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The growth of social media over the past few years has changed the ways in which the internet is experienced by people. Through internet people is now in possession of a power via which they can share their knowledge and experience at the comfort of their homes with utmost convenience. Social networking websites like facebook, youtube, twitter etc. has a vital role to influence the lives of millions of students around the world. Just like every coin has two sides, Social media has its own advantages and disadvantages for a student.

Advantages of Social Media 

  1. Social Media is a great tool for eLearning. A student can connect with their friends and teachers via Whatsapp chat or a zoom video call to clear their doubts about the homework. Various social media websites like quora.com can further help them get their answers fast. Further sites like pinterest and tumblr can inspire them for their school projects.
  2. Students are now able to search for better jobs whether in India or abroad through various social media sites like Linkedin.
  3. Students can stay updated with the latest happenings around the world by using various social media news applications like inshorts which provide important news updates in short summary.

Disadvantages of Social Media

  1. The rise of social media has caused a decline in real life communication. Students have found comfort in chatting, gaining more likes and followers on social media apps rather than enjoying with their friends and family.
  2. Many students are now addicted to social media, and they are continuously distracted by youtube and facebook notifications which have started affecting their academic performances.
  3. Students are spending countless hours watching youtube videos, Seasons and movies on Netflix which is affecting their eyes and mental health. 

Social Media is a blessing if used right. However, it can also lead a student to the path of failures and disappointment if they are addicted to it. Hence, Social media applications and websites must be used as a tool to increase your productivity rather than a platform for entertainment.

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