Students Discuss Benefits Of Limiting Social Media Usage
By Kelly Marmo
In the midst of spring semester, many Lynn students have chosen to log out of their social media accounts. For some, the move allows them to place more focus on their studies, while others are simply seeking to maintain a more personal lifestyle without the views of outsiders.
Since 2005, social media platforms have steadily grown to consume the lives of students through the obsession of liking, sharing and commenting in online communities. Per the Pew Research Center, nearly 70% of Americans use social media frequently each day. Some college students are noticing the effects of social media and choosing to limit the time they spend in online sharing.
“I choose to not use social media during the day because it disconnects me from the environment around me,” said Dylan McGuckin, junior. “If I do find myself using social media, it is at night when I am hanging out at home.”
Many students have come to realize social media platforms can deter them from their classwork. Especially with the modern topics being addressed throughout most courses, it can be difficult to stop using social media platforms altogether when in today’s classroom.
“During more stressful times like finals or midterms week, I like to lessen my time on social media so I can focus,” said Erica Migoya, junior. “For example, I tend to delete my Snapchat [account] because this is a social media outlet that distracts me most.”
Others have indicated they have chosen to give up social media due to the negative impact it leaves. While it may be used by individuals to connect and collaborate, some have seen how these platforms can cause a disconnect in a user’s personal life.
“Some of my closest friends will delete their social media accounts for several months at a time,” said Migoya. “It is nice to disconnect from the social media world when you are trying to focus on yourself and ignoring outside voices.”
While social media continues to grow in use, students seem to be battling the trend with a movement of their own. The choice to keep or delete these accounts may seem overwhelming for users, but the associated benefits of taking a step away from social media make it a conversation worth having.