5 TIME KILLING DEMONS TO AVOID PLUS SOCIAL MEDIA
Devil of Social Media
I’ve told the story a few times of how I came back from an exam by 3PM, when I was an undergraduate, and in my plans I was to refresh by bathing, eating and sleeping to enable me read from 9pm to 2am.
But as I finished eating, I decided to take a look at my 2go account, which was in vogue more than a decade ago – that was where I remained without even picking the plates I ate from.
By the time I remembered to check time, it was 2am. So I was 2going from 5PM to 2AM, YES.
Deleting the 2go and rushing up other activities didn’t stop me from not covering all I was supposed to read for 2 exams the next day.
The social media is still doing this havock to us till today.
TELEVISION/SOCIAL MEDIA Media
Same goes to television. Unfortunately, even adults are still addicted to TVs and social media and these time wasters are impacting negatively on our level of productivity.
Let’s assume that you spend three hours of TV daily and only 3movies per week (which I know is very well above this) in one week you would have spent 25hours staring at your flat TV screen. If I add time spent on eating, talking with friends, bathing, going to church and other supposedly necessary activities we will end up seeing that we barely spend 3hours on economically productive activities each day.
Now imagine what progress you would have made in your goals by rescuing the 25hours spent on TV and more hours on social media.
Social media are not just distracting, they kill our time and have effects on our level of creativity.
N/B, there are positive uses and users of these platforms.
According to a CNN report, social networking (chatting with friends or prospective friends) account for 28 percent of time spent online by users of age 20 and 29 (I feel the 28% is conservative)
And it says 38 percent of social media users can’t go a few hours without checking Facebook, Twitter feeds, WhatsApp and others. While employees are said to spend at least a quarter of their day at work browsing social media for non-work related activities.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY TEENS OF TODAY CAN’T PASS JAMB?
The report says teens in the United States (and I believe it is worst in Nigeria) spend about 9 good hours using media for their enjoyment, even more than the time they spend in sleeping both at noon and night, and the 9hours does not include the time spent on media in school.
Of course, needless to say that our teens are having very little time to spend with their books and parents.
Personally, i am not in support of unrestricted exposure of teenagers who are yet to write their O-level exams to social media. The impacts are more destructive than positive.
Friends,the effort to rescue time from social media must be conscious and I’ll share some recipe.
We can consciously allocate time to social media daily, except when using it for work related issues.
Same goes with TV, outside news, it’s meant to make me sleep Except when there is a program or movie I’m looking out for and that can’t happen frequently.
FRIENDS AND RELIGIOUS EVENTS
Apart from Social media and TVs, Friends and their invitations to irrelevant events or sit outs plus excessive church/Mosque programs can become sources of slothfulness and time killers which will lead to poverty.
Before I’m crucified. I’m not against attending religious services, but I don’t know how productive a person who is not a pastor/Imam (that takes salary from church) will progress spending so much time in church almost daily. If you owned a shop, then it must be closed when you are in church, and it’s worst with some churches with unregulated service duration. So how gainful is that to your personal economy?
The Chinese and Indians are the most productive people in the world, next time I’ll share some work ethics of the Chinese and why they are taking over the world economy.