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AthenaMusic10
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JamesChance
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Social Media has A Bad Impact on Our Lives Today

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Started: 4/12/2014 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AthenaMusic10

Pro

Social media has a bad impact on our lives today as it is starting to affect teens' behaviours and it does not allow them to talk face-to-face. Also, teens now have an attention span of less than 5 minutes compared to 12 minutes back in 1990's. Some other effects are seen in writing and social impacts. People now use many abbreviations such as LOL, TTYL and BFF instead of using full words and the word "selfie" was noted Word of the Year by the Oxford Dictionary. Teens no longer know how to talk to people due to the many uses of connection such as IM, FaceTime and Phone Calls. Scientists also noted that too much screen time means many health risks in teens. I will talk more about these things in the upcoming rounds.
JamesChance

Con

Social media is not a cause for abbreviated terminology, the attention span of teens, and how people communicate effectively. Social media has enriched our lives, connected us on a level unlike society has ever been in past generations, and through the wide-spread use of the internet has taught so many aspects of what many once considered unattainable due to a worldwide connectivity of facts, opinions, and innovated ideas.

It is in how people spend their time using social media, the application of what we gain from it that leaves no spectrum of right or wrong that defines a generation. The idea that something is either bad or good has developed a narrow-mindedness for the gift it can bring. Generalization, stereotyping, or seeing things as 'black and white' is the conflict. Feeling or thinking helpless to individualize your experience or mentoring those who you can touch by a better model for worldwide communication would aid the conflicting idea behind the impact it presents
Debate Round No. 1
AthenaMusic10

Pro

Although the world wide web has connected us with people around the world, it is the cause for all of this. If you go back to the history of 1950's and before the internet came to be, you will see that people did not use abbreviations rather, a whole word which is not very common now. Furthermore, there is proof that it is shortening the attention spans of teens. Below are just several links on this topic:

http://www.forbes.com...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
http://www.theguardian.com...

As you can see, there has been many studies on this. Please give information to support your arguments. The internet was first created to share ideas but has become something that is used a little too much.
JamesChance

Con

The links you provided utters the same sentiment I shared in round one. Like any indulgence, if you have no self-discipline you will socially pass it along to others or inevitably have less communicative abilities to use beyond the closed off world it can create. I also find the study in the Guardian using a primitive tribe and their attention span to be of little value to your point. You've not provided enough character space to flesh out my example of why it makes little too no sense to conduct a study on a ethnicity that never came in contact with social media until it is thrust upon them. There is also an equal amount of studies to showcase the positive of social media opposing the pessimism:
http://www.studymode.com...
http://www.commonsensemedia.org...
https://www.khanacademy.org...

It's a technological way of life that most be introduced properly rather negatively induced.
Debate Round No. 2
AthenaMusic10

Pro

Teens also no longer spend time outdoors as much or building positive social interactions. When teens spend more than 2 hours on the computer, it poses health risks such as permanent eye damage. Below, is a link with more insight on this:

http://listdose.com...

There are also many disadvantages for using the computer:

http://www.studymode.com...

Teens spend too much time on the computer and feel a false comparison between other friends. Some compare how many friends they have on FaceBook but how many of those people are really friends? This also leads to cyberbullying which plays a large part in the society on the internet.
JamesChance

Con

The Pro would like you to believe health risks, cyber dangers, disadvantages, and the shortening of attention spans will torment society with the terrible things social media offers. The Pro continues to paint pessimism and isolated cases of negative studies that also share good preventive and healthy alternatives. The Pro even stated "Also, teens now have an attention span of less than 5 minutes compared to 12 minutes back in 1990's." That's an amazing and precise statistic that wildly can't be linked to any link accessible to Pro's sea of disparage that the Pro floats absentmindedly through a resource online that builds a wider understanding for learning.Your claims are at best cherry picking at the air. The Pro seems to not have the knowledge that a teacher-parent have restrictions and safe guards to prevent children and teens from accessing inappropriate or destructive resources. Social media has settings that also prevent unwanted activity, buildng healthy connections.
Debate Round No. 3
AthenaMusic10

Pro

If the case was that it could be stopped, than why is it not right now? I cannot see anyone dumb enough to know how to use a computer but not know how to turn off security settings. Cyber bullying is a big factor in all of this. More info on this can be found below:

http://mediasmarts.ca...

Teens are easily influenced by media today and it has a big impact on the rest of their lives. Teens also may be addicted to the internet. This is serious such as alcohol addiction or drug addiction. More info on this can be found below:

http://www.helpguide.org...
JamesChance

Con

The Pro, within the debate, slowly becoming self-aware and answering her own rhetoric:

The Pro:
(Round 3)

"Teens spend too much time on the computer..."

The Pro: (Round 4)
"I cannot see anyone dumb enough to know how to use a computer but not know how to turn off security settings."

Furthermore, Facebook has comprehensive settings to avoid your pessimism. And I will admit, this may be a shallow question, but Does the Pros' parent's monitor the time you spend outdoors vs the time you spend on the computer?

The Pro, and others must recognize, you do have free choice and the ability to change the outcome even if your naive and unaware as to how to change settings.
Debate Round No. 4
AthenaMusic10

Pro

My conclusion is that the internet and computer usage has many health risks and mental defects. The internet is a dangerous place and there are predators out there lurking in the shadows of cyberspace. It may also affect you for the rest of your life. Be careful. The internet, although has transformed the human life, may not be as safe as you think....
JamesChance

Con

The Pro was not able to adequately provide strength to her argument that Social Media has a Bad Impact in our lives Today. The sources the Pro cited also provided habits to curb the impact social media could negatively have. The Pro also completely ignored any argument or rebuttal of substance I presented. When you can't connect the direct causality to the impact I am not sure what more of an argument I can make on the subject. I will conclude with my opening statement because it still applies and was not refuted:

Social media is not a cause for abbreviated terminology, the attention span of teens, and how people communicate effectively. Social media has enriched our lives, connected us on a level unlike society has ever been in past generations, and through the wide-spread use of the internet has taught so many aspects of what many once considered unattainable due to a worldwide connectivity of facts, opinions, and innovated ideas.

I thank my opponent for the opportunity to debate.
Debate Round No. 5
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