Common Sense Media released an interesting information graphic of students’ opinions about their digital lives. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives is based on a survey of a little more than 1,000 U.S. students between the ages of 13 and 17. The survey addresses the following questions;
- Intervals in which students text and use Facebook or Twitter
- The preferred medium to communicate with friends and family
- How communication tools are affecting friendships and family relations
- How networking make students feel, reflective in their self concept
- And so on…
Although the sample size is somewhat small, it suggests that there is a love, hate relationship building between “digital natives” and social media. Indicating that increased face time with devices does not necessarily equate to enjoyment or better relationships. Click here to download the full report.
Note: Teachers look for ways to engage students using social media in an effort to meet students where they are at, when they are there. However, this report emphasizes the importance of also maintaining face-to-face interactions. At a time when some students are on digital overload, educators can induce reflective time, “unplugged” into a student’s day; being mindful of how and when to incorporate social media in programming and/or curriculum development.