For me, I believe the internet is an excellent tool that should be utilized to it's fullest. However, there are several drawbacks that occur when students are given such freedom. The biggest drawback is the distraction that the web promotes through the use of advertisement and those annoying pop-up ads. I have found myself lost in transition between "surfing the web" and being productive on a class assignment. There is a definitive line between the amount of time used wisely versus the amount of time wasted on the internet. Quite frankly, this is where the issue arises with social networking as well. When Buzzetto-More talked about the advantages of social networking tools and the use of educational tools on the web, I thought back on how often and how quickly I was able t get things done on the internet, thus how productive I was every time I had to submit an online assignment. I'll be completely honest with you by stating that about 50% of my time spent on the web was productive towards completing assignments, reading educational information, and researching for projects, while the other 50% was spent on Facebook seeking out the latest gossip (which most of the time just annoyed me, yet I did it anyways), checking e-mails to sort out all the junk mail and advertisements, and then surfing for the hottest deals on my favorite websites (usually looking for cheap soccer gear). So, with this said, how useful was my time actually spent on the internet? Probably not as useful as it would have been if I were asked to go to the library to write a paper, do research, or submit an assignment in person by hand. But I sure did enjoy surfing the web...
However, knowing that not every student is using their time wisely on the internet, it is still true that the use of the web has enabled us to gain access to information at the tips of our fingers. I'm am ever so grateful for the fact that professors are encouraging the use of social media, and are making it a requirement to use the internet to search for online articles and whatnot, because quite honestly it would take several hours to find the same type of literature reviews and articles if you had to use a library instead. Overall, I'd say the use of social networking is an excellent tool that will continue to grow and advance the way we interact and make connections in the business and social realms of this world. I hope that universities continue to take advantage of the internet's abundant sources of literature and vast information, all while centralizing the focus point of making the most out of every opportunity to make education the first priority.
My question to you is how has the internet affected your educational experience? I know it has only improved my experience thus far by expanding my scope of knowledge and revealing the significance of networking. Has it done the same for you?
For further information on this topic, please follow the link to the article referred to in this post at http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf. Thanks for reading!