The Negative Effect Of Social Media

Everyone’s like sheep on social media; like, one person starts making noise, and everyone’s like, ‘Hey, yeah!’ and then you got a whole bunch of people making noise at you,” by Earl Sweatshirt is true to life. Ever realised the impact of social media? Surely, I did. Not only did I realised, but I experienced the harsh wave of social media hitting terrifically. There comes a time when it becomes hard to resist the urge to use interactive platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Moreover, in a situation where we all are stuck at home. Well, these had a bad effect on my studies, do you want to know how?

Whenever I felt bored or had nothing to do, I pick up my phone and start scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. I did not expect myself to divert my mind to social media instead of studying. Though being busy, social media attracted me to binge. I used to share many Instagram stories, make unnecessary dance videos, pose pictures on Snapchat, chatted with people a lot and got on video calls. While doing this, neither did I pay focus on my studies nor other activities. It got me distracted, and I started to lose my concentration on my studies. A few days later, my mother started getting calls from teachers saying that “Your child’s mind is diverted from the past few days”. My mother started to regret whatever she had done for me, and I began to reflect on my mistake. My phone was confiscated only for one day, and I started focusing more on productive working, which felt a lot better and wise.

I started writing articles and coding a few things and started focusing more n the projects, assignments and syllabus given to me. I regretted not paying focus on everything, realising they were all so fun and exciting. I would say being productive and wise is the best key to success, along with practice—an experience I would love to share so that you don’t repeat the same mistake I did. “I used to love studying and still do, but ever since I started to use social platforms, all my hard work went to waste and had gotten worse. I started to realise that none of the social media is going to help in my future, but studies will make me progress; I started to reflect on every mistake of mine.”

Many ways helped me come back on track, and productive work, focus and interest are a few of them. “If I did not pay focus now then, I would never achieve anything” is my new motto.                   - Sneha Jalan