Facebook: a diversion, or an addiction?
Who hasn’t quickly accessed Facebook when our teachers face their defenseless backs to us? As we KISians always use our laptops during class, we tend to get distracted and tempted to sneak a peek at our barely refreshed newsfeed. Despite the “No Facebook rule” at our school, it’s simply impossible to block the students from visiting the notorious site.
Facebook is a great way to socialize. We can upload all sorts of photos, chat with friends, and stay up-to-date with the latest news. For example, Student Council uses their own Facebook page to update students about upcoming events such as pep rallies. Clubs, sports teams, and even AP classes in our school also have their own Facebook group in order to post their schedules, plans, important dates, announcements, and so on.
Nearly everyone in the entire school uses Facebook to communicate and access information; therefore, it just makes a great platform for countless things. Forgot when the test is? Ask your friend on Facebook. It’s more likely they’ll chat back, rather than when you call them on their phone. Need to promote a school event held next week? Announce it on the KIS group page, where almost the entire high school student body is a member.
Lisa Han (‘17) mentions it’s a great website for communicating, because it’s so mainstream. You are guaranteed a response because somebody is always online, on the other side of the screen, which is quite reassuring.
However, not everything about Facebook is beneficial to improving our lives at KIS. Simply put by Stacy Jo (‘17), “It’s certainly distracting.” When’s the last time you hated yourself because you kept on putting back the one assignment you had to finish, until it was two in the morning? Certainly not that long ago.
Procrastination is a major – if not the biggest – enemy of students, and Facebook definitely does not help the situation. With the endless entertainment you receive from one website, it’s so hard not to close the tab. After all, what’s so great about an English essay due in approximately eight hours, when you could be browsing Vines on Facebook? The small “break” you take during your “study time” ends up lasting an hour, which will most likely not please your teacher when you present him/her with a blank sheet of paper in the morning.
Facebook, just like anything else, has it’s pros and cons. It can actually corrupt you if you’re on it too long, procrastinating school work. However, it can also help you in terms of communicating with your peers from school.
In the end, balancing your time on Facebook is the key. While abstaining could mean missing important announcements, being on it 24/7 means you’ll never get anything done. Reward yourself with Facebook after you get all of your homework done! (Now I’ll go back to scrolling through my newsfeed…casually not thinking about the math test I have tomorrow, oops.)
– Leona Maruyama (’17)
Header: Daniel Park (’17)