A social working site is defined as a website where people can make their online profiles and can interact with their friends and family like they do in their real life. The media seems to control the way people are and how they interact with others. Social networking gives individuals the ability to feel free and open about things. Social networking has greatly impacted society, especially when it comes down to common sites such as face book, my space, or even twitter. It has been noticed to have both a negative and positive effect on society. Although social networks can have good and positive effect on people but unfortunately it has plenty of negative effects on students.

Some bad aspects of social website:

Through reports its evaluated that social networking sites has formed a new kind of addiction which we call the "social media addiction" and it is quite true in using Facebook,twitter,hi5 etc. Are you addicted to Facebook? Twitter? hi5? (etc.) Some students would say "yes" and some would say "no". It depends on the level of cravings. But it was found that a lot of students are by now addicted to it, to the extent that their school performance is affected. Children who spend much of their time online find it harder to focus in class and have short attention span, researchers have found it out through the samples that 7 out of 10 teachers said that their students are becoming addicted with social websites such as Facebook or twitter. Their students tend to study while using Facebook or twitter and it shows that they got 20% lower grades. Social sites using students even perform study related task without completion for the reason that they spend more time looking on their updates about their friends and look up for their notifications rather than finishing their school tasks.

Aside that Facebook affects student’s academic performance; it also has an effect on student’s emotional health. Students feel connected to others but study shows that they manifest depression through seeing their status updates. Some would utilize the site to express what they feel towards their rival in school or even outside the campus. They would blurt out through posting status that would target their opponent just to hurt their feelings.

  1. Teenagers who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies while young adults who have a strong Facebook presence show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies.
  2. Daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems.
  3. Facebook and other sites can be very distracting for students and can impact negatively on their learning, reports have proved that the students who check their Facebook or social account at least once is a study time of 15 minutes has scored lower grades in their studies.

For sure there can be many other reasons for a student’s inattention in studies. But somehow social networks like Facebook, Orkut, Twitter etc. have a negative impact on the education of some students. Facebook could make students vain for better or for worse and it is the parent’s duty to watch and guide their children to get the utmost good benefits from Social websites.

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