As students sit down to do their homework, many will find themselves spending those first few minutes on social media, maybe a half hour, then maybe 45 minutes later you decide to actually open a book. These websites seem to be much more interesting than the exam you have coming up.
Oh Facebook, you are known to keep students from hours of studying. There are Facebook chats, pictures being uploaded of everyone’s weekend to creep and Facebook statuses, some of which are about being on Facebook instead of getting work done. Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February of 2004 — originally made for college students to stay connected — now has over 1 billion users all over the world. Some students make an effort to deactivate their Facebook, so they are more focused on their schoolwork. “I can actually study and made myself realize how much time I wasted on Facebook. It’s amazing how much more you get done,” junior business major, Nicole Simi, said.
Twitter can bring endless entertainment, the way Facebook does. The 140 character limit creates a feed of endless random thoughts. Some are from people, students or general accounts with common interests, such as ISU sports or accounts for certain clubs. One of the biggest attractions Twitter offers is being able to connect with celebrities and major figures. People are able to communicate with their favorite celebrity and keep up with what they are doing, occasionally being acknowledged by that celebrity in return. “Keeping up with the social world can sometimes appear to be more important than schoolwork,” junior elementary major, Shannon Zierk, said.
More recently, the app Vine has become popular, where students, myself included, waste time watching random videos created by people, usually for a good laugh. Some are embarrassing moments caught on camera, others are clips of situations that many people can relate to. Vine has even extended into “Best Vines” Facebook pages. Now, Vine too has certain accounts that post with similar interests such as ’90s memories or sports clips. With the phone app being easily accessible, and being on Twitter and Facebook as well, Vine can easily become a distraction for students.
Pinterest is a site that started in 2010 and is a way for people to “pin” almost anything onto virtual boards. Pins will contain an image that could be as simple as a quote, or may lead to different links and blogs. Students will get caught up in Pinterest, finding things that pertain to their interest or different ideas that they suddenly want to try. One second you are scrolling down the different boards, the next you find a great DIY project, and now you’re looking up supplies. Next thing you know your paper isn’t started yet and it is 10 p.m.
Founded in 2005, it has more recently become a popular site amongst people. Reddit is a site for news and entertainment stories. There are pages of links that may lead to humorous pictures, different theories or up-to-date news stories. People can make an account with Reddit and scroll through these different links and upload their own stories, images, etc. The more people view and enjoy your link, the higher up it will move on the list. There are lists at the top of “hot,” “rising,” “controversial,” “new” and “top.” Reddit can quickly become addicting from wanting your link to work its way to the top, reading comments on different theories or reading about new perspectives on various topics.