4 Cool Stats from our Stuent Sentiment Index
We talked to over 2000 of you guys in the past few weeks. We asked questions about what it's like to be a student in Ireland today and what are some the key influences and influencers in young peoples' lives. The Student Sentiment Index gives some really cool insights into how students lives and studies are impacted by technology, here are some of the best bits.
1. Future Prospects
It's clear from the responses we got that that lots of students are worried about the future. Having lived through the worst of the recession this probably isnt surprising. Lots of students think they'll probably emmigrate at some stage, even if this isnt permanent. Interestingly though a high proportion of students say that rent costs will influence they're college choices, which seems to be a recent development, to do with the housing crisis, in particular places like Dublin.
2. Trendsetters and Role Models.
When we put together our word cloud of responses fro the survey a few names stood out as students' role models. For boys Conor McGregor featured heavily, sure sign that his cult of personality remains huge. For girls, women who are seen as being 'strong' seemed to be favoured, in particular Emma Watson who launched the #He4She campaign in recent years featured heavily.
3. Regional Difference
Looking at our results, the Studyclix team were pretty surprised at some of the results. For instance, what is it about Sligo that makes it a Tinder hotspot? However some were notably understandable with students from counties like Mayo, further away from Dublin less likely to consider the capital as a college option.
It's obvious to anyone that technology and social media plays a big part in young people's lives. It was interesting to see that Snapchat had overtaken Facebook as the most used social network, perhaps showing increased awareness of privacy concerns. Students also said social media had impacted on their study, even though many of them found it useful at the same time. At Studyclix we think you can try to balance those negatives by closing any social media tabs and putting your phone outside the room or on 'do not disturb' mode.
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