Tag: social media training
How and why do college athletes use social media? For the last 8 years, we’ve traveled the country to help them use it with purpose and positivity. We’ve been on more than 170 campuses and educated over 100,000 student-athletes. We’ve had conversations about career development, cyberbullying, mental health, brand building and more.
5 years ago, we decided to go deeper, surveying collegiate athletes at every level about their social media use. You can see results from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This year we had over 2000 student-athletes participate. This information is useful for administrators, to help you understand how and why this generation of athletes uses social media, but it is also helpful for us. This data also informs how we structure our sessions and messages to student-athletes, in order to be relevant and connect with them in a way that has a true impact. This is how we have become and continue to be the most trusted resource when it comes to educating student-athletes on social media use, and why more than 170 programs have utilized our services in the past 8 years to educate, equip and empower college athletics on social media.
The reality is that social media use is not going away and there is still a significant need for social media education. There’s a tendency to believe that because this generation of athletes has grown up with social media, that they know how to use it well. For most, that simply isn’t the case. Understanding how and why to use social media well only comes through intentional education from someone who actually understands and uses social media as well as the mindset and habits of not just college students, but college student-athletes.
Here are the results of our 2018 survey on the social media use of college athletes.
Level of competition
98% have an account
53% say they use it less than they did one year ago
32% check it at least 5 times per day, without posting
98% post less than 5 times per day
92% use it to keep up with friends and family
79% use it for entertainment
30% use it to get updates on news
15% use it for school work
62% have more than 500 Facebook friends
32% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
77% utilize Facebook’s privacy settings
83% “like” a brand page on Facebook
95% have an account
62% check it more than 5 times per day, without tweeting
46% tweet between 1- 5 times per day
7% tweet more than 10 times per day
39% have more than 500 followers
67% have a public account
38% use it for entertainment
46% use it to get news updates
31% use it to connect with friends and family
7% have shared personal information on Twitter (phone number, email address, etc)
27% have tweeted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
8% have received hateful/critical tweets from fans
3% have responded to hateful/critical tweets from fans
78% follow a brand on Twitter
99% have an account
84% have a private account
46% check it more than 10 times per day, without posting
39% check it between 5 and 10 times per day, without posting
93% post between 1 and 5 times per day
100% use it to keep up with friends and family
84% use it for entertainment
31% use it to get updates on news
8% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
11% have a Finstagram (fake/secondary Instagram account)
83% follow a brand on Instagram
93% have an account
67% send more than 10 snaps per day
39% use it to stay updated on news
85% use it for entertainment
84% use it to keep up with friends and family
62% have posted something inappropriate (profanity, racial, sexual, drugs/alcohol, violence)
40% have posted something inappropriate during this last school year
9% have sent snaps to someone they don’t know
61% have received snaps from someone they don’t know
67% have more than 50 friends on Snapchat
61% believe Snapchat is private
13% follow a brand on Snapchat
Which social media platform do you use the most?
Which social media platform is your favorite?
In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, what social media platforms do you regularly use?
Facebook Messenger: 85%
71% spend at least 1 hour per day on social media
32% spend more than 2 hours per day on social media
96% said they receive mostly positive comments on social media
85% said overall, social media has a positive impact on their life
49% say they’ve had no social media training
33% say they’ve posted something online they regret
23% have witnessed a teammate being cyber-bullied on social media
31% have checked social media during one of their games
8% have posted to social media during one of their games
39% believe their social media activity is being monitored by their athletics department
15% have been disciplined by a coach or administrator for a social media post
13% have engaged in a romantic relationship online
70% have met someone offline that they first interacted with on social media
31% have used social media to network for a job or internship
Fieldhouse Media is an award-winning firm dedicated to helping athletics departments get the most out of their social media efforts, from educating student-athletes and staff to providing an overall strategy. To find out more about us or to join the more than 170 schools utilizing our services for their athletics department, contact us today.
Monday night, Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo put on a show for the ages at the Final Four. He came off the bench to score 31 points and give Villanova their second national championship in three years. It was and is an incredible story about DiVincenzo, about Villanova and the culture Jay Wright has build, and the value of believing in yourself and taking advantage of your moment.
