Swear off social media

Social media can be a harmless and easy way to keep track of friends, family and news.
Swear off social media
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Social media can be a harmless and easy way to keep track of friends, family and news. It can also be addictive and invasive and can breed bad behaviour that can damage relationships. The mistake many students make is that rather than turning to books they take to Facebook. Recently, I walked to a colleague of mine to ask for the solution to a problem. I knew that she had solutions to it. I walked up to her and asked if she could help me with her knowledge. But I was shocked when she replied that she knew the answer but wanted me to post the same question on Facebook. She went ahead to claim that she will be the only commenter to answer it correct. But was not going to offer me any help on paper. This is one instance. There is a trend growing among students. They love to socialize and love it on social sites. You will often find them on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or any of those other social sites. This trend is killing the studying habit of students. It is saddening that the time that should have been used for gainful studying is wasted on feckless chit-chat. It is very disturbing that the internet which should have been used for research and further studies is being wasted on unprofitable communication. I am not saying social media sites are altogether bad. They are good for communication when it is well managed. But you have to have a time for them. You have to know when and how to use them. The problem with students however is that they get carried away. 

In today's information savvy society, one would ask "Is it possible to do without social sites?" the  question I'd ask in reply is "why not?" You can practically manage how you use this medium. Think about the negative effects of drug addiction, the recurrent diseases and the stigma that comes with them. You can as well think of social media in that light especially if it cuts into your study time. You have a great future that shouldn't be controlled by the whims of the social media. You can manage to do without it for now till you are through with academic work.

For many users, the distractions and manipulations of social media are still worth it for keeping up with friends and family. But it's still wise to exercise control. Typically, people deactivate their Facebook accounts rather than completely deleting them — a bit like a couple taking a "break" rather than breaking up. One option you can choose when deactivating, in fact, is:  "This is temporary. I'll be back."

(Gowhar Naz is pursuing Master's in Disaster Management at university of kashmir and hails from Sogam Lolab)

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