Week 13 Lab Reflection + Reading Response

Final Project Workshop: 5 Slides

Reading Response- OUTLINE


(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):

Before COVID, you used social media during a normal semester on a [ ] basis:Number of respondents:
Not Applicable: did not use social media2
Grand Total55

Based on my pivot tables, 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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