Posts Tagged ‘student mental health’

Does Updating Your Facebook Status Make You a Happier College Student?

Categories: College Life

update statusThat’s a ridiculous question…but does it?

Considering how often college students–or college-bound students, or middle schoolers or even toddlers–are on Facebook or other social networks, most people would assume time spent surfing the waves of the World Wide Web would have a negative effect on a person.  That’s not necessarily the case.

According to eCampus News, a recent study at Cornell University demonstrated that of three groups of students–one group with a blank computer screen, one group with a mirror in the place of a computer screen, and one with access to Facebook, the college students who were able to log in to Facebook and update their status provided significantly more positive feedback about themselves later on during the study.

Researchers believe these findings to come from the possibility that the students who were able to log in to Facebook were able to put their best face forward.  After all, we have control over whatever status we type in.  On the contrary, the students who had to look into the mirror were forced to look at their actual selves, no masks.

The ability to edit your profile to make it say exactly what you want and a choose a profile picture to reflect exactly how you wish to express yourself makes people feel better about themselves because they get to show the people on their social network the image they purposefully construct.

Does updating your status make you happier?  What would you think makes college students happier?

University Bans Homework Over Break

homeworkstressBreak is awesome.

But more often than not, even with a week or two off of school, you’re still stuck bringing your organic chemistry book to the beach or writing your paper for Medieval history in the car on your eight hour road trip to Mardi Gras.  In short, sometimes a school break is not really a break from school.

Things might be changing though for Ivy League school, Cornell University.  The Cornell Daily Sun writes that the university’s faculty senate has proposed a ban on last-minute homework assigned right before break and due right after.   While some professors argue that small homework assignments have no relation to Cornell college students’ mental health issues, others, including Professor David Delchamps finds that “several small assignments can amount to a stressful time commitment for students on break.”

Professors might find their assignments not stressful, but with several different assignments from different classes, it adds up and affects students.

Would you like this type of proposal implemented at your college?