There is no doubt that modern social media offer great ways to stay in touch with friends and family. You can Tweet how you’re feeling, share what you are doing through a picture over Instagram, and invite friends to dinner over Facebook. And you can do this all from the comfort of your bed, in the hallways between class, or sitting out in the quad, soaking up some sun.
The benefits are clear. But what about the costs? Digital socializing can eat up precious time. Before you know it, you’ve spent an hour Tweeting and Facebooking instead of writing the term paper due tomorrow or talking to the new friend walking with you to the next class.
If this happens to you, don’t lose heart. You have control over your time, you just need to set some guidelines for yourself. It’s all part of becoming a responsible, adult, college student.
These guidelines aren’t there to restrict fun, they’re to make sure you can enjoy fun, knowing you have taking care of your other obligations.
SMS, Tweets and Facebook status updates can be sent quickly, while walking in between class. Restrict yourself to between class. Doing this in class means you will miss information, which just means you’ll have to catch up with extra studying later.
Set aside a specific time each day to check and reply to emails. For example, you can set aside thirty minutes in the morning, while you eat breakfast, then thirty minutes again after you’ve finished your studying for the day. Set a timer, when it goes off, stop, and walk away. Finished outstanding work or if that is already completed, go meet up with friends.
Have fun with social media, but remember, you control it, it doesn’t control you. This is your time to get out there, get a great education, meet new people, and develop new friendships and lasting memories. Don’t let it pass you by.