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Pipe_Dreamer
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MohitPillay
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The Internet is disrupting human relationships

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Started: 8/24/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Pipe_Dreamer

Pro

I believe that the net is building a barrier between the individual and their family/friends. With the worldwide popularization of social networking websites like facebook, twitter, etc we are losing out on precious family time or going for long drives with friends.
We have developed the habit of being stuck to our laptops/mobile phones checking status updates and reblogging posts on tumblr/twitter. The more we try to stay connected via the Internet, the more it is pulling us away from actual interactions.
MohitPillay

Con

Let me bring this to your notice that its net that is giving two unknown individuals like you and me to share our thoughts and opinions on topics and learn different perspective of others. Social networking is suppose to provide additional way for individual to stay connected in this fast world where people need to check there schedule before they can meet. Friends and relatives that are physically away from one another, can instantly reach you and make it look like you are still an important part of there life. It has made world a smaller place and no distance is long enough to keep your loved ones away from you. But some people are addicted to it in the same way they were to Televisions, Games, and to other distractions. Excess of anything is bad and this includes social networking. You cannot blame restaurant for you being overweight, its bad unhealthy eating habits. Personal relationships can be disturbed significantly only be individuals involve in it. Material world including internet has little impact on it depending on the way it is used.
Debate Round No. 1
Pipe_Dreamer

Pro

By human relationships I mean having actual contact with people. Relationships that symbolize personal sentiment and intimacy. On social media sites, relationships are way too impersonal to make a significant impact on your life. People converse here in order to discuss socio-political/economic/cultural topics and also because we crave social interaction. But this is merely an interaction between two individuals holding little sentimental value.
Of course I agree that sometimes it enables an individual to stay connected to their family/friends when they are away but it's just a meagre substitute as this sort of interaction does not give you any physical warmth. It's not very satisfactory.

Coming back to my previous point, I feel that in a lot of cases it is the wonders of the Internet that keep us away from our loved ones. We are too busy chatting with a random stranger on omegle who we'll probably never talk to again, or watching a YouTube video. You may have over a thousand friends on facebook but in real life, you might just have 3 or 4 and even they suffer because you're too busy talking to your internet friends than the ones who see you everyday. Sitting in front of the screen and painting an exquisite and desirable picture of yourself is very easy because it's usually your word taken for granted. It's not very real at the end of the day because you want the other internet friend to think of you in a particular way which in most cases isn't really you. And while you're wasting all your time on the Internet creating a little story, it's the ones that have been an integral part of your life that get hurt and I think it's unjust and ungrateful on our part.
MohitPillay

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Pipe_Dreamer

Pro

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MohitPillay

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
Pipe_Dreamer

Pro

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MohitPillay

Con

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