Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook for Students

Furthermore, Facebook users are able to engage in applications, participate in interest groups and organize events through Facebook. At least not to the extent of logging in with every notification. Students have the ability to share ideas and their feelings towards a certain aspect and help one another in problem solving and understanding particular concepts. This can be rather easily solved — don’t multitask, drop Facebook and start revising! [4345]

Each user on has their own free to set-up individual profile from which they can engage with others user’s Facebook profiles through instant messaging, email and recently ‘video calling’ in association with Skype and notifications etc. Furthermore, students can share useful information that they have come across in further research they may have carried out that, from a topic the teacher has posted — for example a particularly useful article, or an educational video — all of which can be brought ‘back’ into classroom discussion and reflect positively in a student’s work. Switch from revising to Facebook etc.) are said to see a drop by 20% in their grades. that Facebook fan pages like the examples above share through their ‘wall’. From Facebook you are able to organize private groups in which students are able to carry out essentially large revision sessions in which everyone can benefit from one person sharing a particularly helpful point or comment — or if a particular student is struggling with a certain concept and explains what it is they are struggling with on the Facebook group, other students can come in and help with that aspect — which may help additional students too. 

 If you have any additional disadvantages of Facebook for students please be sure to add them to the comments box below.

Summary of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Facebook for Students

Overall, I believe students who are fully aware of the potential benefits and drawbacks (as detailed above) can gain greatly in a number of aspects from Facebook, bearing in mind they approach it with the right strategy. they only log in to their account once every few days to check for events that are going on and to participate in educational groups and get in touch with the news.

Vulnerable - an important point students need to be aware of is the information that they upload on and share to Facebook from several areas. They also refrain from using it ‘too much’ e.g. Log off, turn off — go outside and play football, you will  probably be quite surprised how much happier and positive you are (if you like football of course).

A Greater Sense of Community and ‘Fun’ - again with Facebook due to its ease and free communication,(an advantage for penniless students all by itself) it is a great platform for sharing information fast and can keeping a lot of students feeling ‘connected’ — hence it is easy to keep people updated with relevant information and aspects and keep people involved and active in events. And in the future who knows what the possibilites for social networking sites such as Facebook can offers us — but the primary objective of such a site (at least for now) is to keep people ‘connected’. 

How to Use FacebookAdvantages of Facebook for Students

Group Study & Collaboration With Teacher Integration - a positive aspect of Facebook for students is for the promotion of group study and collaboration, along with the further possibility of educators and teachers having a ‘watchful eye’ and a ‘helping hand’ in group discussions which that can be taken away from the classroom. Furthermore, an individual could know more information about than you would like them too, having said that do you even know really how much Facebook knows about you? I think you would certainly be surprised. For example, if a student claims that they are going on holiday in a few days to X-land — this could give a ‘go ahead’ for a potential robbery as they know the house to be empty. This is hardly surprising considering the amount of ‘depressive’ type statuses that are seen through Facebook. It is estimated that as a result of Facebook — students are now “twice as likely” to participate in campus activities (compared with students who are non-Facebook users). Furthermore, students are also more likely to be feel like they have more ‘friends’ and hence ‘popular’ and sociable than that of non-Facebook using students. [4345]

So How does Facebook work?

Overview of Facebook for Students

Before discussing the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook for students — I believe it is first best to get an quick overview of what exactly ‘Facebook’ is.

As social networking sites have now become an integral part of a student’s everyday life and with Facebook considered to be the ‘Big Daddy’ of the online social networking world — consisting of over 900 million users, it is not too surprising to find that more than 96% of students claim they have a Facebook Profile (with 10% using it daily)[4346]  – this coupled with the fact it actually originated from a student, Mark Zuckerberg, on Havard University Campus.

Keeping Students Up to Date - by simply ‘liking’ a Facebook fan page such as ‘The Economist’ or ‘The Financial Times’ students can allow themselves to be kept up to date on a vast array of current (and mostly) quality information and news — through articles, videos etc. Hence, it can put you on a downer rather than a high. Be careful and be private!

Psychological Issues - Another negative factor of Facebook for students is it can promote ill feeling to be an individual as well as the feeling of loneliness and depression, and in some cases causing individuals to  become more aggressive. From this they can expand upon current knowledge and also learn about new things that can be potentially beneficial to the student and their education.

If you have any additional advantages of Facebook for students please be sure to add them to the comments box below.

Disadvantages of Facebook for Students

Negatively Impacts on Grades - Of course there are two sides to this aspect, Facebook can obviously benefit a student’s grade from healthy debate and discussion but it also has the negative effect on a student’s grade as a result of potential procrastination and distraction. For example, when it comes to around exam time and that means revision and study time — they either ban themselves from using it or better still delete their account until exams have finished (and don’t worry Facebook make it *surprisingly* easy to get your account back). Having said this — the ‘net’ Facebook effect, for students who multi-task (e.g. If a student approaches Facebook maturely and wisely then it can be a great platform for them to benefit from, otherwise it could lead to a potential ‘minor’ road to ruin, with the likes of obsession and depression.

