Through her qualitative research at a particular school with a largely diverse demographic, Nicole found the majority of students prefer the use of Social Networking Systems like Facebook. She also feels faculty members should be adopt the use of Social Networking to build stronger learning communities and student engagement.
While the data collected is from only one school, I can personally relate with my experiences. Since Facebook came out in 2004, I've actively participated and witnessed the site blossom into a social phenomenon. Initially, I used the "The Facebook" to connect with all my college friends to simply look at their profiles. Once instant messaging and group pages became available, I started to notice the power of networking and building interpersonal relationships.
I believe students who prefer the use of Social Networking Systems are currently interested and engaged in Social Media. And since the majority of our youth are exposed to such media, I agree we should supplement social networking as a learning tool to help foster relationships and build communities.