Social Media Procrastination

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People often put off important tasks, whether it’s something easy or challenging, until the last minute. It’s not something to be proud of, but it’s not something that one can easily overcome. As most know, procrastination, according to the online Cambridge Dictionary, is the act of delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring. Although many dawdle due to psychological factors, more people, especially students, now find themselves being drawn to ongoing distractions from advancing technology and easy access to social media platforms that are affecting GPAs, sleep patterns, and general health. Technology was initially developed to help individuals to be more efficient with their tasks. It was a way for them …show more content…

Apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and Buzzfeed can cause a decrease in the overall products of students’ works and an increase in the amount of time needed to complete the product because of the incessant notifications that show up on an individual’s screen every five minutes. In a 2011 study conducted by Wade Jacobsen and Renata Forste on “Academic and Social Outcomes of Electronic Media Use Among College Students,” they concluded from more than 1,000 undergraduates that 2.45 hours are spent on the internet, and an hour is usually spent watching television. High school students spend roughly about 2.3 hours on technology and media everyday, and as new media platforms come out, more time is spent on them. The temptations of answering someone or looking at who liked your picture on Instagram causes great disruptions in studying and workplaces. When a student’s final product is not up to the standards or is incomplete, it can severely affect their grades in school. Jacobsen and Forste found a negative correlation between media exposure and academic performance. They reasoned from student report results that for every hour of media exposure, GPA decreased 0.05 to 0.07 points. When the time for productivity is wasted on social media and technology, the consequences of the substandard …show more content…

A student that was interviewed in Morford’s article (2014) remarked that “social media is definitely the easiest, most convenient form of procrastination. But if it wasn’t that, it would be something else. I once taught myself how to do a handstand.” Procrastination is a human’s way to cope with the emotions of stress, self-confidence, and other emotions, and it is hard to break a habit that you have kept up with since

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