Social Media has a Negative Impact on College

Social
Media has a Negative Impact on College Students Everyday

Markel (Rodney) Robinson

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York College/CUNY

 

Introduction

It’s
no joke when people say social media is the root of all evil, there’s not a
time when my fellow colleagues and not on their phones scrolling through
Instagram, using their laptops or watching television. There are nights
where students lose precious sleep, because they are watching funny videos on their
phones. And as a college student sleep is valuable. Later, the thought
that we could’ve been doing something way more productive always comes back,
and then that’s when everything comes into realization that social media takes
up more time than we think, and it’s just shows how easy it is to fall into the
trap of media consumption. Therefore, through research experts prove
and say social media effects college students in a negative way.

Social Media Causes Procrastination

Social
media causes procrastination, and it is a drug that every college student takes
a dose of everyday. It’s in the classrooms, playgrounds,
lecture halls and even in the dentist office. Social media is everywhere,
and it almost seems as if there is no escape to it. There are times
when every student just wants to focus and get their school work done, and we
all reach the point where we take a break. You look through my
phone on Instagram, snapchat and 5 minutes pass by. The next thing you
know that 5 minutes turns into 30 minutes, and then maybe even an hour. Social media
creates ways to lose focus and scientifically put things on your timeline to
peak your interest into something else.

Social Media Causes
Distraction

         The majority of students have their phones and other devices
on them while trying to concentrate on their work. It has been said that being
indulged in social media, isn’t the best way to use your valuable time while
there’s no productivity gained from the lost time. College students
should not let social media take up all of their time. Higher grades prove
how much time a student put into their studies to increase their academic
performance. The grades of those who are on social media more always seem
to reflect worse grades.

         All students use the internet to study for test, midterms
and finals to study. However, while searching, it’s not hard to get lost, and
find yourself on a social media website via advertisements and such. Students just seem to
forget what they’re looking for and distraction sets in so easily. Time flies by so quick
when in the leu of being on whatever app of your preference. That time wasted
causes students to not deliver their work in the specified time frame at times. Those who get
distracted while studying end up showing a reduction of their full focus to
complete their assignment. Distraction allows negative outputs in a student’s academic
performance.

Social Media and Bad
Habits

Getting too involved in
social media can lead to an addiction that creates bad habits.

Most of my friends prefer to speak in the group chats, and
spend a majority of their time on facetime. And that’s time where we
could be studying, finishing an essay or learning something new to enhance
their future careers. Which as crazy as it seems I understand why, it just feels
good. In brief, although social media use is practically a
necessity for college students, students must keep in mind of the amount of
time they spend on social media. Not saying stop using social media all together but find a
way to balance the two. In order to make yourself happy and keep your grades high.

         Negative
Impact has been found through research on social network and student academic
performance. There were multiple studies that reported social
media and the amount of time to student spent on their preferred website or app
drastically showed how their grades suffered due to the amount of time. Gafni, R., & Deri, M. (2012). There
was a negative relationship between Facebook and academic performance which led
to a significant decrease in grades due to social media use. Motivation to complete an assignment
significantly decreases due to the accessibility to social sites. Students tend to rely on the virtual way to
learn rather than reaching out, and asking someone in the real world for help.

Social Media Causes Health Problems

         Nasser, R. (2014) The utilization of computers, cell phones, and other devices
to access online websites by students may make the experience less productive
if the person uses it for long hours too frequently. Students are more than
likely to be exposed to and show signs of bad posture, eye strain, physical and
mental anxiety.  

         The excessive
use of social media affects both physical and mental health. It’s rare that a
college student can find time to eat nor find time for a proper sleeping
pattern. Which sends many students running to popular coffee shops in
order for the caffeine to keep them awake. The caffeine does keep
the student alert and active enough to focus, however the excessive amount
negatively effects their health an excessive amount of the use of up and coming
high end educational technology to access social media for students may do more
harm than help, which is why there must be a limit.

Technological
Advances Needs Advisory

         Paul, J.
A., Baker, H. M., & Cochran, J. D. (2012). It would be a better idea for those who are interested in the
future technological advances for education to ensure they coordinate the use
of social media platforms by setting up a policy that can help to regulate the
negative effects aspect of social media consumption. However, to help aid
in the learning process students should also be ready to listen and receive the
information taught in class. The pursuit for academic excellence should be evident in
every student mind even though other things do peak our interest far more than
studies. 

         Social media
sites increased rapidly in popularity in the last decade. Which, is probably due
to the access of databases from college and universities who get global access. Many social networking
sites such as Snapchat and Instagram have become a necessity in a student’s
lifestyle. The applications are designed to keep users locked in a
spend more time on the application to push advertisements and in game purchases.

