Impacts of social media on students

By Parvathi Sreeraj, Junior reporter for the Light House

Phubbing, over-sharenting and trending are some among the many words that remind us of the pleasure we get with our phones, in the end of the day. Social media is a huge platform, which can have a major impact on one’s daily lives. It can make, or even break a person. But the results of using this platform lies entirely in our hands.

In fact, Social media is now that place, where we get together to celebrate occasions like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, and of course, the recent Valentine’s Day. Many of us had a week-long red feed, when we browsed through our accounts, to find people wishing each other ‘Valentine’s Day’! And then there are this group of people, who dress up, and hold up a random red book and update their status with ‘With my Valentine!’. And then everyone is on a mission to acquire their share of virtual compliments.

To judge the effect of social media at IHS, a few members of The Lighthouse peeped into the lives of grade 9 and 10 girls.

We went to classrooms and asked all the students to rise. Further, we asked the students to sit down, as we called out the names of social networking sites, if they possessed a working account in these websites, and did spent a decent amount of time in these sites, daily.

The results of this polling revealed that a shocking 92.12% students out of the 400 reviewed students were regular users of various social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, among many others, and they did claim that it effected their results.

When asked, the students were aware of the emotional and psychological effects of falling prey to the addiction that comes with the baggage, but were reluctant to close down their accounts.

The Internet world is an interconnection of various kinds of people, and one should be careful when using it. Better be careful, than be sorry late on. Its all at your fingertips!

About the Reporter:
Parvathi Sreeraj is a Junior reporter for the Light House.
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