“Instagrim”: Why social media makes students miserable

In our classrooms, we urge our students to express a range of opinions, to disagree, to become critical thinkers. Online is a different matter. On their Facebook and Instagram feeds, they are learning to conform and be uniformly agreeable, because opinion and difference can come with a high price.

“People have pressure now, more than ever, to project an image that everything’s peachy and wonderful in their life,” said one student.

U can’t talk to ur professor like this

Do interactions between students and faculty in university settings draw from a larger sociological context? Are impeccably proofed, grammatical, formal emails tied to good pedagogy and a liberal credo?

No “LOL”s allowed in this classroom.