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Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/25/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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exposrule

Pro

Social networking sites are absolutely good for our society. We are now able to stay connected with a much larger number of people than in the past, when the primary way of staying in touch was by telephone. This makes it easier to plan events (on Facebook just start an event and invite people you're Friends with), gather information ("I'm visiting Boston next week, any of you guys live in Boston and have recommendations for where to stay or eat?"), and even buy/sell items ("I'm moving next week and can't take my couch, does anyone want to take it for $50?"). With the introduction of social networking sites, our lives were able to become much more streamlined.
BlackIceDown

Con

I would first like to thank Exposrule for proposing this challenge. I am ready to argue my case and I hope to have an intellectual and spirited debate with you on the topic of social networking websites.

Social networking sites, while advertising and promoting unity and cooperation for the world, are actually riddled with problems that are glossed over with bird games and kitten videos. My opponent highlights the misinformed advantage that social media sites enable people to stay connected. While this fact is true, the entire concept of "social networking" undermines friendship as a whole. Gone are the days where you called or just texted a friend when you wanted to speak with them. Now you are bombarded with updates, statuses, and pictures from people you barely know or who you wouldn't call your friend if you were in public together. The true meaning of a friend is a fallacy. If Jimmy Kimmel retweeted something I said, does that mean I'm friends with him? The system degrades true friendship and complicates the whole process. Complications mainly occur when one person follows or friends another and they return the favor. Some people treat online "friends" like gold and just want more. This leads to misconstrued friendships, which can have deeper impacts.

Social networking, social media, and the Internet as a whole have been described as a "jungle" where it's a dog eat dog world. It is not surprising then, that social networking websites act as another medium (in addition to school, workplace, home) where individuals can be victimized, bullied, and harassed. Before networking sites, people were able to escape the problems, insults, and taunts from another by simply walking away. Now, the bullies have the upper hand, able to upload videos, blogs, and routinely engage in the belittlement of their victim. These attacks have led to cyberbullying, an action that schools and places of employment are at a disadvantage to fight. What is the legal stance of something that relates to school/work but did not actually occur on school or work property? A quick Google search will garnish results of teen deaths and suicides that were hastened by online bullying, rejection, and humiliation. Social networking sites blatantly flaunt a gray area where bullies don't care about the rules of legality and the individuals who attempt to enforce them don't fully know the rules.

Lastly (for round 1), social networking sites are removing the need for actual social interaction. Teenagers and younger individuals are finding it increasing difficult to speak face-to-face with someone, since they are used to typing and hiding behind a keyboard and a computer screen during interactions. If people continue to heavily rely on social networking, they will begin to forget how to interact with a live person. No one will remember how to research trips on their own, how to buy and send invitations for an event or party, and even how to talk with one another as human beings. Social networking sites take all the challenges and fun out of planning an event, interacting with a friend, and remembering the good times before the sites were established.
Debate Round No. 1
exposrule

Pro

exposrule forfeited this round.
BlackIceDown

Con

Since Exposrule forfeited the second round, I will highlight a few more points as to why social networking sites are not good for society. I hope to continue the spirited debate with Exposrule and look forward to reading his remarks in Round 3.

One of the largest, hidden disadvantages that social networking sites provide to society is a reduction in productivity. This comment could stand alone but I will elaborate a little more on the issue. How many times do you check your social networking sites during the day? How many minutes do you spend playing Angry Birds or taking an Instagram photo of your food? The productivity decrease is not just in the work environment, although that is the largest offender. Besides missing deadlines at work or developmental opportunities because you were on your own page or seeing what a celebrity is doing, you are missing your life. You"re not as productive around the house, due to the suction and pull of social networking. Individuals are spending increasing amounts of time doing "nothing." Yes, they might be browsing Facebook or Twitter, but they are not contributing anything worthwhile to society. Productivity decreases can also be seen around one"s home. You meant to mow the lawn but watched too many YouTube videos and now it is raining. You weren"t listening to a chore list or your spouse because you were doing a Vine of facial expressions. Social networking sites are the illusion of doing work. You could spend days on them without accomplishing anything. Social networking sites are one of the main causes of procrastination and not achieving a goal or chore. These means for procrastination could eventually prove detrimental to society.

