Are Social Networking Sites the Biggest Distraction for Students?


With social networking in vogue, one cannot image not being part of it. Be it Twitter, Facebook, Friendster, LinkedIn among the few, today’s youth is hooked to them. We tend to devote a major chunk of our productive time in these sites. But we have to remember these exciting sites come with their own package of advantage and disadvantages.

social mediaIn today’s time, the utility of internet is indispensable and students are bound to surf online regarding various information gathering and collecting activities. At the same time,these sites help in seeking jobs, increasing connectivity. Even news organizations seek to be partners with such sites like Youtube or Twitter. The problem arises when students tend to spend the majority of their time online doing nonbeneficial activities like chatting.

Social Networking does help in connecting and bonding people with each other but when young minds engage all their energy in the sole purpose of chatting or gaming online, they simply become a time waster. Further a major threat is inappropriate exposure with strangers leading to cyber crimes. Often we see such incidents and students being young and naïve easily fall for such traps.

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What students need to keep in mind is that a proper use with adequate regulations and knowledge about security and privacy is a must. One should be able to draw a line when engaging in such activities and know when it is tending from mere entertainment to dangerous inclinations. Preventing students to join these networking sites can never be a solution. One must try and inculcate a differentiation between utilization and wastage while using these sites.
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Rituparna Das
Student Reporter at Linkfried, Rituparna is a student of Yadavpur University, Calcutta. She writes about Education News, Information , announcement From calcutta.