The Impact of Social Media Towards Education In Indonesia
Liem, Wilson Philip
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Recent study states that social networking eats up 3+ hours per day for the average American users. American social net-working users aged 18-64 averagely spend around 3.2 hours daily on Facebook. However, this surprising study result does not stop here; Indonesian is the longest time spender on social networking. Those users usually spend around 5.1 hours on social networking daily. Back to early 90’s many higher education in developed countries have already started to implement information system as a mean to improve their student’s study. However in Indonesia, we still find it exclusive and limited to those with su_cient facilities. The era of online social networking in Indonesia started around early 2000’s with the growth of Friendster user. Since that, the numbers of users have been rapidly growing. In the global world 21st century, social networking or some may say social media, has very deep impact among the users in Indonesia. One of the most famous social media, which bloomed in mid 2006, is Facebook. As well as a social communication tool, it can be used for education purpose. The simplicity of the interface, packed with tons of facilities turns out to be appealing for educating students. Therefore, some other web-based applications were born, for example is Edmodo. Filled with capabilities and features specially designed for education means, it is indeed a very effective way of collaborating information technology and higher education. Using personal observation, writer is try to find out how students percieve Edmodo.