Social media: con

Cali Hudson, Reporter

Social media detox, something you all should try.

Don’t get me wrong, social media has many perks. You’re able to see exactly where your friends are on Snap Map, the occasional funny Snapchat story, the never-ending political controversies on Twitter, and our elders get to tag us in every “relatable” Facebook post. Oh yeah and the most recent (fabricated) Instagrams of others’ picture perfect lives.

As the new semester starts, a break from social media may be in your best interest. A social media detox will help you stay focused and get the grades you want this semester.

Social media distracts students from homework and eats away study time without realizing it. In the 10 minutes it took you to watch those Snapchat stories, you could have finished at least half an assignment that has been missing for two weeks. In the 15 minutes you spent watching YouTube videos, you could have studied for one of the tests you were so ¨unprepared for¨ and ¨knew nothing¨ about.

The ability to communicate behind a computer screen is taking this generation’s social skills out of reach and replacing it with iPhones and apps. Adolescents are more likely to be comforted by tweeting their feelings instead of talking about them.

Social media wastes more of your life than you realize. An Educational Leadership study proved that every time a user is notified of social media activity, it can take about 20-25 minutes to return to the original task. Don’t do that. Don’t waste those 25 minutes of your life looking at social media when you could be doing much more important things.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any feelings of targeting initiated by this article because I am most likely more guilty than all of you.