If you have any additional advantages and disadvantages of Facebook for students or any general remarks then I encourage you to please leave a comment below.

How the Sports Betting Line is Made by RJ Bell

Power ratings are the oddsmaker’s value of each team and are used as a guide to calculate a “preliminary” pointspread on an upcoming game. “We’re not trying to pick the team that covers the spread, we’re trying to make it a coin flip, a tough decision (for the bettor).

Oddsmakers can also change the line depending on various event-related factors such as player injuries or weather. Seba explained that it all starts with each oddsmaker creating a line on each game based upon their own personal approach. Of the 4-5 oddsmakers, generally the 2 most respected opinions are weighed more heavily by the Odds Director before he decides on the final line.

Oddsmakers at LVSC are professional sports junkies who love what they do and would probably do it for nothing if you asked them, but they do get paid for it. We do this by drawing from past experiences and applying them to current situations. By moving the line, sportsbooks can influence how the public bets on a particular game.

“The main objective is that our clients get equal action on both sides,” Seba said.

Moving the line is the oddsmaker’s effort to balance betting action, and often times such moves can have a major impact on a bettor’s decision.

“You either have a passion for it or you don’t,” Seba said. People think it’s much more complicated, but it’s not.”

Las Vegas Sports Consultants (LVSC) is the world’s premier oddsmaking company and the most respected authority on making the lines. Obviously, if the line comes out a week ahead of the event (which is the case in football), there is much that could happen during the week leading up to the event that could affect the line.

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Experts working for the individual books having a strong opinion on the game

For example, if the pointspread on a game is 7 and most of the money is coming in on the underdog (taking the +7), sportsbooks will then move the number down to 6 ½ to try and attract money on the favorite. Examples of non-game factors that would require an adjustment to a team’s power rating are key player injuries and player trades.

What Is the Line Trying to Accomplish?

Once the opening line is released by LVSC, the individual sportsbooks decide if they want to make any adjustments before offering it to the public. In doing so they attempt to make more attractive the team that is getting less action.

How the Opening Line Is Made

Why the Line Changes

A round-table discussion among the 4-5 oddsmakers involved in making the line for each sport is then conducted and a consensus line is decided upon by the Odds Director before it is released to the sportsbooks.

The opening line is the first line created by the oddsmakers, which is then sent out to sportsbooks. Mike Seba is a Senior Oddsmaker at LVSC and has been making lines for the last six years. The power ratings are adjusted after each game a team plays. Oddsmakers have to determine if any changes are necessary and send out an “adjusted line.”

There is a common misconception that point spreads represent the oddsmakers’ prediction of how many points the favorite will win by. By necessity their approach is very research-oriented and concise, since with millions of dollars at risk there is little margin for error. Stated another way, they want to create a line that half the people find appealing to bet one way while the other half find it appealing to bet the other way (known as ‘dividing the action’).

Once a game’s power rating based pointspread is determined, the oddsmaker will make adjustments to that line after considering each team’s most recent games played and previous games played against that opponent. Reasons for such adjustments include:

“The #1 thing for us is to make a line for each game that creates good two-way action. Of course there is an entire method to the madness on how the opening line is created.

Divided action means the sportsbook is guaranteed a profit on the game because of the fee charged to the bettor (called juice or vig – typically $11 bet to win $10). If an oddsmaker comes up with a preliminary line of USC -7, then an adjustment up to -7.5 or -8 would be made in response to the public’s expected USC bias. In our extended interview, Seba explained that there are 4-5 oddsmakers assigned to make lines for each of the major sports (pro & college football and basketball; MLB, NHL, boxing, golf). Also, adjustments are made after reading each team’s local newspapers to get a sense of what the coaches & players are thinking going into the game. If we’ve done that, we’ve done our job.”

Individual books having players who consistently bet with certain tendencies (such as an extreme bias toward favorites or toward a certain popular team like USC) . That is not the case at all – their intent is NOT to evenly split the ATS result between the teams; rather, their goal is to attract equal betting action on both sides. This usually includes having up-to-date power ratings on each team. Once betting begins, sportsbooks can adjust the line at any time. For example, the public might have heavy betting interest week after week on a popular college football team such as USC.

The last step in the line-making process for each oddsmaker is taking one final look to determine whether or not the line “feels right.” This is where common sense and past experience with how games are bet enters into the picture. Each of these oddsmakers bring unique opinions, strengths and weaknesses to the process.

RJ Bell

© 2006


Since the oddsmaker’s ultimate goal is equally dividing the betting action, public perception and betting patterns must be taken into account.

The purpose of these adjustments, like all line adjustments, is to more equally divide the betting action

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