In today’s world where we have such an easy access to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat how could you avoid signing up for one? There are so many opportunities to become a socialite and make new friends, but does our generation know how much social networking is enough?
When asking individuals ages of 15 to 19 what their most loved past time is or what they do to engage themselves, Its pretty sure most of them would likely reply with something along the lines of, “Just chilling on my phone, probably on Instagram or Facebook.”
Even though being connected through social media keeps us in good spirits and updated but too much of it can serve as a potential threat to our everyday lives.
While we agree that a boring class is not the best thing in the world, the information being taught is much more important than what’s being posted on your Instagram or Twitter feed.
Excessive use of social network can not only affect your academic life, but also your personal life as well. People end-up wasting their time on liking posts and searching random profiles even if they login to get some useful information. Facebook has its positive sides too if it is used for educational and informative purposes. Students get idea of what’s happening around them and also they can interact on groups meant for educational purposes.
They tend to check their advanced gadgets, especially, their cell phones on a normal of 11.43 times during class for non-classroom exercises. A strong 12 percent do messaging, mailing, checking the time or different exercises in class more than 30 times a day.
Social media networks are accessible to anyone who has gadgets like a laptop or Smartphone, which has the facility to connect to the Internet. Thanks to social norms, it is almost expected to see with such devices and therefore most people are connected to a social media network. The Internet, which is wireless and free at institutions provide students with the opportunity to become distracted from their lectures. Facebook is a most suitable example of a social media network that has a serious effect on students' lives and education. Some effects are seen to be negative as well as some can be seen as positive.
The constant distraction that the social networks have affects how one learns and how their brain absorbs new information. Students who are surfing through their social media networks while they are listening to their teachers' lectures are not using the full potential power of their brains' learning centre.
10 ways in which social media is distracting:
- You seemingly have to watch what everyone else is up to: liking posts and following the live feeds. Otherwise you might miss something – right?
- You find yourself stalking people… wondering what they’re up to at any given time…
- You get drawn into content that might be interesting, but isn’t relevant to your studies or purpose.
- You end up taking Wiki walks, even if you didn’t mean to. (Randomly following Wikipedia links (or others) and reading articles, which ends up wasting a lot of time) The longer the walk, the more unrelated the articles become.
- You end up watching each account in case anyone contacts you directly
- If anyone does contact or mention you, you drop everything you’re doing and respond instantly to any comment or communication that comes your way.
- There are too many accounts and feeds to focus on.
- There are too many people to follow.
- You find yourself wandering the social mediasphere aimlessly, looking for relevant content.
- You ended up looking at what your friends were up to all day instead of doing your work.
10 ways to avoid getting distracted by social media:
- Avoid news and social media sites. A helpful tip is to create an aggregated feed of all your favorite news sites. This helps you avoid wasting time wandering the Internet for headlines and updates.
- Avoid Internet browser when you’re working. Those are the most precious seconds which the browser takes to load when you feel tempted to go online may be its just the moment you need to become conscious of the time you’re wasting. If you are logged in on a continual basis, try restricting yourself to three or four browser tabs for work-related websites. Close everything else.
- Plan when to interact. You must schedule when you will use social media, check Facebook or post selfies. If you schedule your time each day to do this you can focus more on getting your work done instead of wondering where that time went. Stick to those times!
- Stick to the plan. Be disciplined, trust your plan, stick to it and review how it’s working, when you said you would. (It’s ok not to be on IG (Instagram) all day, really!)
- Reflect and adjust. You are required to closely monitor your progress on a daily and weekly basis and make necessary adjustments. You should frequently ask yourself the following questions. While these are related to your studies, you could just as well use them in any work or life situation.
- What is my main goal?
- What is my goal for the week?
- What do I need to do today?
- Where am I at the moment?
- Is this technique/schedule/place/relationship/situation working?
- Is it worth improving? How can I improve it?
- Study or work in right place. Picking the right place to study is important because it has a major influence on the efficiency of the learning process. While you might like to study in your room, you’ll easily be distracted by TV, video games, or fashion magazines lying next to your bed. A coffee shop might seem like a good option but it can be noisy at times. Be sure to find a quiet and well lit place. If you are planning to spend long hours working or studying, it’s a good idea to make sure that your chair and desk are comfortable for greater productivity. A bad physical setup can spoil both your posture and your work efficiency.
- Managing Physical Space. When you see clutter in your physical work spaces, try to take that as a sign that you need to hit a pause button. Usually it is because you are doing too much.
- Cut down. Choose and use the right types of social media. You don’t have to have or use every one. digmytwitfaceplusstumbleblogtube…!
- Just Say No . Just avoid using social media for a day and go to meet with people, read a book, or take a walk. The important thing is to disconnect every now and then so you can re-center and focus.
Social media is awesome but when it starts interfering to the point that your grades are suffering, you can’t or aren’t getting anything else done it is time to try some of the above techniques.