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Don't panic: Social media

The Psyc/Soc Student's Guide to Fourth Year by Hope Christie and Karl Johnson

Social media

In amongst the selfies, food-porn and videos of cats, there is actually some interesting stuff trying to get your attention online.

There are a number of sociologically-relevant Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, so maybe try sneaking a few in – they're trying to be interesting! Generally-speaking, they represent blogs. A few examples are Everyday Sociology Blog, Sociological Images, The Conversation and The Sociological Imagination.
Equally, for psychology there are a bunch of interesting websites as well as social media groups to investigate. ResearchGate and Academia.edu are great websites where researchers often publish pieces of work that you may otherwise not be able to get access to. And even if their paper isn’t available, you can always request it and they get back to you fairly quickly! The British Psychological Society’s Facebook page is great, as well as Elsevier’s psychology Facebook page. QMU, the BPS and the APA are just a few psychology bodies that have their own twitter feeds. Most psychologists also have their own twitter feeds. It is good to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of psychology; you may also find out about conferences, and possible job or PhD opportunities. All these online resources are great, extremely interesting and informative – so use them!

One final thought; absolutely everyone and their dog (quite literally) has Facebook these days, and usually each year group will create a Facebook group to keep everyone in the loop about different things that happen over the year. Whether its changes to hand in dates, an answer to a question about an assignment, or a change in classroom for a specific lecture. This is all great and fine. However, when it comes to voicing opinions about lecturers and/or the university, be mindful of what you are typing and who may possibly end up hearing about it. The university takes matters like this very seriously, especially when lecturers are named in these types of disgruntled Facebook rants (be honest, we’ve all posted one of them). If you are a bit peeved about something at uni, we’re not saying bottle it up, not at all. Just don’t voice it on Facebook. Instead get in touch with your PAT, the head of department, or student services