De-addiction: Status updates, phone calls see a dip before examination

  • Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 16:21 IST

With university exams a few weeks away, students are trying their best to stay away from their smart phones and social networking sites. But how tough is it for these students, who are otherwise hooked to their phones and addicted to the internet, to turn socially unavailable?

Harish Kanojia, a third year BSc student from Hinduja College, found the first few days excruciating. He deactivated his Twitter account on his parent’s insistence. “I missed it for a few days, but I think it’s helping me now. The best part is that Twitter cannot be reactivated through the mobile app. So, it means I will need to log on to a computer to do so. But, I hardly use the computer now, so it helps me stay away from the temptation,” said Kanojia.

Some students are switching off their phones, and logging off Facebook and Twitter. New age youngsters, faced with new age distractions, are being forced to go into social media hibernation during the exam season.

Facebook, one of the most popular social networking websites, has a temporary account deactivation option, which is being widely used by students now.

“The account deactivation helps because my phone doesn’t keep buzzing with updates. Also, I recently deleted the Twitter app from my phone,” said Shrishti Desai, an economics student.

Till a few years back, cable connection was considered a great distraction, with many households taking away TV privileges during exams.

However, smart phones and tablets have now become the most distracting objects for students these days. While a few have voluntarily given up their phones to their parents, some have been forced to part with their tablets and phones.

Academicians agree that phones have become a huge distraction and their use needs to be controlled.

“With Whatsapp and Snapchat and so many other options, students’ attention span is deteriorating rapidly. Even in classrooms we catch them chatting on their phones. It is a good practice to switch them off while studying. One should take a break from social media during exams,” Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal, Jai Hind College, said.

However, there are some who feel talking to friends on the phone helps them study better. “It’s like group studying. A few friends have a conference call and discuss a difficult topic. It helps me dispel doubts and be less nervous too,” said an engineering student.

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