Facebook is now the student's favourite waste of time...

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Jenny Darmody

We all procrastinate at some point. I know I do, in fact, it's almost become a hobby with me.

It's easy to do, too, because I'm so busy all the time that any time I do have left I tend to use to catch up on my sleep, and that kind of adds to the procrastination (no, I'm not looking for the tiny violin, no sympathy required!).

But the ways we students procrastinate are evolving. For starters, technology is present everywhere and there are laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones open all over the lecture halls.

It's fun to use this view in itself as a procrastination tool by sitting down at the back and counting the number of screens that actually just have Facebook on them.

I'm sorry to rat out my own species, but I'm pretty sure our secret is already out there, and that the lecturers already know.


Furthermore, I'm guilty too. I'm not afraid to admit it. Yes, I have a smartphone, and yes, I check Facebook. A lot. In class, at home, in bed, on planes, trains and automobiles (well, not planes but you get the idea). What do I check on there? Absolutely nothing.

Students are the group who use Facebook the most. And while there's an element of danger, as with most sites, and as with most things in life, I think the real danger of Facebook is the amount of pure rubbish that goes online on a daily basis and that we are force-feeding our minds with it.

I'm not one of the young ones who act as if mankind knew nothing at all about cool stuff until social media came along. I joined online sites, with most of my peers, when it started getting big and when I was at the 'perfect Facebook age' of 16. Five years later, and still addicted, I know what I'm talking about.

I check Facebook between 10 and 25 times a day, which is probably below average. The same Facebook addicts and trolls seem to pop up on my newsfeed with every thought God sends them and every photo they take. From the early morning "OMG I hate Mondays, when can it be the weekend again" to the midday "Yay it's Friday, roll on the weekend".

Is Facebook addictive? For many of us, yes. As a potential addict, I think we need to ask ourselves, "Does anyone really care what I had for breakfast/what my cat looks like dancing/how cold my hands are?" The answer is probably no.