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The Twenty-First Century Distraction

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From most perspectives, losing money is a bad thing. From most perspectives, receiving

poor grades is a bad thing.

Since the second century BC, money has single handedly dictated how people live their

lives. Everything we do revolves around money. The people of today have a mentality that if

one makes good money; one will achieve whatever they desire. Nothing in life is ever free.

Someone had to produce a service or a product that is available for purchase. Being a productive

member of society makes that person of high value because they can effectively yield a needed

product. When everyone is a productive member of this world, the money remains in place;

however, when more and more people are becoming less productive, is when people lose money

and economic instability occurs. But, there is hope for the people. Technology is the key to

creating a more productive world. Or is it? Because technology rapidly reinvents the world,

changing people, culture, and society, individuals have been able to be more efficient and

productive with their work time, therefore making time to engage in leisure-related activities. In

the twenty-first century; however, technology is a “doubled-edged sword” slicing through once

time-consuming tasks, but also distract people from responsibilities. One of the most profound

negative influences on contemporary productivity is the extensive use of social media by high

school and college students who waste time that should be devoted to academic pursuits.

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Moreover, the habit of misusing and abusing social media carries over into the work

environment, therefore not only crushing productivity, which consequently the loss of profits.

There are millions of people who have started to u...

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