Some of the Benefits
- Facebook is considered a social networking site and, if used as such, can be a good way to make connections with people with similar interests and goals. Facebooking can be a way to connect with or "meet" people that a student may not have had the opportunity to before-including other students, staff, faculty and even alumni.
- Thanks to Facebook, meeting someone in person has become a thing of the past. Making friends is as easy as "Facebooking"-it can create new friendships and renew old ones. Thus, meeting people and staying connecting with classmates and friends is a major benefit of Facebook. Facebook offers campus surveys, "party" or event listings and other information that communicates the "pulse" of a campus culture. Therefore, Facebook can be a great way to understand and stay connected to one's campus community as a whole.
- Facebook offers advertising to its subscribers. Whether a student creates a "party" for an upcoming event or pays the $5 for 10,000 "hits" for an ad, Facebook is a GREAT way to advertise as a student organization, club, Greek chapter, team, etc.
- Most importantly, Facebook offers students the opportunity to create a positive self-image. Facebook profiles gives students a chance to create the image of themselves that they want people to see by putting their best qualities "out there." This shows that a students care about their reputations and (to a certain extent) what people think about them-whether its their peers, University faculty and administrators, or future employers.
Source: Creighton University, Omaha, NE