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Monday 19 August 2019

Logging off: a week without Facebook

JONATHON KELLY GOES BRAVELY INTO THE UNKOWN AND ATTEMPTS TO SURVIVE SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT ANY SOCIAL MEDIA

EVER SINCE I can remember, I've used computers and the internet on a daily basis. I firmly believe that this technology can benefit us greatly; after all it is currently helping me to write this article. In recent years, however, technology is increasingly taking over the lives of young people.

A recent survey of CBS students revealed that over 80% of students have profiles on Facebook. Facebook has taken the world by storm since its creation in 2003. The website allows people to upload information and photos of themselves;friends can also chat to each other online.

The school survey also revealed that

60% of students own a PlayStation and 40% an Xbox. I am guilty of using all of the above on a daily basis so in early December I accepted the challenge to give up technology for a week – this included Facebook, the internet, my Xbox and my PlayStation.

The hardest part of the week was coming home one evening and seeing all of my brother's friends playing Xbox followed by a session on Facebook. With a heavy heart I retreated to my room with my pen and paper to write my diary entry for the day. During the week I found myself thinking about how much time I spend in front of the small screen. I started to fill my free time after school with more sporting activities in the evening which I really enjoyed.

Despite all this, I have to admit that at the end of the week, I couldn't wait to get back on Facebook, I rushed in the door and straight onto the computer, eager to see all the comments my friends had posted during the week.

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