Facebook is a social networking site that has over 900 million active users worldwide. More than 85 % of college students partake in these 900 million Facebook users and are counted in the 41% of users who log in every day.
The social networking site that was first launched in February 2004 and has made a major hit to the users of the internet, not only in young teens. Facebook is used by people up to the ages of 80 or older. It is generally used to keep in contact with friends and family. A lot of parents have pride in showing what they have become and the families they have raised and see Facebook as a great way to do it, others are travellers and see it as a way to keep in touch and some just find it easier to keep in touch with friends and family through Facebook. Facebook is a useful device for these things as you can update nearly everywhere you go using a mobile device. You can post pictures easily and ‘check in’ to let everyone know how you are and what you are doing.
Teenagers are somewhat addicted to Facebook and with the mobile application can stay connected all day. This to teenager’s sounds like a good thing but it is proven to be affecting their education and studies. In class students sit on their phone on Facebook posting about how “they hate this class” or “some girl next to me just picked her nose, lol rank” and are not paying their full attention to the class. At home students will begin to start assignments and will be pulled in to the trap of Facebook. Most students do not even know that they are doing it but after a while will work out they are on Facebook rather than doing their homework. This affects the grades of the students because their attention is not fully on their assignment which lets them down.
Professor Swarndeep Gill made a statement about how many of his students have been sucked into Facebook and how it is affecting their grades. The professor is concerned for his students because they are spending way too much time on different social networking sites rather than doing assignments.
“College is not easy and takes a great deal of focus, “Gill said. “There is little room for the distractions of Facebook when you want good grades.”
I can agree with this statement, being a college student myself who also used Facebook. Facebook is such a distracting social networking site and once you begin you don’t stop. I find it difficult to complete many assignments with the distraction of Facebook. I also agree that the years we spend at college are probably the most important years of our lives and that we need to spend less time on Facebook and more time studying, because our college results is what will follow us for the rest of our lives. This however is easier said than done.