How much time do UC students spend on social media?


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Emmalyn Ylaya, Tangerine Clerk

Millions of people all around the world use it and it has the ability to keep them informed about what goes on in the world. Whether it is Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, many UC students use social media in many different ways. 

Sophomore Ashley Aguilar said she uses social media very often. 

“Social media keeps me updated on what my friends have been up to,” Aguilar said. 

Many students that use social media often make a post that involves pictures of themselves, pictures with their friends and life events that they want to share with everybody. 

However, some students explain that there are also downsides to this level of connectivity with their surroundings and the rest of the world.

“I think social media is a big distraction when it comes to homework,” Aguilar said. “This would depend on the amount of time people are spending on social media, which can take up time from doing their school work.” 

Junior Alison De Michele uses social media everyday for different things. 

“I use social media for entertainment, news and communication with people,” De Michele said. “I feel like social media is very useful for entertainment.” 

Not only is social media used for connecting with people, it can also be used to watch videos of all sorts. Additionally, some sites like Facebook and Twitter let you watch live streams from some of the accounts or pages that you follow. 

Junior Brett Everson uses social media but not for entertainment but as his main source of news every day.

Social media sites have only been around for approximately ten years but some students have a feeling of what the world would be like if these online platforms were not available. 

Junior Emily Fetyko said she thinks things would be different without social media. She said she realizes how it can be helpful to keep up to date with news and the friends she adds. 

“If social media was not around, I feel like it would be hard to find some resources that would be useful in many ways,” Fetyko said. “We would not be able to get news of what is happening within the area and outside the city. We would also not be able to hear the news that friends have to share.” 

Fetyko said she uses social media all the time because it is easy to access. 

“It can provide me sources based on what people post and just something to browse through,” Fetyko said.