is its ability to get students, especially young students, familiar with how to use technology. Today most young people know how to upload a picture, fix minor computer problems, share links, and adjust settings.
These things would have seemed impossible for older generations to learn and adapt to at the rapid pace that students are at today. Familiarity with technology also plays a big role in helping students get jobs in tech fields.
Social Media as an Outlet for Creativity
Social media also has a positive effect on students because it provides them an outlet for their creativity. Whether it’s posting a shot on Instagram, writing poetry on Tumblr, or sharing something they’ve created on Twitter, social media is the perfect tool for students to showcase their creative work.
In fact, there are tons of communities out there where amateur and professional artists alike share their creative work on various social media platforms. Social media is a powerful tool that, when used productively, can have a positive effect on students’ education and future.
7 Examples of Positive Effect of Social Media on Students
Now that we've discussed different ways you can use social media positively, let's look at a few examples of how social media can have a positive effect on students.
- Create supportive virtual communities
- Build a positive digital footprint instead of a negative one
- Be more accepting of other like-minded people
- Be a positive part of online conversation
- Create positive content and share it on social media to inspire or motivate others
- Stop bullying in its tracks with positivity and presenting a better view of negative statements
- Fine positive mentors on social media
As you implement any of these suggested examples of ways students can be positive on social media, come back to this post and share a comment regarding how things work out for you.
The original creation date was September 2017 and updated May 2021.