Today’s world is a global village. Everyone is connected to one another in this vast network generated by the internet. As said by Marshall McLuhan, a philosopher of communication theory, “the new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of the global village.” This electronic independence is inherently dependent upon the internet. It illuminates the lives of thousands of people by spreading knowledge internationally, thereby making us global citizens.
In the past, the communicating and free sharing of thoughts among people were restricted by long-distance, nationality and/or religion. But, now these barriers cannot stop the flow of information and knowledge. The new world of social networking allows free sharing of thoughts. Online social networks are created by websites such as Facebook, which has emerged as a giant in this social world. So, how do these networks affect our education?
How social media influence the lives of students??
Humans are social animals. We always like to remain in some group or another, and we prefer to follow what this group does. All of the traditions and cultures are the products of this group-oriented facet of human nature. A well-known American physiologist, “Abraham Maslow” stated in his “Theory of motivation” that the social need of human beings is the third most important requirement after our physical and safety needs-the third tier in his hierarchy of needs. This is the main reason billions of people use social networking to stay connected, make friends and satisfy their social needs.
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As of 2015 the world’s largest social networking company, Facebook has 1.49 billion active users, and the number of users is increasing every year. One of the most interesting things to look at is the increasing number of student users on such social networking sites.
A survey conducted by Pew Research center.
The 72 percent of high school and 78 percent of college students spend most of their time on…..
- What’s app
- Instagram etc…
These numbers indicate how much the student’s community is involved in this virtual world of social networking.
Actually, many reasons exist that explain why students love to spend time socializing. Firstly, social networks provide them the freedom to do whatever they want-to upload what they want and talk to whom they want. They like to make new friends and comment on the lives of different people. Students can create online identities that the real world does not allow. The freedom it gives them to act just by sitting in front of a computer enthralls them, and they then demand more freedom. Never before has it been so easy for young minds to create a digital image of their actions through such a spontaneous medium.
Bad impacts of social media.
- The darker side of social media that has gained the attention of many parents, and even eminent physiologists, all over the world.
- One of the biggest problems is the identity crises contrast social media networking produces.
- As said by professor “S Shyam Sunder”…….
“The types of actions users take and the kinds of information they are adding to their profiles are a reflection of their identities.”
- The lives of people, especially students, are largely influenced by what is posted by other people on their profiles.
How social media influences a student’s mood?
Our students have become prone to frequent fluctuations in mood and self-control. If one of a student’s friends posted about his parent’s relationship with someone, then other friends are pressed to do the same thing. Actions like that attract more public attention hold more value, even despite some of them being immoral or illegal. We even see that many students are worried about their looks, and so they always try to upload nicer pictures than their friends, or they continuously do and they always waste their time. A recent survey stated that whenever someone uploads a profile picture, it immediately affects the modes of friends. It often produces stress on student’s mind and they always feel fear about their looks, friends or relations with people. Consistently thinking in this way can sometimes lead to depression.
Addiction or bad habits can be developed by social media….
Getting too involved in social media can lead to an addiction that inculcates bad habits. Students prefer to chat with friends for many hours, or this leads to a waste of time that could have been used for studying, playing or learning new skills. It is often said, that a long term friendship, is developed when people meet each other, spend time and share their experiences. But this virtual way of communicating with each other does not lead to a natural, friendly experience and hence cannot produce a healthy relationship with those friends. Also, these relationships, tend to terminate easily due to a lack of personal contact.
This system generates the competition to make as many new friends as possible and the so-called “social question” of a person is decided by how many friends they have and not on how good-natured and congenial the person really is. Often students who are not old enough to accurately analyze the world “like” or comment on social or political issues, and this leads sometimes too serious controversies.
Considering all the above pros and cons, it is necessary to develop certain regulations over the use of such social networking sites, especially for high school and college students. But, still, students should get the choice to spend time socializing in an effective way. It should not hamper their school and college performance, and it should be kept in mind that social networking sites create virtual worlds that drastically differ from reality. Students should develop the cognitive and intuitive ability to analyze how much time they want to spend on social media. It is left up to the students to decide what really matters in their life and how much of this virtual life translates to real life.