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May 01, 2017 08:56 AM EDT

The social media is a very powerful tool but it has been getting a lot of criticisms because of the way that it affects students. However, it is not at all that bad and distracting, because when used responsibly, it actually offers many advantages and opportunities especially when it comes to education.

In college environments, the social media does not only provide instantaneous ability to connect to one another, but it is also an excellent venue where good things happening around the campus can be shared, according to The Huffington Post. But of course, just like any powerful tool, it has to be used sensitively and responsibly, or it will negatively impact both the user and the audience.

Aside from the connections, the social media is more than just a place for sharing personal posts and pictures, and commenting on their friends' posts. Students also use the social media to interact with their teachers and peers at school about class-related subjects, and according to Edudemic, this is a good way for students to be able to develop a sense of internet presence. They only do not learn how to effectively interact with people around the internet, they also get to learn the basics of how it is done.

Social media is also an excellent place where students can exchange knowledge at very fast speeds, which also help them develop the skills to quickly assess, analyze and retain information, and this is not something that was really prevalent among older generations.

While social media may have its own disadvantages, it does not mean that the world would have been better without it. Social media, if used correctly, is just one excellent way for students to be bolder in carrying their voices beyond the campus, to make connections, take risks and discover new things.

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