Negative effects of Social Media on Students - Abba Abdullahi Garba

Negative effects of Social Media on Students

It was very unfortunate that nowadays most students used to spend uncountable hours surfing social media chat sites, but most of them are not aware of huge negative effects of social media on their studies.

It has been observed that students focus more attention and time to social media than they do for their studies, and definitely they can’t pass their examinations well if they doesn’t learn.

I’m sure dear abba blog visitor, social media plays an important on distracting students academic performance also it contributes towards their lower academic excellence.

Both social media and social media sites have many different positive and negative effects on not only students but on the whole society around the world.

Since we’re talking about its negative effects on students, let me share some well-known and genuine social media negative effects.

Effects of social media on students include the following:
  1.  Reduce Learning & Research Capability
  2.  Soar of Time Wastage
  3.  Socializing in Person
  4.  Impact on Health
  5.  Academic Excellence
  6.  Poor Grammar & Writing Skills
  7.  Depression & Addiction
  8.  Fear of Missing Out
Listed write-ups above are among negative effects of social media on students. I will take them one after another and explain them in details.

Reduce Learning & Research Capability

With the extensive use of social media nowadays students are relying more on such platforms to obtain information and knowledge rather than looking out for in some books, journals or notes.

Actually extracting information online is so much easy, but it’s reducing student’s habits of learning and research capabilities.

When a student becomes addicted to performing research online frequently, that addiction will make him forget with libraries where he can get access to unlimited books for his research activities.

Soar of Time Wastage

Hmm! It’s really obvious that most students these days prefer spending their golden time on social media sites instead of doing their important school chores. 

Frequent use of social media sites by students increase soar wastage of their worthy time which slowly affect their academic excellence.

Socializing in Person

When students are spending too much time on social media sites and much lesser time on socializing in person or face-to-face communication, they can’t socialize in an effective manner with other people.

They may suffer from lack of body signals and other nonverbal clues, including tone and inflection problem while communication.

Impact on Health

Excessive use of social media by students actually have negative effect on their health and mind, also they may be exposed to bad situation, eye strain as a result of phone / laptop screen light, or physical and mental stress. 

Furthermore such problems make students lazy and unmotivated to study.

Academic Excellence

Honestly students who are attempting to multi-task like computers, multi-tasking contribute to reduction of their academic performance, low self-perceptions, distraction and others.

Nevertheless it is not suggested to be multi-tasking student if you want obtain good scores in all the subjects you’re studying, no matter where you’re studying.

Poor Grammar & Writing Skills

Excessive use of shortcut words while conversation online by students play special role towards decreasing students grammar and writing skills.

Rather than improving their skills they are doing worst thing, however these days students are unable to write effectively without the use of spell checker feature of computer or commercial package software.

Depression & Addiction

Social media platforms are major factor that are causing distraction and addiction on not only students but on whole people using them.

Spending too much time on social networking sites could adversely affect student’s mood, if he is in happy his mood, then that happiness can easily change to sadness by reading or viewing single piece of content. 

Students addicted to social media prefer spending hours surfing social media rather than studying. Frequent use of social media by student is called addiction and it has negative effect on student academic performance.

Fear of Missing Out

Fear of Missing Out was born around the same time as the rise of social media. Unsurprisingly it’s one of the widespread effects of social media on students and whole society.

For example you student might constantly check his massaging apps to see if there’s new stuffs that somebody is enjoying while he is offline. That is FOMO.


Me too sometimes I used to feel that FOMO deep inside, but I believed it's just some addiction that is affecting me, anyway as a student you need to adjust time you're spending online to expand your off-line chores like reading, research, conversation with those who are more educated than you and so so.


Above 8 listed and explained negative effects of social media students are not only ones that exists. I adjust them for better and easy reading.

Finally I hope you'll use social media carefully since you already knew that uncle mark, sundar and other tech nerds are spying on all your activities be it in your phone or laptop.

Have a nice day ahead.

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