?There are always problem when people use the public library. In the school library, especially, students are having hard time to study. As time goes by, it is common to use electronic devices for studying such as electronic dictionary, cell phone, and computer. Mostly college provides some computers for studying to their students, but there are some students who do other things for personal using such as Social Networking System. There are many people insist that the SNS can be part of study, and it provide a lot of information which they need.
However, the students, who really need to use computer for studying, often cannot do their job because of these students. In order to control these students, Social Networking System must be censored in college library. One day, I was having trouble with my printer at home. My printer was broken, but I really needed to print something for class. So I went to computer lab in PCC library. However, there is no empty space that I could use. I was in hurry so I started look around in lab.
I finally couldn’t print my paper out until the class started because of the students who was doing Facebook and other SNS for personal using. Through this experience, I realized that SNS must be censored in PCC library in order to prevent victim like me. There are three things why SNS must be censored in school library. First, the SNS provide not accurate information because it is not filtered by anything. The most of people use SNS for chatting with their friends. They are usually talking about daily routines, hobbies, gossips, and more.
When I use computer, for example, I mostly start SNS first instead of studying. I always chat with my friends, or read friends’ post about their daily routines. In addition, the SNS will be distracting students from their work. The SNS provide many media such as video, music, picture, and other fun stuffs. Even though students try to get some information through SNS, they will get some interests about other amusing articles or pictures which are not related in their study. Therefore, they easily lost their concentration on study.
Nowadays, it is really hard to find the people who are not using SNS. They are very sensitive to get news and information fast. Therefore, people naturally use SNS every time when they using computer so these people show some addiction phenomenon which people get nerves or angry when they cannot use SNS. Next, as the computer in school library is for public, the privacy information can be stolen. Nowadays, the identity theft is a growing problem. As numerous people using internet, the number of the identity thieves are increased.
If students’ identities are stolen by identity thieves, it will take our properties or private information from us. On the other hand, there are some people who claim that SNS is one of the helpful sources for studying. First, the SNS is the fastest method to get information because they are updated in real time by SNS users. The form of information can vary such as articles for research, pictures and music for reference, and video for appreciation. As I mentioned above, however, these information is not professional. They can be fake, not accurate, or there is nothing.
Also some people say that the SNS provide out of class opportunity. Out of class opportunity will be a good chance to study for students. However, there are always some people who are in urgent situation. For example, a student has to do an assignment for a class but the power in home is out of order. In this case, this student has to have priority to use computer lab. However, there is no one who has authority to give priority to other. If out of class opportunity can be used in other place where is not in computer lab, people should make a space for urgent student who really need to do in the lab.
To summarize, the school library should censor Social Networking System. SNS provides not accurate information. The sources in SNS are not filtered so it is not reliable and if the student wants to get professional information, it takes more time. Students can be distracted by amusing stuffs which are not related in the study. SNS gives a lot of information to us, but many of information are just for gossip. Also the identity can be theft by using public computer. The thieves can make bad use our personal information to get our properties.
Courtney from Study Moose
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