Nida Laheji, Staffer
January 24, 2012
Filed under Opinions
It’s an ordinary school day. You go home and start your homework on the computer. You’re just minding your own business until suddenly, you’ve somehow been sucked into the procrastination vortex. You’re vulnerable to sites that do nothing but aid you in not finishing your homework. On that note, lets take a stroll down Procrastinate Lane.
Pokes, friend requests and notifications all make up the site that is probably the biggest reason kids start their homework at midnight. Facebook is like the mayor of Procrastinateville. Many kids waste time just thinking of a witty status to write so people will “like” it. And let’s face it, if you’ve got a camera anywhere nearby, “Hmm, my profile picture looks a tad bit bland all of a sudden” is what goes through your head. Meanwhile, you still have a two-page essay for your dual credit English class. Then, of course, there is the activity of obsessively investigating an individual, also known as stalking. “Oh my gosh, look up Billy Bob. Isn’t he just the hottest guy ever?!” starts an hour-long conversation with your best friend. “Well, paint me green and call me a pickle! You’re so right, Billy Bob is quite the looker!” All these things, and more, get in the way of last minute cramming. Overall, Facebook accounts should most definitely be deactivated when it comes to studying.
#Studying. #Ihatestudying. #Gettingmystudyingon. All right guys, let me tell you something, if you write something similar to the hash tags I’ve listed, you are not studying. In fact, you’re obviously wasting your time telling the world that you’re not studying. Honestly, I’m not sure how anyone can procrastinate on Twitter for more than five minutes. Maybe it’s the kick you get out of blue words after you hash tag them. I mean you can only spend so much time reading about what kind of salad the Kardashians are eating or which country Angelina Jolie adopted a kid from this time. Next time you try wasting your time on Twitter, instead of typing “#studying”, you should just write “#I’montwitterandnotstudying.” #Rebel.
Now this site can definitely be filed under major procrastination. From high school students to college seniors, Reddit never fails to give its users a good laugh. But, that can be a turn off when you finally realize, after browsing dozens of memes like “First World Problem Lady” or “Chemistry Cat”, that you haven’t even checked your planner which consists of history, chemistry, and, of course, algebra homework. All in all, Reddit is like a pair of skinny jeans, once you’re on it, it’s hard to get off.
Cats, cats, oh and more cats. Youtube is as much of a home for cats as an old, lonely lady’s home would be. If it’s not Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit we turn to Youtube for entertainment. It’s not only cats though. There are parodies of famous songs that never fail to amuse us and the guy who is warning you to hide your kids, your wife and your husband. Then of course, there is the musical aspect of Youtube that we thrive for. From overly obsessive Beliebers (Bieber believers) to hardcore Lady Gaga or Adele fans, students think that listening to music while doing homework is the brightest idea that they’ve ever had. What they don’t realize is that while they have a pencil in their hand, they are using it as an imaginary microphone rather than using it as a writing utensil for their history review.
Tumblr is a blogging site that’s taken blogging to a whole new level. This site lets you effortlessly share anything from photos to quotes, which makes it a perfect site to start off your procrastination. “Man, I was on Tumblr all night last night! I didn’t get any sleep,” is a quote that often hovers around groups of red-eyed students. This veteran procrastinating site has really trapped in its users and has made it almost impossible for kids to accomplish any work.
These sites are just a few to name. There are billions of sites out there that haven’t become as popular with kids, but still manage to have the same effect on school kids who have discovered them. Overall, you have to proceed with caution when visiting these sites, because you might end up spending the whole night browsing them.