In addition to chatting with friends and stalking others, checking out trending hashtags, viral videos and cool filters… a lot of the student fraternity can live their life on social media fairly much. Keeping track of messages, likes and shares is a time-consuming job and no one appears to notice the quantity of time and space invested in it.
Interestingly, the 2018 Kantar’s Icube Report disclosed that mobile penetration (defined as someone using mobile internet from any mobile phone at least once in the last 30 days) among learners aged 15-18 years is 77%, whereas it is 84% among young adults aged 19-24. However, the numbers are only growing. In view of this, there is no denying that social media is here to remain and its access through different devices. While educators and parents try to wean their wards off the virtual world, learners express their views on the same thing at least during examinations.
Want high ratings, then take no opportunity on social media, say toppers Hansika Shukla, Bengaluru’s CBSE Class 12 exam toper, who made headlines with her 499 out of 500 marks, blamed social media for losing out on that one mark to get her 100% outcomes. “Yes, there is one mark!”On the day of the outcomes, she informed journalists. “If I had focused more on research rather than wasting time chatting or playing online games, I might not have missed that one mark,” she said.
For Jeffin Biju, who appeared as a joint topper at the Karnataka CBSE Class 12 exams, getting there was everything about focus and commitment. Unlike most of his colleagues, Jeffin has disclosed that he is not active on social media platforms and thinks that this has helped him distract him. For learners who do not want to take opportunities with regard to the number game, staying away from social media is about being secure than sorry. Rajath Kashyap S, the science topper from Kumaran’s Composite PU College, Padmanabhanagar, who scored 594/600 in March of this year’s examinations, is not a fan of social media and even advises that other learners stay away from addiction at least during examinations.
Social media functions as a stress-buster, particularly during examinations.
However, another chain of thought has to do with the reality that hanging out on social media might just be the stress-buster you’re searching for when you need a break from all studying. “I post a image on Instagram with a witty caption every time it gets stressful during an exam or just browse YouTube videos for some entertainment. Staying online is useful as there are many online Facebook discussion forums and informative YouTube videos that genuinely assist improve knowledge and understanding, “says 23-year-old Rohini Yadav, a first-year MBA student at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management.
Studies argue that social media can be a creative outlet for students
A pan-India research carried out this year by Fortis Healthcare’s Behavioural and Mental Health Department showed some interesting outcomes. The research, undertaken on 4,000 psychology learners in Class XI and XII from more than 200 colleges across 10 towns, indicated that as many as 78 percent of learners spend a lot of time on social media, with a majority agreeing that it is a conducive platform for spreading positive mental health storytelling.