Mindfulness With Social Media
Over the years the use of social media has expanded widely. It doesn’t matter your age, where you live, or even your social status, everyone around you uses some form of social media. Social media is used to communicate with others no matter the distance, it can be used to create or expand businesses, and even to educate you. Now while there are advantages to using social media there are also some disadvantages, that can even be seen as outweighing the positive. On any platform nowadays you can easily voice your opinion leading to possible cyberbullying, depression, anxiety, fear of missing out (Fomo), etc.
The simple sharing of what trip you took over break or what you comment on someone’s post will affect a human greatly. Many individuals do not realize the power of words and how they truly affect a person’s everyday life. A research study has shown that those who spend more time on social media are more likely to experience mental health problems. And around 64 percent of those who spend time on social media for more than four hours experience depression. The impact of social media expands everyday without even realizing it, but with awareness we can be more conscious of our screen time and use of social media and how it may affect others around us. Things we as a whole can do is turn our phones off completely, delete apps we find unnecessary, or turn off our notifications. All of these options are things we can do with one click of a button.
Advocating For Shorter School Day
I feel like school time is a big problem. I personally believe that a student should have only three hours of school a day for half the school year. Shortening the school day could give kids and teens more time for movement, brain breaks, and other activities proven to boost learning outcomes among other benefits. With more opportunities to move around and worry less about following classroom rules, kids could be better prepared to focus when it counts.
Longer school days also could result in attention deficit and fatigue, making the extra class time ineffective. When students are too tired or mentally exhausted to concentrate, the last hour of the day becomes useless. The school can also save money from the week of school being shorter. Don’t even get me started with the trips you can go on if school was shorter in general.