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How does social media impact mental health?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/21/2015 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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polinamazonka

Con

Social media affects our brain. Do you think it is beneficial or detrimental to our mental health? Why?
asi14

Pro

I accept this debate, and I will argue that social media is detrimental to mental health. I await the con's arguments in Round 2.
Debate Round No. 1
polinamazonka

Con

polinamazonka forfeited this round.
asi14

Pro

The con has forfeited this round, so I will use this time to make my own opening arguments.

Social Media is an intricate part of our lives in the digital world. I can probably bet money that at least 85% of all apps in all smartphone operating systems reference social media in some way. However, it's not clear this prevalence of social media is helpful to us mentally, despite the seemingly open connections. Thus, I advocate that social media is detrimental to our mental health.

Contention 1: Procrastination

More often than not, persons with social media will feel that pressure to stop what work they were doing, and indulge in a period of newsfeed-surfing (I did this too until I participated in the 99 Days of Freedom Challenge). Turns out this isn't unordinary, it's the status quo. A study performed by the Johnson and Wales University found that 45% of a population of college students admitted to 6~8 hours/day of social media, 23% even more than that, [1] Unless you're a workaholic (which won't be true given such huge amounts of social media), little to no work will get done. Moreover, this large amount of social media has tangible and serious impacts on grades. Another study found that students who handed in assignments at the last moment-- the epitome of procrastination-- in turn received the failing grades. [2] Given that this occurs on a nationwide level, this might explain our stance in terms of education worldwide, which was found to not even crack the top 20. [3] Not only does this make us look incompetent, it might have serious consequences in terms of being successful as a country. It makes sense, that people who don't have an education won't get a job; more people with no jobs means less productivity as a whole; thus the economy falls, the US further goes down the totem pole. And all of this could be stopped, simply by not using social media. Think about that.

Contention 2: Cyberbullying

As I remarked early on in this speech, social media opens up people to more people around the world, and to more people within their neighborhood. But it doesn't open up people to good people all the time; it also gives people with malicious intentions to hurt people over the internet. This the American Osteopathic Association makes clear, that "the emotional and psychological effects of cyber-bullying are just as destructive." [4] And they're not making this up-- some of the posts made by cyberbullies makes actual bullying look tame. For example, one Tweeter made a remark about the Stubenville incident, saying that "So you got drunk at a party and two people take advantage of you, that's not [expletive] you're just being a loose ****." [5]. Take an additional Tweet by a person going by the name Greg Mulholland MP, saying that "@Johnathan_Pryor and I am very glad I have never met you Johnathan as you are a disingenuous, manipulative, illiberal little ****! #truth" [6]. This has led people to commit suicide, not in isolated occasions, but in a CLEAR and POISONOUS PATTERN, as explained by theGuardian. [7] Social media has degenerated to such an extent it has allowed people to call for the suicides of fellow persons. Maybe it's time to get off it.

Sources:
http://scholarsarchive.jwu.edu...
http://www.bloomberg.com...
http://www.npr.org...
http://www.osteopathic.org...
https://imasfreeasabird.files.wordpress.com...
http://politicalscrapbook.net...*t-tweet.jpg

(PS: for the politicalscrapbook source, take out the asterisk, replace with the proper word, and the link will work)

http://www.theguardian.com...

PS: For anyone after being disgusted by the two contentions that wants out of social media, here is a link to the 99 Days of Freedom Challenge: http://99daysoffreedom.com...)
Debate Round No. 2
polinamazonka

Con

polinamazonka forfeited this round.
asi14

Pro

Forfeiture, vote pro
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by polinamazonka 2 years ago
polinamazonka
Do you have any personal experiences or further opinions on the matter?
Posted by asi14 2 years ago
asi14
you never made it clear what side you were advocating for, so I took it upon myself to decide. Either way, I will say social media bad for mental health
Posted by polinamazonka 2 years ago
polinamazonka
I am con social media in that I think it is detrimental to mental health.
Posted by Richardsonalj 2 years ago
Richardsonalj
I'd like to join this debate, it's just that if I join, I wouldn't know if I would be defending social media or not.
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