With the advent of the Internet, the whole living network was changed. Simple cold-calling scams or even intricately planned scams in person could now be executed flawlessly through websites. This wildfire spread rapidly and briefly calmed down. However, with the birth of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (to name a few), fuel was added to the wildfire. These social networking sites were built for criminals. In no other place would someone fill comfortable enough to share their daily routine: What they ate for breakfast, the traffic accident to work, lame coworkers, their biggest achievements, and biggest flaws. Social networking sites enable people to get scammed easy. The right criminal can pluck information from even the most private network pages and get to work, applying for loans, credit cards, or selling personal information to whoever who purchase it. Even if no damage is done or the damage is reversible, the fact that it still happened and could happen again is the main concern. Yes, social networking sites say they have good security but unless you"re a computer programmer or genius, you will be unable to interpret all the code, lingo, and jargon used to explain privacy settings. Also, no matter how much protection social networking sites provide, if you click a link on a friend"s page, you could get a virus if taken to an infected page (even a page away from the social networking site itself). The threats for theft and scam through social media sites are still there and still happen, whether the sites will admit it or not.

Social networking sites make money on their users. The ads on the pages and providing information to third-parties. Few users read the fine print before they agree to the "Terms and Conditions" to create an account. To further build on the previous topic, the main purpose of the site is to make money. An added incentive or plus is having happy users but that is a bonus. They need users to sell ads (make money). Some social networking sites also sell user information, whether it be age, gender, location to things as personal as weight, searched topics, and pages you viewed through the site. Social networking sites are mildly concerned with your safety from other users but not from the companies they sell data to. These sales highlight another breach in privacy and an issue that is often forgotten. One only needs to look at the Nike Facebook page and a majority of future ads displayed on unrelated pages will feature Nike products and related materials. Social networking sites are a risk to both productivity and privacy.
Debate Round No. 2
exposrule

Pro

exposrule forfeited this round.
BlackIceDown

Con

In closing, I would like to thank Exposrule to challenging me to this debate. I am disappointed it was not a more intense and entertaining debate to watch but I do understand personal matters come before online debates.

In order to end my portion of the debate, I would like to touch on two more reasons why social networking sites are dangerous and not beneficial for our society. The first of these reasons is one of the foundations the internet is built upon. The internet exists as a hub for information to be read, watched, and perceived online. Much of what is on the internet is here to stay and would take milestones (and many years) to have anything taken down. This is one of the disadvantages of social networking sites. No matter the occasion, the reason, or the mistake, anything that is put on the internet is on for good. This same principle applies to social networking sites. Many college-age students and younger are very na"ve and unaware of the implications that their online presence could have later in life, whether it is meeting your future in-laws or applying for a job. Social networking sites are akin to haunted houses and ghosts. No matter how far away you move or how many years pass, you can still be haunted by the online presence of something you foolishly posted thirteen years ago because "everyone was doing it." Social networking sites are the perfect platform for mistakes. You can easily post, tweet, shout, or stream any aspect of your life. On impulse, these actions can seem fun and happy, but after a day, or a year, you may begin to regret these actions. The red tape you must go through in order to get something removed publicly from a social networking site is very intense. The odds that the material in question had been permanently deleted from every realm of the internet are zero.

My last aspect of why social networking sites are not good for society is too much white noise with social networking sites. Everyone has an opinion, a thought, or a funny joke. Before social networking websites, these were shared among friends and relatives and the humor was strong and entertaining. With social media sites, the jokes are told too often, skits are done to death, and the impact and meaningfulness of the act in question (joke, thought, ramble, or creative quote) is lost to the public, because everyone has a joke, thought, or ramble. There is no individuality on the internet. Social networking sites allow people to "join" their site and become one of the faceless, active drones who posts three times a day, just like everyone else. Unless you are a rarity and a social media expert or professional, your updates and beliefs will tend to fall on deaf ears (or blind eyes). On social media sites, there is a loss of one"s individual self. Every user is focused on one thing when they post something from their account: Themselves. Social media sites are not a creative playground by any means. They are a place for one to push their creative idea out there and hope others are not shrewd or too self-centered and like, or remotely acknowledge, their contribution to the site. Yes, you do have some popular celebrities and other individuals online who thrive in these environments. However, a large majority of users fall into the loss of individualism category and contribute to the white noise heard around the Internet.

I would like to again thank Exposrule for this debate. I had a fun time and I look forward to the voting system and future debates. Thank you and goodnight!
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