Creating Community Online: The Effects of Online Social Networking Communities on College Students' Experiences. How Can Student Affairs Professionals Best Respond to this Emergent Phenomenon

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ProQuest, 2007 - 286 pages
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Student usage of online social networks (OSNs) has grown in recent years to be incredibly prominent in the lives and experiences of today's college students. While not every student may be actively using OSNs, cognizance of their existence is ubiquitous, and the majority of students are avid users. The potential drawbacks have been focused on in the news, and yet students continue to use these online communities. The overarching research question for this study is: what are the effects of online social networking communities on the experiences of college students? In order to truly ascertain what the effects of OSNs are on college student experiences, it is important to understand the student perspective. In looking at this phenomenon from the student perspective, it becomes apparent that students have a fairly comprehensive understanding of drawbacks with regards to OSNs. When balancing the drawbacks versus the benefits, students clearly indicate that they will continue to use OSNs. Students predominantly believe that limited interaction and presence from their universities within OSNs would be acceptable or tolerable. In many cases, students welcomed the university presence as an opportunity for universities to be more aware of the student culture of the campus, and for the university to educate students about how to be safe and smart in their online activities. Through a more comprehensive understanding of student perceptions of the uses of OSNs, the benefits and drawbacks of OSN, and what level of involvement staff, administrators and universities should have within OSNs, student affairs practitioners can be more supportive of student participation within OSNs, and through that, their engagement with the university.
 

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Contents

REVIEW OF RELEVANT LITERATURE
26
LIST OF TABLES
46
Effects of Online Social Networking
51
Conclusions
76
University Information and Student Demographic Responses
95
Focus Group Participant Information
98
RESULTS
102
The flexibility of usage of online social networks
105
Benefits versus Consequences
133
Drawbacks students identify with online social networking
138
Opinions of inappropriate content and the response to it differed
144
Research Question 3
150
Concerning issues in OSNs
161
Students see the benefits in and need for educational materials
169
Students thoughts on educational interventions
172
Students adjust their settings and edit their content
185

online directory
111
Studenttostudent online interactions
114
Research Question 2
117
Benefits students associate with online social networking
120
and involvement
125
InPerson Organization Membership vs Online Group Membership
127
Students Responses to Suggestions on EditingReviewing Content
186
CONCLUSIONS
191
Recommendations by Functional Area of Campus
222
REFERENCES
231
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