"I think social media is a great tool to have access to. I love how convenient it makes it to stay in contact with friends and family. On the downside, I don't think people value face-to-face interactions as much anymore. I also think people can be much ruder/meaner when hiding behind a keyboard."
Laraina Wempe, Princeton
"I think social media is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. There is no doubt it is entertaining. I also believe that social media is intrusive to relationships and may cause many to lose focus on projects that need to be accomplished."
Christie Lucas, Princeton
"Social media platforms allow us to share information and education to individuals in a great capacity and on a grand scale. However, when used for negative, social media can be extremely detrimental to our mental health and has been the trigger for increased anxiety and social problems in our world."
Stefanie Morris, Malden
"My opinion is that social media is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends who are far away. As a college student, it is a good way to stay in touch with some former teachers and friends from back home. My aunt from Chicago and my grandma from Colorado say they love keeping up with me on Facebook. It is a very quick medium to keep in touch with friends. On the other hand, it is very important to know that social media can be a dangerous place as well. We hear lots of stories about online predators, catfishing and other stories like that. It is important to know the dangers of social media and be wary of them. If used properly, social media can be a great thing."
Kiley Korey, Tiskilwa
"Social media can be such a fun and entertaining way to communicate, catch up, and keep in touch. Then on the other spectrum, it's becomes such a political, religious, gossip column that leads so many to take others' views, comments and opinions out of context that it becomes an almost evil entity. Not to mention that I feel certain subjects and info shouldn't be shared if it isn't their business to do so. Such as — where the latest emergency crews are being dispatched to and/or what, along with addresses and so forth."
Lana Hayes, DePue