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Final Paper for CSCE 101
Every coin has two sides! A head and a tail, Similarly Social Networking has its own pros and cons. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many others are playing major part in a person’s life. Social Networking has become a major part of people’s life to stay connected to their Family and Friends. The world is globalizing every day and in this world of 21st century where a whole a lot is changing and is getting computerized, Social Networking is leaving an impact on people and their lives. People use Social Networking for various reasons, to stay connected with the family and friends, to meet and know new people sharing the similar interest like theirs and some of them use it for advertising.
Let’s talk about the disadvantages of social networking before talking about its advantages. Social Networking can be an addictive habit for kids and students. Results have shown that students who are heavy social networking users tend to have lower grades. School children’s who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 compared to the students who did not use social networking had an average GPA of 3.82. Results also showed that students who used social networking while studying scored 20% lower on their tests (1). Two thirds of the teaching staff believes that the use of social networking diverts a student’s attention from studies rather than helping them out (1).
Social networking also lures a user to waste time on non-important things. I myself have being a social networking user and it surely does NOT help anyone to learn new stuff. Social networking is made to stay connected with your old friends and family members and people with similar interest, but cannot meet cause of geographical location and limitations. But, people are using social network in a wrong way. A study done by www.socialnetwoking.procon.org website found out that 40% of children between the ages 8 to 18 spent at least 54 minutes per day on social networking websites. 36% of the people who took the survey listed social networking as “the biggest waste of time.” It took almost two hours for a normal person to get back into their original task after being on social networking website (2). Social networking websites have “online chatting” option where people can talk to each other without being face to face. Studies showed that people spend more time ‘chatting’ than talking face-to-face.
Social media usage also affects a person especially students mental illness! Social networking can increase feelings of dis-connect and higher risk of feeling Stressed, Depression and feeling Low in confidence. Children’s have a habit of comparing stuff with others and to learn or to adapt the...