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Friday, January 7, 2011

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Sarah Sceery
Friday, January 7, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Facebook

Has Facebook gotten the best of you? Like many others in the world of social media today, people spend excessive amounts of time online…and I’m more than willing to admit that I’m one of them. An article published by the UMASS student newspaper, highlighted an important study completed by mtvU and the Jed Foundation based on social media and the impact on students mental health. The study found that “90% of college students sampled said they visited at least one social networking website in the past week”…never mind the past few hours. Another 70% also stated that they have had some form of texting argument…something else many people have fallen victim to in the world of technology.

Online communication and Facebook have become the most common form of communication among young people and is becoming increasingly popular among adults as well. There are many benefits to this type of technology and social networking including, communication and accessibility. However, there are also negative connotations associated with this form of communication; one being the increased time spent on the internet and the increased effect on stress. As the study stated, “1/3rd of students were online for more than six hours in a day.” Granted, in the world of technology today, almost everything is online including, work for classes, reports, research etc. However, as a student myself, I can guarantee that much of those six hours were contributed to distractions and procrastination. When I’m doing work or typically during the day, I go on Facebook as a distraction. In doing so, like many students, I’m putting off my work…only to lead to more stress in the long run.

Although it can be a good thing for other reasons and may serve as a reprieve from doing work for some, social media can actually have an increased effect on stress levels, by taking away from priorities. For most students and adults who feel they spend too much time online or are easily distracted, here are a few helpful hints for to stay connected but limit your distractions:

  • If you’re work does not involve a computer, don’t sit at a desk where you have access to the computer or internet (it doesn’t matter how comfortable the Dimond Library computer cluster chairs are)
  • Make lists- list out your priorities for the day, week, or even the month. Lists can help you to stay on track and can be your best friend in helping you get through stressful situations (plus it’s a great feeling to cross things off the list when they’re completed)
  • Set limits for yourself- decide times when you can take a break and times when you should only focus on your work

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