Online social networking is no excuse

Today, teenagers all over the world, including the students here at SWCTA, use online social networking websites, preventing them from doing their work.

All I ever hear students talk about is how school is so difficult and how teachers give us too much homework. Hearing these statements every single day by the same people astounds me.  These students, who constantly complain, are the ones who seem to have the words “online now” tattooed next to their profile pictures.

School would definitely not be as hard as these students perceive it to be if they did what they were assigned.  Last time I checked, MySpace was not written on the board underneath “homework.”

According to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, “more than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites.”

Students here and all over the valley go on social networking websites daily; some are even on twenty-four seven, thanks to mobile access on their cell phones.

“Right when I get home I go online,” Tyler Ferrer, sophomore, stated.

Many students are constantly worn out every day, because they were up all night doing homework. For a lot of these students, that is due to the fact they spent all afternoon on the Internet.

Surrendering your time by going online every time you are by a computer, talking about it while not on, and going online on your cell phone when away from a desktop computer are all terrible habits that give students a reason to procrastinate.

Students all over the globe should be spending more time on their education rather than on online social networking.

These websites make it impossible for kids to prioritize their time correctly.  I would say that many parents do not even know that most of the time their children spend on the computer is not for educational purposes.

Although addicting, these websites should not be banned because of the joy and easy method of communication they bring to our generation. Though if they do stay, changes among the students’ time management and organization skills must change.

To do so, students should change their habits by investing in a planner or calendar and by taking at least five minutes each day to organize what they need to do before the next school day. Once they have done this, they should begin to work on what is most important first, which should usually be their schoolwork.

Teens must be responsible for themselves and not rely on others to tell them to do their work; however, it would not hurt if parents limited their child’s time on the computer.

Kids do not realize the damage they are causing on their education by sitting at home all day in front of the computer. In order to change this, teens need to realize the reality of the matter and try to organize their time more efficiently.