Facebook Interfering with Academic Success

by Ayse Dincsalman

An overdose of Facebook could lead to academic death. Image via Photobucket.

An overdose of Facebook could lead to academic death. Image via Photobucket.

Since the application has been available to her on the Iphone, Nicole Benecasa, a physical education major on campus, checks her Facebook 10 times a day. She does not stand alone.

Facebook, the social networking system has impacted student’s lives and is even causing a lack of concentration with academics. Some students are admitting that they have become habitual Facebook users.

Some students are greatly impacted by Facebook that it gets in the way of their everyday lives. It allows for instant communication to everyone around the world. This sounds like a pretty sweet deal right?

The idea of social networking is a rather new invention, however, the new and improved universal invention of Facebook has taken over. Cell phones are already a must with this generation, and now the social networking system is just a phone click away.

The Facebook frenzy is popular amongst people of all ages, and the system allows students to connect on a college to college based network. For instance, when students give or receive a friend request they can instantly see what college the other belongs to. Students that have never seen each other in person can become quite friendly on the site. This was meant to be a way for college kids to connect and share thoughts, now it seems the whole world has been taken by storm.

So what exactly is it that is so enjoyable about this site?

“It just gives you so much access to people’s lives. You can get in touch with someone you have not seen in years and see their pictures, it’s just fun,” said Shannon Barkey, a pre-med student and Facebook user.

“I really don’t know why I like it so much, but I am definitely addicted. Most of the time I forget to do homework because I’m so wrapped up on Facebook playing Mafia Wars,” said Erik Thomas.

Since the launch of Facebook in February 2004, they’ve been able to obtain over 8 million users in the U.S. alone and expand worldwide to 7 other English-speaking countries. It is a growing phenomenon that has spread wide and fast, like an epidemic that won’t die down.

Brian McFadden, A human communications professor at Ammerman applies Facebook in his lessons. McFadden claims that although Facebook is a communication network, the gestures on the site contradict classic ways of socializing. For example, writing on someone’s wall is ok on Facebook but you would not actually do that in real life. Essential communication factors such as facial expression, vocal tone, and body language are all lacking on this popular site. People do not grasp the full idea of communicating, once they become a member of the site.

Can this site get in the way of human communication?

“I really have a hard time believing that Facebook can get in the way of our communication skills. We already learned how to communicate, that’s not something you forget,” said Lisa Alteri, a physical fitness student here on campus.

Will this ever slow down amongst students? Can Facebook addicts make it without rehabilitation? The way things are looking, it seems this one is here to stay.

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