Social media may be a useful tool for college students
According to a recent study by Education Database Online, about 96 percent of college students have a Facebook account, while many others use websites such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Although it may be argued that some of these programs may be distracting to students, higher education seekers who use social media tools may also have added academic benefits, as about one in three students uses these websites for educational purposes.
The study shows that individuals who use Twitter tend to have higher grades than classmates who do not. This may be attributed to the fact that about 75 percent of the website's student users say they want to use the tool to collaborate with other people.
Education Database Online also reports that people who are engaged in social networking tend to feel more involved and engaged in their institution. Facebook users in particular are twice as likely to attend campus events as those who do not use the website.
As more students turn to social networking to become more active in their education, many are also using the internet to complete their studies. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, in the fall 2009 semester, approximately 5.6 million students took at least one web-based class.