Many students rely on accessibility of information from social media and the web sites, which means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information. Students, who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance.

The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude to proper spelling and grammar which further reduces the ability to effectively write.

The amount of information available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide, has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigating an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road.

AKBAR HUSSAIN ZUBERI,

Karachi, May 18.