Incoming college freshman, understandably nervous about their future living arrangements, learn their roommate assignments and promptly log on their Facebook accounts to investigate their future roommates. Upon finding information they find favorable or, perhaps even, unfavorable, they began to immediately build friendships or put in for roommate changes, often without even meeting the assigned roommate.While this may seem like a useful tool, it actually defeats the purpose of leaving comfort zones to bond with other students over college experiences. These bonds may not occur in other scenarios, but the unique social setting college provides allows students from all different backgrounds to connect. Such connections build relationships that last a lifetime, help celebrate cultural diversity and open students’ minds to appreciate differences. Going even further, the bonds will shape job opportunities, communities and relations for years to come. Keeping these concepts in mind, it’s easy to understand how “weeding out” potential individuals as roommates via Facebook begins to sour the entire process.Naturally, people always feel more comfortable with those more like them, but that’s not really the point, is it? The point is to leave your comfort zone. While what students learn in college classrooms is undoubtedly important, the lessons learned outside of classrooms may be in danger. Such lessons– life lessons – are often just as important in terms of building strong character in individuals and are part of the distinctive American college experience we've all grown so fond of. Is this Facebook’s fault? No. Perhaps, students aren't even aware of the importance the entire college experience (roommates, included) plays in socialization aspects.That being said, it's not the student's fault either. It's second nature nowadays to Google or Facebook a person within moments of being introduced to them. That's our modern day culture. In fact, some schools even require students to choose roommates through Facebook apps - there's no way of getting around the "social media" aspect of finding a roommate in that case.
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