By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer|
Social media is a powerful resource and CSUSB students should continue to use that power beneficially, by creating more unique ways to communicate.
Typically, social media platforms are not used for educational purposes by most students.
CSUSB Snaps, created on Snapchat, by what I presume to have been made by students on campus, was vulgar and absolutely had no value for helping students—at all.
It was filled with pictures of people having sex or showing off their bodies to receive some type of appraisal.
It was basically students starving for attention like starving kids asking for water.
It might have caused a couple of laughs, but it was at the expense of people’s dignity being diminished by looking or acting like fools.
There is also stipulation that some students featured were unaware they were being recorded, causing many issues to arise.
In fact, numerous accounts were deleted constantly; but they always reappeared until everyone stopped caring for it, just like all other trends.
Regardless, we do use social media for many other beneficial reasons.
CSUSB Confessions, a widely known page for students on Facebook, is a prime example of this.
It allows students the ability to de-stress themselves after long hours of vigorous work or studying.
“CSUSB Confessions is an amazing tool to have at our disposal, but nevertheless, it was not the only social media platform used by students, in fact, there are others that had no positive affect at all towards students,” said student Attalah Walker.
People sometimes use social media to deal with everyday struggles or get something off their mind.
“Social media is constantly looked negatively upon due to people not looking at the whole picture, but in reality it’s a way to either escape or deal with the daily demons placed on us,” said student Lauren Gonzales.
However, some people spew nonsense on this page, without caring who reads it; which could be influenced by posts being published anonymously.
The reason is, it gives people the ability to freely say whatever is on their mind without having to worry. Especially in a world where almost everything is either recorded and publicly judged.
“I hate my mother and don’t ever want to talk to her again. She married an [sic] man who abused me…The pain is deep and I can’t stop the tears running down my face,” stated CSUSB Confessions post no. 886.
It allows students to share their insecurities or problems publicly amongst each other so they can maybe one day overcome them, without being tagged as that person their whole life.
It also allows students to find friends or others that have similar interests as them.
“I need a friend who like honesty, going out to eat, loves Batman as much as I do and whose willing to take a few punches down the road…,” stated
CSUSB Confessions post no. 975
The Confessions page is an amazing resource for students to use, but there are others as well.
Other beneficial social media pages affiliated with our campus are CSUSB Craigslist on Facebook, which allows students the option to trade resources.
Many may not know this but CSUSB Craigslist offers an array of things like: people looking for roommates, class advice, and items like cars, books, clothes, or video games, etc.
Yet, the Confessions page will always be a personal favorite of mine.
Let’s hope that we as students don’t abuse the power of social media, refraining from creating something as ridiculous
as CSUSB Snaps.