Teacher vs Student: How Each Actually Uses Social Media

At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less….interesting to me. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff. Or maybe just posting about more boring stuff?

It turns out I was right – at least according to the handy infographic below, which details how both teachers and students view some of the more popular social media platforms. Facebook is for old people (according to students) – so I wasn’t too far off. I’m old (apparently). And with just about the expected amount of no surprise, teachers and students see each platform quite differently. Teachers’ favorites are not student favorites, and vice versa. And those that are popular with both are not necessarily for the same reasons.

So is there one platform that ‘wins’ with both students and teachers? My guess is that it is probably Twitter. Both teachers and students use it pretty actively, and it can easily be used in the classroom. Do you agree? What do you think is the most ‘all-around’ social media platform for both teachers and students (in and out of class)?

Student And Teacher Views On Social Media


  • Teacher: Love it! So fun to see pics and posts from my friends, family, even my coworkers!
  • Student: Facebook? Isn’t that for old people?


  • Teacher: Awesome for connecting with other teachers. Love my Tuesday night #edchat!
  • Student: Awesome for connecting with my friends. #FridayNightParty #ChelseasHouse #Don’tCareIfThisIsPublic


  • Teacher: Check out these supercute photos of my classroom!
  • Student: Check out these supercute mirror selfies!


  • Teacher: Have an account but don’t really use it.
  • Student: Have an account but don’t really use it.


  • Teacher: My source of inspiration for lesson planning, crafts, meal planning, and more!
  • Student: A source of procrastination for grown-ups.


  • Teacher: Snapchat? I think my students use that. #DontEvenWantToGoThere
  • Student: My favorite social media app. #UntilTheGrownUpsArrive




  1. Lawrence Sene

    October 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Not using Google+ yet? You Will. I assure you, you will.

    • Jim Babbage

      October 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      I remember talking social media with my Journalism students a few years ago. And I focused on Twitter because of how useful I found it, as a resource for finding information, for staying ahead of the crowd. Back then, they didn’t get it, didn’t see the point. They focused too much on how useful (or not) writing anything in 140 characters was. If nothing else, I thought it was excellent training for writing headlines and leads.But that to me, was just a bonus. NOW, though, I follow many of my graduates VIA Twitter, and by and large, I think they are using it for the same reasons I was; not just as a voice in social media, but as a tool for research and learning.

  2. David

    October 28, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Some great points! Thanks.

  3. Missrithenay

    November 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve heard many times that teens are using twitter and abandoning Facebook. Interestingly though, with all the kids I know the reverse is true (although you’re spot on about Instagram and snapchat). I wonder if there’s a geographical slant to these studies/statistics? Are Canadian kids using FB more than their US counterparts? Interesting discussion at any rate.