         Shambare,
R., Rugimbana, R., & Sithole, N. (2012, january 18). The negative effects of these social networking sites seem to
overweigh the positive effects. These sites believe it or not have caused possible harm to
society. Students have become victims to the mind manipulating effects
of social media.  While in search of
course material, it is easy for our attention to be diverted to other sites to
kill the boredom that comes along with study time, which takes away attention
from work.

. Social Media Causes Social Problems

         Many problems
in the social aspect of life has come up due to the use of social media. Life currently consist
of students who prefer to speak online than real life conversations on
applications such as tinder. It is easier for people to hide behind their computers and
type rather than to physically meet someone. That is one of the
leading reasons why some people become an introvert. Less time is spent socializing with
others in person due to the easy access to social media sites.

         Alwagait, E., Shahzad, B., & Alim, S.
(2015). There seems to be
a lack in communication skills, and it shows when some students aren’t able to
communicate and express their thoughts in person efficiently. Skills like basic communication
and knowing how to communicate is essential when looking for a job and for
operating in the real world. Slang words or abbreviated
forms of words on social networking sites are common ways students communicate. Especially with the availability
of the grammar and spell check features it is easy for a student to not worry
about the spelling of a word. Reducing their grasp over how to speak the language and advance
their creative writing skills efficiently.

          Abu-Shanab,
E., & Frehat, M. (2015). The saturation of all
the applications that are currently here and upcoming creates negative effects
on the physical and mental health. Students have become more sleep deprived and it makes them
feel tired and not motivated at all to create contact with people in person. It is encouraged that students
keep in mind of their use on social media. That should allow the
student to be able to judge themselves as to whether it is an appropriate time
or not. The awareness of the negative effects that social media is
not publicized much. But as a reminder it would be a good idea to let students
know that something more productive can be taken in its place. We as students don’t
tend to realize that we are losing out on real world experience because we
choose to be on social websites. 

Research on Academic
Proficiency

       There
was a study conducted by researchers at The Miriam
Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Paul, M., & Gelish, L. (2011, July).  Through their research
they found that there was a connection between social media use and poor
academic performance. The study was according to the use of applications like
Facebook and Twitter as well as texting. The research showed that the women who were Freshman spent up to 12 hours a day using some form of social
media. The most negatively associated activities that were
performed was using Social networks, watching movies and Television. Those activities we
more closely related to negative academic performance among the study participants.

         Rambe, P. (2011). The lead author of the study, Jennifer Walsh, published in
the journal Emerging Adulthood. She wrote that
students using social media that stay on for longer periods of time had “fewer academic behaviors, such as finishing homework, and
being present for class. Had lower academic understanding and had more issues affecting
their school work, such as sleep deprivation and drug use.” Students are starting
to rely more on the information easily available on the various social
networking sites and the web platform. In which reducing
their learning and research capabilities that should be performed through
reliable databases.

 

         According to a
2011 study by CourseSmart, a leading eTextbook company based in California their research showed that nearly four in 10
college students said they could not go 10 minutes without checking their cell
phones, “about the same amount of time it takes to walk to class,”.

         A majority of the 500 college students the company surveyed,
about 98 percent said they own a digital device, and many said the technology added
even more time to their busy schedules. 85 percent of
respondents claimed their devices saved time while studying on average of two
hours a day.

         Kate Caroll, a junior history major at the University of
Maryland, College Park, said she checks her
smartphone “nonstop,” inside and outside of class. Carroll, 33 said “The phone never leaves my side,
wherever I am,”. She has connected with online friends since the mid-1990s,
when she frequented web-based bulletin board systems. “Even if I’m at home
watching TV, I’ll have the phone in my hand, and at the very least, I recheck
Facebook during every commercial. I’ll also check
it at every red light while I’m driving, and every stop sign if there isn’t
anyone behind me.”

         In Conclusion, indulging into social
media too much is a pathway bound to an addiction. Our generation prefers to
chat on the phone with friends for ours when we can be doing something way more
productive with our time. The way people meet online causes friendships and
gatherings to not be as intimate as if you would’ve met in person. With the
introduction of online hybrid classes even the classroom world is slowly fading
away.                   

         There’s nothing like receiving help
from a real professor rather than talking to a computer. However, this virtual
way off acquiring relationships does not lead to natural real-world
experiences. The social media platforms are designed to give an impression that
you should have many friends and acquire a lot of likes on your page. That popularity
most seek for changes thee mood of the user and their overall wellbeing.
Nonetheless, students most definitely should use their time in an effective way
while balancing out the socialization. Without hindering their academic performance.
We are young adults now it is a bout time that we create a well thought out plan
on how to balance work and pleasure. If you’re able to analyze when you fall into
procrastination that is when you know you have self-control on how much time you
want to spend on social media. Sadly, this generation finds other things more important.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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