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Dangers of online gaming, social Media addiction on academic performance

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Dangers of online gaming, social Media addiction on academic performance

Dangers of social media and online gaming addiction on the academic performances of youth by Rotimi Onadipe for ENigeria Newspaper.

Although the internet is a valuable tool for kids in schools, its excessive use can have a negative impact on students’ academic achievement.

Business, communication, research, and education will be difficult without the internet in today’s technology age, particularly in the era of smartphones, iPads, and tablets, but when used excessively in such a way that it interferes with daily life, it poses a problem that eventually becomes an addiction to the user.

With the development of new Apps, software, online networks, and platforms that are easily available on smartphones, iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices, online gaming addiction have become more prevalent, negatively impacting students’ academic performance.

Experts discovered that some teenagers spend as much as 14 hours a day gaming, while others spend even more. In today’s technological age, this threat is so pervasive that the World Health Organization (WHO) included gaming disorder to its list of disorders in 2018.

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Many Nigerian adolescents spend a significant amount of time on online for non-essential purposes, such as playing video games, viewing videos, and conversing with their online pals on social media, without contemplating the negative consequences, notably on their academic performance.

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) reported in 2015 that there was widespread English language failure, with the use of shorthand texts and social media slangs being identified as the primary cause of some students failing the May/June 2015 West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Many of the kids misused words and utilized abbreviations in the same way they did while chatting with their online pals on social media, for example, writing “b” instead of “be,” “d” instead of “the,” “u” instead of “you,” and so on.

This development demonstrates how social media addiction destroys lives and alters how the human brain absorbs information.

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Warning Signs of Online Gaming and Social Media Addiction:

1. Neck or back pains.

2. Sleeping late at night.

3. Feeling depressed when unable to go online.

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4. Playing online games before doing other things everyday.

5. Thinking about gaming or next online visit, post or status almost every time.

6. Feeling restless or uncomfortable when unable to play game or networking sites.

7. Having problems at school, work or home because of excessive online gaming or chatting.

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8. Lying to people about how much time spent on online gaming.

Solutions to Online Gaming and Social Media Addiction:

1. Always switch off your phone at a particular time before going to bed e.g. 10pm and switch it on in the morning e.g. 7am.

2. Delete all Apps that you don’t really need on your device.

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3. Delete all games on your device or reduce the number of hours spent on gaming to only about 30 minutes.

4. Set alarm clock and use stopwatch to control the amount of time you spend on social media or online gaming.

5. Choose some days to stay offline without gaming or checking social media.

6. Parents should buy only educative games for their children. i.e. only games that can improve their academic performance.

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7. Use of mobile phones in primary and secondary schools during school hours should be totally prohibited.

8. Youth and children that are addicted to online gaming and social media should contact counselors for help before their addiction becomes uncontrollable.

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