“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We are, without question, living in interesting times. From #NeverTrump to #CrookedHillary, Russia news to #FakeNews, #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter, our waves of communication (TV, internet and personal) are rife with tension. Everyone has a voice, everyone has an opinion, everyone has a platform to shout it from.
So, what about student-athletes? Coaches want to eliminate “distractions” and want the players focused, but we need to acknowledge that it might be tough to focus completely on their sport when they see what’s going on in the world – good and bad.
For the past 4 years, we’ve surveyed collegiate athletes at every level about their social media use. You can see results from 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year we had more than 2000 student-athletes participate. This information is useful for administrators, to help you understand how and why this generation of athletes uses social media, but it is also helpful for us. This data informs how we structure our sessions and message to student-athletes, in order to be relevant and connect with them in a way that has a true impact. This is how we have become and continue to be the most trusted resource when it comes to educating student-athletes on social media use, and why more than 120 programs have utilized our services in the past 6 years.
We’ll do an analysis of this information in a later post but the results are clear: social media use is on the rise (no surprise) and there is still a significant need for social media education. There’s a tendency to believe that because this generation of athletes has grown up with social media, that they know how to use it well. For most, that simply isn’t the case. Understanding how and why to use social media well only comes through intentional education from someone who actually understands and uses social media.
Here are the results of our 2017 survey on the social media use of college athletes.
It is August 1, 2016. That means NCAA Bylaw 13.10 is now live (note: this is only for D1). What is 13.10? Here’s the breakdown from our compliance friends at Purdue (follow on Twitter @boilerbylaws).
Early on in our company history, we realized that the need for social media education extended beyond student-athletes. We added sessions for coaches and staff as a way to equip them to educate and empower student-athletes throughout the year, but also to equip these individuals to use social media with purpose. From AD’s to SID’s, compliance to marketing, development to ticket sales, GA’s to head coaches, employees of the athletics department are active on social media. And what they do online impacts recruiting, media relations, fan engagement and more.
Each year since 2013 we’ve compiled survey results from college athletes about their social media use. As we spend time on campuses around the country, it’s important that we continue to pay attention to trends in the platforms they use and their behavior on these platforms. The information is also important to coaches and administrators as they are the ones spending time each day with the players. The more informed they can be, the better and more relevant their conversations around this topic will be. We can’t have coaches out there trying to have a conversation about the use of MySpace and expect student-athletes to pay attention. You can see the results from 2013 here, 2014 here and last year here.
We collected responses over the last few weeks. In total, we have over 1300 student-athletes respond. We’ll analyze the results in a later post, but here are the numbers.
As we head full speed into a new year, it’s always good to step back and reflect on the previous year. To understand where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going. And, hopefully, to celebrate. Thanks to you, 2015 brought us many reasons to celebrate.
Kirk Herbstreit, in my opinion, is one of the best analysts in college football. He knows his stuff, he relates well to fans, he let’s you know where he stands, and he has fun. I’m a big fan. That said, Kirk – and the media members, coaches and administrators who agree with him – needs to re-evaluate his position on student-athletes using social media. Kirk went on ESPN Radio this morning on the Mike & Mike show. When asked what advice he would give to coaches, he had this to say (courtesy of 247 Sports):
“My recommendation in the future for all coaches – and I don’t know if you could control this – is get players away from social media; college players,” Herbstreit said. “Because what I find is it’s counterproductive. And I know it’s freedom of speech and you guys should get on this topic some time. And I don’t know how you’d control it. But I’ve never seen a team as active as Ohio State on social media and kind of going back-and-forth, whether it’s the fans, or media, or whatever it might be.
“You can say it doesn’t affect you, but at the end of the day it does. I would do everything in my power if I were a coach in today’s climate to say, ‘Hey guys, camp starts August 1 and your phones and social media, they get put on the sidelines until we’re done playing. You’re not going to engage. You’re not going to get involved. Because there’s nothing good that comes out of that.’
“I think in some weird way, that may have had some sort of impact on Ohio State, because those guys, they were tweeting more than they were practicing it seemed like sometimes. Those guys were really, really active – and kind of cute – on social media. And they need to put that away. All teams, in my mind, needs to put that stuff away.”
“It’s not always what they tweet out and what they send, it’s what they read and what people can say to them is the thing I have a problem with.”