Should you ditch social media before you go back to school?Posted: 10th of August 2015 by
Social media is a huge phenomenon. Facebook for example was launched in 2004 and as of March 2015 it has 1.44 billion active monthly users. Chances are, you probably don’t even know anybody who doesn’t use some social media platform.
Seen as a great way of communicating with ‘friends’ all over the world easily social media sites like Facebook have become the virtual hangout for teenagers in a world which is either increasingly seen as dangerous or hostile to groups of young people hanging about in parks or street corners. Jobs in social media are a huge growth area of marketing too - but is it good for us?
Aside from the obvious dangers of social media such as revealing personal information about yourself that can either put you in danger or result in consequences that you hadn’t considered (who knew that your future boss would want to stalk your profile and decide based on this whether to employ you or not?) are there any other good reasons for ditching social media?
How about work and social skills?
Use of social media reduces the amount of actual human contact that you have. This means that you spend less time communicating with people in person and less time learning how to ‘read’ their body language. It may be that if you ditch the social media and actually talk to people face-to-face you’ll develop the communication skills needed for work.
How about language skills?
Many people who chat online use text speak. It’s considered an acceptable method of communicating – but some suggest that it is damaging young people’s language and spelling skills, reducing the quality and standard of their work and ultimately affecting grades.
How about your health?
Too much screen time is known to be bad for your eyesight. It has also been linked to poor sleep, bad backs and painful neck syndrome (this is particularly the case with mobile phone use)
How about your concentration?
I think we all know that no matter how many times you tell yourself otherwise – you cannot write an A* essay whilst toggling between your word processing screen and Facebook . Now it has also been suggested that when in class, students are distracted by the mere presence of their mobile – wondering what is going on their virtual world whilst they sit in class.
Maybe social media isn’t good for us after all?....
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