Social media, tech, and stimulant usage survey

A convenience sample survey of online email, social media, and online storage preferences was administered to 68 students in MS 150 Statistics at the College of Micronesia-FSM.


Site Sp 09 Fa 09 Sp 10 Fa 10 Sp 11 Fa 11 Sp 12 Fa 12 Sp 13 Fa 13
FaceBook 0 9 12 46 62 54 70 70 78 66
Google+





0 32 28 27
Bebo 17 41 27 37 42 20 19 25 10 7
MySpace 32 45 33 33 45 29 31 23 26 12
Twitter




2 7 11 11 5
Other 8 16 26 25 16 12 10 9 2 6
LinkedIn





0 6 6 3
None 9 13 10 8 8 4 3 0 1 2
Sample size n 54 74 58 66 72 61 73 72 80 68

Number of students with membership in the listed site by term Note that the columns do not add to the sample size as students can have multiple memberships.


FaceBook continued its dominant position among students in MS 150 statistics at the college, with 66 of 68 students having a membership in FaceBook. Two students noted that they were not members of any social media web site. The other category included Academia.edu, Skype, Instagram,  and YouTube among others.

FaceBook remains the place to be to communicate with students. FaceBook is a "first checked" web site for 33 of the 68 students. For 23 students email is their "first checked" web site. FaceBook remains the site that leads as the "first checked" site. Communicating effectively with students means utilizing FaceBook.

Spring 2012 no student named Google+ in their responses. By fall 2012 thirty-two students listed Google+ membership. Since the initial uptake, usage has held around 40% among the students, less than half the 97% share of the students held by FaceBook.

The past two terms the survey has also explored the extent to which students use online "cloud" storage. The following table is based on the same survey of 80 statistics students in the spring and 68 in the fall of 2013.


Storage Sp 13 Fa 13
Google drive 12 5
DropBox 8 5
Apple iCloud 7 5
Amazon cloud 7 3

For the first time the survey asked about on line grade book usage, asking the students, "On line grade books you have used (check all that apply)."

Engrade 45
CourseSites 5
Edmodo 1
JupiterGrades 15

This term the survey also explored stimulant usage among students.

Stimulants Number of students Percent
Coffee 46 0.68
Smoke cigarettes 4 0.06
Chewing tobacco 6 0.09
Betelnut without tobacco 7 0.1
Betelnut with tobacco 34 0.5
Betelnut (all) 41 0.6
Sample size n 68
Smoking appears to be effectively a non-issue with only 6%  of the students smoking. Those who chewed tobacco often also chewed betelnut with tobacco. The seven who chewed betelnut without tobacco did not also mark that they chewed with tobacco, thus the betelnut consumers comprise 60% of the 68 students surveyed. Half of the students surveyed chew betelnut with tobacco. This represents real health risk and future health issues for upwards of half of the students. 

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