Younger faculty are more involved in using social media as a facet of their personal and professional lives, as well as in the classrooms. However, even then there are still less than 40% of faculty members using social media as a part of their teaching toolbox. Faculty members in the humanities and arts are slightly more likely than others to be involved with social media.
In general, personal use of twitter, facebook, and other online resources remains the norm. The findings pertaining to Linkedin is an exception as it's intended use is for building professional networks.
While faculty are using social media to enhance their social and professional connections, there are attempts to use the internet to include online content in the classroom or as part of the teaching and learning experience.
The change in barriers to social media use over time are an indicator of the advances made with technology, as well as a reflection of their growing incorporation into everyday life.