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Social Media: Helpful to Society?

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Started: 3/19/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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dayawjmsc2015

Pro

With the launch of AIM (AOL Instant Messaging) in 1997, society was able to communicate with one another in the matter of moments. With the launch of Myspace and Facebook in 2003 and 2004, people were able to connect with people from their past, and connect to them with large amounts of sums of distances between them. Within other social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr, and other sites, people have the ability to comment with their former friends, classmates, and to essentially make new friends.
Curran2015

Con

Social media is the main place for venting in modern society. With the inability to prove ones identity online, the exploitation of these websites and programs is rampant. These sites are not helpful to society because they tear down others on a day to day basis. It is becoming more and more common to hear stories of how some kid was being bullied online, or how kids lives are destroyed by some dumb thing they decided to post. I believe that social media should require stricter access requirements so people can be personally held responsible for their actions online.
Debate Round No. 1
dayawjmsc2015

Pro

Thank you, I do agree that it is a good resource for venting ones feelings. Yes I do agree that it could be stricter but that is not the point I was bringing up, instead I was presenting that it was a good resource for people in today's society. To counteract the point on bullying, I believe that the destruction happens because kids are immature and can't handle the resource presented to them. Children tend to overlook the real purposes are tools given to them. Bullying does not only occur on social media, a majority of bullying occurs in schools rather then social media. If you see bullying as the issue then you must not try to take the fight to social media but the schools where the bullying begins.
Curran2015

Con

To respond to your input that bullying occurs in school and not on social media, here is a quote that states otherwise. " 'About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being physically attacked more than once.' They also say that 75 percent of bullying and harassment has led to school-shooting incidents. These victims could be affected long-term from these abuses or even do harmful things to themselves or others." Social media may have resources for people, BUT the harm social media causes outweighs the benefits it provides. All the "resources" that social media provides can be found in safer and more secure sites.
Debate Round No. 2
dayawjmsc2015

Pro

Your argument that bullying is the reason social media is seen as a harmful tool instead of a useful one is lose ended, due to the fact that even with social media bullying is still present. You can not call social media harmful when it is only a way that it occurs. That would be equivalent to calling school harmful because bullying also happens there. You cannot take just one part of a whole item to define it as a whole. Social media's positives out way their negatives, such as connection, access to immediate knowledge, and also school resources.
Curran2015

Con

Social media is not helpful to society because it fuels the destruction of many lives. This could entail cyber-bullying which drags into school, or taking over someones life on the internet. the perfect example of this, "Aftab worries about instances of "cyber bullying by proxy," where a student impersonates another by creating fake social networking profiles, pointing to a story in The Star-Ledger, where an online bully created a Facebook profile for Newark, N.J., teen Nafeesa Onque. The impersonator operated the page for more than three years; many of Onque's friends thought the page was run by her. The bully posted sexually explicit photos and tirades online, destroying Onque's reputation." THIS is the true power of social media, the power to destroy lives without justice to those who do it. It gives people the ability to stay anonymous and reek harm without the fear of punishment. And by the way, these instances are growing each and every week according to a government report.
Debate Round No. 3
dayawjmsc2015

Pro

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Curran2015

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
dayawjmsc2015

Pro

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Curran2015

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by YoshiBoy13 1 year ago
YoshiBoy13
Quadruple forfeit COMBO!!!! MASSIVE DAMAGE!
Posted by Curran2015 1 year ago
Curran2015
Parry Aftab was a cyberlaw expert, who was honored by Congress in 2005 for her work in cyber safety
Posted by Curran2015 1 year ago
Curran2015
Parry Aftab was a cyberlaw expert, who was honored by Congress in 2005 for her work in cyber safety
Posted by DayawKmsc2015 1 year ago
DayawKmsc2015
I find that the use of social media not only strengthens the social connection of people, but can be very easily a way to access information. The argument towards bullying I understand, but not everyone uses social media to bully. social media in general is a great thing that has been created in this decade, helping remain in touch. the problem with social media is how the consumer decides to use it and sadly we cannot convince everyone to use it for the good.
Posted by BKL21996 1 year ago
BKL21996
While social media has made it easier to keep in contact with relatives and others from over a long distance, I feel as though social media has led to a much more detached society, and its removal would allow for closer bonds to be formed between people.
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