Week 12 – Lab Reflection + Reading Response

Question: Many social media platforms are considered sociotechnical systems that people use on a daily basis. How might these platforms take over a student’s life over time?

I believe this question will help my research based on the survey results because many of the questions involve social media and it will help me determine how common it is that students use technology and its effect on those students. It will also show me whether or not students actually use these sociotechnical systems too much.


My visualization brings to light that most students agree that social media platforms create more problems than they solve. Additionally, this helps me answer my question because it provides a clear chart on the number of students that understand how socio-technical systems can be a problem. It also provides an irony because even though most students agree that social media causes problems, they continue to use it on a daily basis, as shown in my pivot table from last week.

The chart will support my research and might even bring more questions to the table. After seeing the outcome of the chart, it made me curious about reasons why students use social media as much as they do, even though they see it more as a problem than as a solution. Though there are many students that disagree that social media doesn’t have a negative affect, what reasons might explain why they disagree?

Reading Response:

The Executive Summary overviews the Champaign Urbana Public Health Department’s (CUPHD) efforts to assess and find needs in the communities it serves. They utilized the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership method (MAPP), which involves contacting local hospitals and service centers and finding out what is needed. The summary then overviews the four main assessments it underwent. These include the Community Health Status Assessment, the Community Themes and Strengths Assessment, the Local Public Health System Assessment, and finally, the Forces of Change Assessment. Lastly, the Summary explains, “Based on the four MAPP assessments, community leaders convened to identify priorities,”. The goal of all of these is to inform the reader of the specific methods the CUPHD is taking to find the needs it will address. Overall, the summary does well for the reader and informs them effectively and comprehensively of the CUPHD’s methods. The summary is trying to communicate that the CUPHD has comprehensive and well-thought-out plans to fix problems the community is facing. It also is able to grant the reader with some clarity on how organizations like the CUPHD run.



(Background): Social media and the communication between students have been and continue to evolve since the 19th century.

(Thesis): The University of Illinois has allowed for people and students to systematically communicate over time, from protesting, to debates, to advanced technology. Many social media platforms are considered sociotechnical systems that people use on a daily basis. These specific platforms may take over a student’s life over time and can affect social interaction within students, especially at the University of Illinois.


(Data Archives):

This resource on student protests from the 19th century provides background on how important political and economical debates were communicated in our past.


The resource Students utilize technology for social good through Hack4Impact from the Daily Illini helps explore how it helps connect students with nonprofits through technology and the impacts that they make on society. The author believes that “this whole idea of social impact and technology needs to be more intertwined in the future to propel nonprofits to do even more social good,” pushing for technology to be utilized to its full potential. The impact that this organization has on social change through will help me pursue the answer to my inquiry. Additionally, they created an educational tool called MapStories “developed as a way to help the newsroom share local history and African American culture in a user-friendly way.” This is a key event that was used to build their story, which eventually allowed them to partner with other nonprofits that wanted to help change the world for good.

(Data from Interview):

“I’ve seen many students in public with their friends, and they are all usually on their phones, rather than speaking to each other. Whereas before the advances of technology, people would normally speak to each other without the use of their phones or social media. Technology has changed students for the better and for the worse.” (Sebastian 2:01)

My interviewee Sebastian brought to light that social media is great for communication and networking, but also agreed that it is not beneficial for everything that it’s used for.


I can use Yang’s source to explain how technology and social media may have an effect on a student’s engagement to their career in the future. Yang’s evidence relates to and even questions our humanity. He talks about how most people don’t even like their jobs, especially right after they graduate. Additionally, he uses numbers and percentages to explain his point, and “According to Gallup, only 13 percent of workers worldwide report being engaged with their jobs. The numbers are a little better in America, with 32 percent saying they were engaged with their work in 2015” (Yang Chapter 7).

(Survey Data):

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Based on my pivot table, a lot of students tend to use social media on a daily basis, although, I was surprised by how many people use it on an hourly basis. Additionally, most people seem to agree that social media platforms create more problems than they solve for students on campus. On the other hand, most students still use social media very often, regardless of how it affects their lives.

This data is valuable to me because I can start to see a trend towards students who agree that social media is problematic and continue to use it. It’s interesting to think about what it would be like if social media didn’t exist in our time because it did not exist back in the 19th century, so a lot has changed since then.


Summarize all data from beginning to end and restate thesis. Emphasize the importance of the innovation on technology and how it affects the lives of millions.

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