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@BCUSD201 vs. @StuffOnMyRabbit

posted Sep 12, 2013, 10:07 AM by School Publications

Social media has become an enormous part of our lives, and no group feels its impact more than students of the United States. According to Online Education, 96% of young adults use Facebook for personal use, while one in three use Twitter for educational purposes. There's no doubt that internet interaction has a huge impact on the lives of students, but what's less clear is whether this encounter has been harmful or helpful. Social networks can affect study habits, grades, and extracurricular activities. These websites can have an impact on emotions, self esteem, and how a student views oneself.

Studies show that students who use Facebook more, study less. Ditching Facebook would give a pupil more time to focus on homework and tests. When one tries to multi-task by combining socializing and studying, they can find themselves becoming easily distracted.  When focusing on homework alone, you have a twenty percent higher grade than those who are consistently on the seductive web pages which are consuming America’s teens.  Facebook is a problem when it becomes more important than your school work.  As a result, stop checking your notifications, and hit the books to get that A!

Nonetheless, students feel connected to the world through social media. Social networking can be addicting which causes some teenagers to feel very anxious, extremely antsy, and miserable when not being able to connect to their favorite sites. The obsession known as, "Facebook Addiction", is searched on Google 350 times more than the habit of "Cigarette Addiction". Students are staying current with news because of social media, but if they ever unplug, it hurts. Young adults have made the internet a part of their everyday routine. Updating Facebook profiles, or tweeting about daily actions tends to boost a teenager's self esteem even more than looking in the mirror. Many students feel more self confidence when they see their classmates going through the same problems they are.

Social media is great for certain aspects of high school and terrible for others, but it doesn't have to be this way. Internet interaction has become a vital part of life, and schools need to know how to use it to their advantage. Brownstown High School has the Twitter account, @BCUSD201, that students, parents, and community members can follow to get updates on school events, extracurricular activities, and school dismissals. On the other hand, students might waste their time following Twitter accounts such as @StuffOnMyRabbit, where a pet owner places random objects on the top of his bunny's head and posts daily photos for humor. Do not clutter your newsfeed with sophomoric material only. Instead, follow accounts that contribute to your education and try to find a balance.

by Addison Cage