Social media: A blessing and a curse
It’s both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to always stay connected to our friends and family who may be far away and provides us with the latest news at a click of the button.
But being connected all the time serves as an easy source of distraction.
Look around you—how many people are hunched over, glued to their phone screen, not giving an ounce of attention to what is happening around them?
How many times have you seen someone sitting in Saga with their computer in front of them with notes spread across the table, but instead of studying, they’re on Facebook or Instagram?
In The Franklin’s latest online poll, 46 percent of respondents said they spend three to five hours on social media, while 30 percent spend zero to two hours, and 24 percent spend six or more hours online each day.
That’s a lot of time spent on social media—time that could be spent working, doing homework or spending time with friends.
If you’re reading this, you probably just closed out of your favorite social media app. It starts with a quick click to check in, but you find a post worth reading. Then, before you know it, you’ve spent hours watching videos of DIY crafts you could never master.
If less time was spent on social media, more time could be spent on homework and studying for exams, which is crucial if you’re a college student. Spending large amounts of time on social media can be detrimental to your grades.
In a study reported by NBC News, students who use social media while doing homework or studying can lower their grade by at least 20 percent.
Is lowering your grade by 20 percent worth knowing what your favorite celebrity is doing every minute of the day? It really isn’t.
Setting aside your phone, or closing out of social media tabs on your computer, at least for a couple of hours to do homework or interact with real people, isn’t a big deal. You’re not going to miss much.
The next time you do your homework or study for a test, try shutting your phone off for a couple of hours and putting is somewhere out of your line of sight. If you don’t see it, you won’t be as tempted to check it and may retain even more of what you’re trying to learn.
Our position: We agree that social media causes students to procrastinate and takes their focus away from important things.
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