Future of teenager and students addicted to Facebook

Facebook has changed the way people communicate and interact. It has become the largest social networking website in the world within a short time. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in February 2004 when he was in Harvard University. He associated Andrew McCollum, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz, his roommates and fellow students in creating this social media site.
From Harvard University, the website spread to other educational institutions in the Boston area, such as Stanford University and the Ivy League. The popularity continued to increase and the rule that anyone above 13 years old could join Facebook attracted the global population. According to available data, the active users of Facebook exceeded one billion in September 2012, though it is believed that nearly 8.7% of the accounts are fake accounts.

World’s giant social networking site Facebook has crossed one billionth customer mark few months ago. This staggering figure leaves many academic experts wondering about how many students could be on Facebook? There are few reasons for their concern and some of them cannot just be discarded as baseless fears. Also, the findings from the psychologists on the Facebook usage too are in support of these concerns.

Till a decade back, television and video games were considered to be the major distracters for the students. Movies, drugs and other ways of entertainment too were contributing towards the students’ lack of concentration on studies. But the diversion being caused by internet in general and social networking websites in particular is much more than the combined power of all other distractions. This finding has been made evident from the internet user stats examined by an American university.

Another team of psychologists has undertaken a study to probe into the reasons that force the students to hook on to the online discussion forums and networking websites. One of reasons that were found is the negligence by the parents towards their adolescent children. In pursuit of earning money or to bolster their career, most of the parents are not imparting enough attention towards the kids. Such isolation is dragging them to find solace in online relationships.

The social networking that starts on a low key of creating an account and posting few status updates or images will gain the momentum up on receiving few likes and compliments. The identity created by the social network would instigate the teens to go for more and thus they would start diverting their attention more towards the “Like”, “Share” and “Tags” than their academic studies.

The recent study carried out by University of California hinted that there is a paradigm shift in the behavioral patterns of the students who spend hours and hours on Facebook or such social networking site. It is further observed that such students have scored poorly in their examination, though their earlier performances were spotless.
Experts advise the parents to pay enough attention towards their growing kids, to spend meaningful time with them and support them in all possible ways.