Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people had already been shifting to working and learning online.[i] What’s more, people who have embraced a nomadic lifestyle are always raving about the benefits of working online. However, there is still skepticism among the more traditional establishments whether this method of work and study is a good thing.[ii] [iii]
Working from home, however, is a viable option for many people now. While working from home, the hassles of coming to work, such as getting dressed up and commuting are eliminated. Additionally, social interaction and other unnecessary distractions at work are reduced. Depending on your optimal work style, working from home could either be the best thing that happened to you or your idea of hell.
People who want to pick up new skills are also increasingly turning to online learning tools. The COVID-19 pandemic has further prompted innovative approaches to education. Educational institutions all across the world are now turning to online learning platforms to continue their operations seamlessly.
There are pros and cons to working and studying online:
Pros of Working and Studying Online
When it comes to working online, a lot can be done remotely on a flexible schedule. For example, if you’re a content creator or coder, you can most likely do it whenever it works for you. That is, as long as you meet your deadlines. If you need to work specific hours, you can still use your break time to do whatever you want. That is, as long as you return to your work schedule on time.
Online learning is slightly different because classes are usually scheduled at specific times, but even so, they are often asynchronous. If you want to attend a class, while you need to follow the prescribed timing, often you can fit that timing into your schedule. Thanks to the flexibility offered, you don’t have to worry about classes that don’t interest you.
2) Own work/learning environment
Unless you are a digital nomad and plan to travel while working, you will most likely be working from home. That does not mean that you need to buy office furniture to create a “work environment.” Rather, you can fit your office into wherever it fits in your life. Moreover, you are not tied to your home either. You can work at a coffee shop, in the outdoors, and pretty much anywhere else as long as you have an internet connection.
From an educational perspective, online learning permits students to take lessons from wherever they wish. It also enables schools to reach out to a more extensive network of students beyond geographical limits. Online lectures can also be recorded, preserved, and shared for later viewing. This allows students to access the instructional materials whenever it is convenient for them. As a result, online learning provides students with the flexibility of time and location.
3) More affordable
Working online or from home can reduce the number of daily expenses, including the money you would normally spend on commuting, your wardrobe, and your meals. When you no longer have to pay for commuting, you will see an instant difference in your bank account. You won’t have to squeeze yourself into a suit and polished shoes if you don’t want to. Additionally, if you work from home, you can save money on food because you can quickly prepare your lunch and coffee.
When compared to physical learning, online learning is significantly more affordable. This is because online learning reduces the cost of student transportation and lunches. Furthermore, all course or study materials are available online, resulting in a paperless learning environment that is more economical and environmentally friendly.
Cons of Working and Studying Online
Now that we have looked at the advantages of working and learning online, let us look at some disadvantages.
1) Willpower and possible lack of focus
It’s no wonder that employers are concerned about their employees’ work productivity outside of the office, given the temptation of a couch, mid-day naps, Netflix, virtual reality games, drum lessons, social media notifications, and whatever other tiny diversions there are in a day. Online workers are helpless in the face of looming responsibilities. There’s plenty to eat in the pantry. A “quick” stroll to the park and a plethora of other activities can all serve to divert their attention away from their work responsibilities. It’s easy to understand how things could easily take longer. A piece of work that would take an hour in an office could take five hours if there are distractions.
On a related note, one of the most challenging aspects of online learning for many students is the inability to focus on a screen for lengthy periods. With online learning, pupils are more likely to become quickly sidetracked by social media or other websites. As a result, teachers must keep their online lessons concise, engaging, and interactive to keep students focused on the topic.
2) Increased isolation
You can become relatively isolated if you spend most of your time working alone. If you’re a remote worker, you should schedule outings and events with friends and family to avoid loneliness and isolation. To enhance sociability, several remote organizations hold frequent team events. Being in the company of peers can teach students a lot. In an online class, students and teachers have minimal physical encounters. The students often feel alone as a result of this. Some educators plan in-person events or assign team projects to encourage students to mingle, thus generating a more social atmosphere.
Based on all of these pros and cons, Break Diving has launched a social media platform where professionals and students can work, learn, and develop beneficial relationships. This not-for-profit social media site is designed to help people feel more connected and supported by offering a positive alternative to other social media platforms.
The organization was founded on one mission; to increase people’s success, happiness, and friendships worldwide. The team behind Break Diving understands that traditional social media is one of the biggest causes of depression, arrogance, selfishness, and loneliness in the modern world. Additionally, regardless of one’s accomplishments, most people feel like they are still inadequate and cannot shake feelings that they have failed compared to their peers. Finally. despite the Internet offering us better connections to the rest of the world, most of us still lack true friendship and camaraderie.
Break Diving is changing this. The platform has proven to be a force of inspiration and support in the world by: 1) Helping people feel more connected and supported, 2) Building a positive alternative to all other social media platforms that brings people together in harmony, 3) Helping users achieve all their life goals and encouraging them to inspire others as well, 4) Creating a global mentorship program, and 5) Expanding everyone’s global cultural perspective to promote mutual understanding.
Unlike other platforms, Break Diving has regular live events that members can attend. They also offer a “dive certification program” that allows members to get certified in hundreds of “dives” at various levels. Dives are tasks that members can complete to show their skills in particular areas. Additionally, through their peer-networking support groups and events, they offer motivation and support. Finally, through the top-down mentorship and support program infused in their community, they help provide strategy and business sense.
The platform combines the best parts of other social media platforms. Break Diving has a rigorous application process as well as a clear Diver’s Code and Member Expectations. Since they are more than a social media site, they do not just accept anyone. Break Diving cares about its community. For this reason, they only accept applicants who will fit in, enjoy the experience and make the platform better. While their plan is not to exclude anyone, their application process is designed to help people understand what Break Diving is all about so that users can be positive members of the community from day one. The supportive community is filled with coders, writers, linguaphiles, performers, investors, entrepreneurs, travelers and parents from all over the world. While the members come from all walks of life, they’re all ambitious, motivated, friendly, helpful, and committed to helping others succeed.
If you love to learn from others and share with others, improve your life, develop greater self-esteem and pursue your dreams, Break Diving is the perfect social media platform for you.
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