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Design News - News - Are Social Media Hurting STEM?: Is social-media uptake hurting the education of the STEM ge...

An article in my local newspaper today discusses whether growing up digital and immersed in social media is helpful or harmful to the current generation of students. As an editor who works online to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, I have a few differing views on the topic. Social media are a terrific way for people to reach, engage, and connect with each other. Just last week, I went to a gathering of people I’ve worked with off and on through many company moves, name changes, and company sales. People showed up whom I hadn’t seen in ages, and everyone commented on how great it was to see each other after so long. How was the gathering arranged? Through LinkedIn, Facebook, and email. My son got a new co-op job a few hours from where he lived near his college. He announced his luck on Facebook and within an hour had a friend comme...

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