How Social Media Use Affects Students

Social media has seamlessly integrated into our lives, and I guess especially among the younger generations. I only have to look at my own students, virtually without exception they all have use Facebook.  But the ubiquity of social media in a student’s life has some serious positive and negative effects.

You decide where the balance is.

The infographic below which was sent to me through for further publication, weighs the pros and cons of social media application in a daily student routine.

Is Social Media Ruining Students?

It is clear though that given the large numbers of students on Facebook, and by now we understand that ‘students’ may well include people from seven years and up, we can no longer ignore it. I guess families as well as educational institutions may want to look at this reality and see where they can come up with creative ways to  curb the negative effects. If social media, Facebook,  is part of our youngsters realities we’ll have to make it part of our realities.

Personally, I like Facebook, it has been of great use during the immediate time after the earthquake and I have found it useful to keep in contact with students. More than once I have had students telling me that they prefer to be contacted via facebook as opposed to normal email or mobile phone even. So I go with it and have fun with it. At the same time I realize how easy it is to get sucked in and end up losing precious time (lots of it) to find you never got done what you set out to do. So if anything finding the right balance and priority is important.

What are your thoughts?

Larry King, Jennifer Knapp, Bob Botsford and Ted Haggard on CNN to Discuss Christianity and Homosexuality

By Brian Nixon Special to ASSIST News Service

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO ANS — The Christian music world was recently shocked with the news that Grammy-nominated Christian singer, Jennifer Knapp, is a lesbian.Larry King and Jennifer KnappMs. Knapp’s recent Christianity Today article Jennifer Knapp Comes Out, April 2010 put an end to the years of speculation and rumors over her orientation.To make matters even more controversial, Larry King had a panel of folks on his April 23rd broadcast to discuss what it is to be Christian and gay.This panel consisted of Mr. King, Jennifer Knapp, Ted Haggard former pastor in Colorado, who, due to homosexual indiscretion, had to step down from his pastorate and Bob Botsford, Pastor of Horizon North County, a Calvary Chapel church.According to a YouTube video posted of Pastor Botsford, Bob states that he posted a blog on his personal website calling Jennifer back to the teachings of the Bible. This, in turn, got the attention of CNN, asking Bob to be on the panel on Larry King Live.In all, it appeared that the broadcast yearned to be fair and balanced: Jennifer taking a pro-homosexual/Christian stance, Ted Haggard taking the middle ground “show love.” And Botsford taking the conservative Christian view: Jennifer is in sin and needs to repent.Taken from a political vantage point, we had the “left” the “moderate” and the “right” represented in the debate. Bob Botsford during the show

The outcome of the debate  and more importantly Brian Nixon’s opinion can be read via Larry King, Jennifer Knapp, Bob Botsford and Ted Haggard on CNN to Discuss Christianity and Homosexuality.

Brian Nixon is a writer, musician, minister, and family man. more at at

Beyond Believers

The study of religion is too important to be left in the hands of believers.

So claims David A. Hollinger, a professor of American history at the University of California at Berkeley, in his response to religion emerging as the hottest topic of study among members of the American Historical Association (AHA).

Perhaps surprisingly, leading evangelical scholars voiced general agreement with his basic premise.

“The practice of history is best served by many historians working from all their separate angles,” said Rick Kennedy, president of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH) and a professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. “What is good about the new surge in religious history is that something that was neglected is now gaining its rightful place.”

Barry Hankins, resident scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, said he shared Hollinger’s sentiments, “as long as the understanding of faith is not left only to unbelievers.”

“The trick for insiders is to think critically about their own tradition, while the trick for outsiders is to try to develop a feel or affinity for the group he or she is studying,” said Hankins.

Read the rest at: Beyond Believers | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.