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Social networking distracts students

Farren Barnett, Guest Contributor

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It all started with Myspace. But Myspace quickly became a fad, and Facebook became the new thing. Now, Facebook is drab, and Twitter is fab. People used to want to know what sparked one’s interest, but now, it’s all about what is on one’s Pinterest. Gradually, social networking has started to take over the lives of teenagers.

The quality and production of student’s homework suffers due to social networking. A student takes a quick two minute peek at Facebook, just to check the latest status, and instantly, they are sucked in. Two minutes turn to ten, and before they know it, they have spent an hour “creeping” on their friends, browsing the newest photos uploaded, and even playing games.

“I tend to get distracted. I will go to the computer to do my homework, and think, ‘Oh, I can just get on Facebook for a few minutes,’ and then, my homework does not get done,” junior Megan Hodge said.

Hodge is not the only one to be distracted by social networking websites.

“If you get on Facebook or other social networking websites, it is not hard to get too involved in it and completely forget about your homework,” freshman Yasmin Wheat said.

Teachers sending students to SchoolTown does not help the matter.

“When a teacher sends me to SchoolTown, I spend about two minutes actually on SchoolTown, and fifteen on Tumblr,” freshman Taylor Todd said.

Some parents find Facebook and other sites to be non-beneficial to their children, believing it only hurts teenagers.

“I think social networking makes it harder for kids to focus on their homework. They are interrupted constantly with notifications, and it is really hard for them to actually get their homework done,” parent Aimee Cross said.

However, some teachers have different opinions regarding social networking. They believe there are two sides.

“On one side, social networking is a distraction to students. Instead of doing their homework, they would rather spend their time on the computer talking to their friends or getting on Facebook,” English teacher Katherine Harrison said.

However, Harrison also believes that there are some benefits to social networking.

“If students do not understand an assignment, they can easily get on Facebook and shoot a message to a classmate,” Harrison said.

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