Is Using Social Media a Waste of Time?
Facebook, Instagram and other social networks are positioning themselves as pleasant place where people from all over the world can come together, but in fact, they are creating tools that make us spend more and more time there. It doesn’t look so scary as long as you don’t think that spending more time “there” will minimize your time “here” – in a place where you can be not a passive consumer of information but a creator of something valuable.
Currently, social networks have become an integral part of the lives of a huge number of people. And some regular users have a definite dependence on this time of spending. A large part of all registered accounts belongs to children aged five years and older. Unfortunately, not all parents relate to such an important factor as control over the time a child spends on the Internet, including social networks. But a child’s psyche is much more flexible than an adult’s, and the harm caused by constant visits to social networks can be quite large for a child.
Of course, the very regular presence in front of the monitor for several hours cannot have a good effect on the well-being and health of the child. Firstly, this is a great burden on vision; secondly, due to an incorrect position, problems with posture and spine may arise, and, thirdly, depreciation of physical activity leads to a general weakening of the body, as a result of which immunity suffers, and, as a result, all sorts of viruses and diseases begin to adhere to the child.
Do not forget that, in addition to ordinary people who spend time on social networks in order to chat with school friends, watch interesting pictures or videos and play games, there are also those who hide their real faces, posing as fictitious names and providing information about knowingly false information. But among such users, there may be maniacs and perverts. They can introduce themselves as childhood friends of the child’s parents, neighbours, parents of classmates and make an appointment, promising to give a gift for his parents, warning that they do not need to know about this, as this is a surprise. And this is not an isolated example of luring children into the clutches of criminals.
The next danger is the detachment of the child from the real world. After all, it is much easier to communicate with peers on a social network. A child can acquire skills of live communication only in real life. And if he spends more time in conversations via Internet messages, then very shortly, he may have problems communicating with classmates and friends in the yard. Also, one of the consequences of a constant presence in social networks is a decrease in concentration. In other words, it becomes difficult for a child to focus his gaze on one object (for example, reading a book) since, in a social network, he constantly has to shift his attention from one object to another.