Social Networking or the use of specific websites or applications to interact with other users is one of the many key and driving factors today in our world. We find ourselves lost for many minutes or possibly hours at a time on any particular app or website. Looking deeper into the issue of social networking and its impact on our life, I highly doubt we have accomplished anything at all. A very smart man once said, “Time is money.” If that quote is true do we find ourselves in the twenty first century wasting money on pictures of people we don’t even know and moments we were not a part of?
As technology has evolved and become so apart of our world its effect spread to all ends of the spectrum of every day life. The generation of high school students today can’t imagine a world without a smart phone in their pocket. In an article on how technology is changing us Howard Gardner said, “This generation expects that every aspect of life will be quick, efficient, streamlined, available immediately on demand, tell you what to do, how to do it, how others feel about it, and, at least implicitly, how you should feel about it, how you should feel about yourselves.” Social networking provides this all. We as a country, and this generation have a sense of entitlement to know everything.
We justify our hours of social networking by saying we are connecting and interacting with friends and family that in no other means accessible we’d be granted that privilege. But truly are we using these devices of technology for these means, or at more times than not do you find yourself scanning any particular website or app viewing things that have no real impact or significance. According to MarketingCharts staff a survey conducted finds that the average online American spends 2 hours a day social networking from a computer, tablet and/or mobile phone. We as the human race must change and limit our time and use of social networking. Social Networking and its benefits are endless but only if used in an efficient manner.
Recent studies by multiple institutions also have found that students with access to the Internet use it to discuss or review educational assignments on a daily basis. ProCon.org reports that 59% of students with this access use social networking sites to discuss educational topics and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments. After the student leaves school grounds he or she is still required to complete various assignments or projects. With these comes many questions or concerns on how the teacher may want a specific item completed, or even maybe how to even start an assignment. Social networking and the ability to interact with fellow teachers and students after school hours is crucial to the success of every student.
There truly is not enough time in each school day to cover or complete all work that is necessary. With Facebook and our friends just a click away we enter in a world of more focused student centered learning. Those self-driven students will seek our answers and solutions to any work assigned for outside of the classroom. Collaborating and working with like-minded people will not only benefit them in the classroom, but also be a crucial skill in the work force of our world.
Social Networking brings along a few negative but controllable aspects. There are countless stories about people of all ages who have been affected in some way or another by cyber bulling. The Story of Megan Meier was one that you will never forget. She hung herself in a closet because a certain boy on MySpace had posted multiple bulletins claiming, “The world would be a better place without you.” The opinion of one online friend took the life of a young girl who was truly innocent. Megan had created a MySpace account at the age of only fourteen. She was truly a girl of great opportunity.
She described herself as modern, enthusiastic, goofy, alluring, and neglected. This site provided her an avenue to gain attention from those around her. The monitoring of her online account done by her mother and father is truly honorable. They felt that Megan at such a stage of adolescence was not ready to navigate the Internet alone. Due to a false accusation on a social networking site Megan Meier took her own life. We truly must teach all people a sense of self-confidence and the ability to discern what is truth and what is rumor.
While not all negative effects of social networking due with life or death situations studies have shown that students who use social networking sites are much more likely to have a lower GPA (grade point average) than a student who does not use social networking. As stated previously we as people spend many hours in our daily lives looking at a screen full of events, pictures, tweets, posts, reposts, videos, and so much more. But what are we truly getting ourselves into? Do those interactions with friends and family have a negative effect on our schooling? Yes.
Counterclaims: Although social media can connect teens to the world and friends and family around them, it is actually one of the highest ranking causes of suicide amongst teenagers in the 21st century.
Social Networking Eats Up 3+ Hours Per Day For The Average American User January 9, 2013 – by MarketingCharts staff
Story of Megan Meier