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Savage_girl
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MPrince9799
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does friendship need technology to survive

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Started: 6/29/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 2 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Savage_girl

Con

To start with Technology and friendship are two very distinct entities and to say one depends on the other would be silly. Friendship has lasted throughout the centuries and it did not need technology to sustain it. Good friends bond over mutual interests and respect for one another. While technology might help them keep in touch over a long distance, our ancestors have done the same in the past through simple mail. Technology is merely a tool, and the survival of friendship does not and never will depend on it.
MPrince9799

Pro

Technology has allowed us to live in the world we are living in today. Technology is the medium that allows people to communicate, socialize, and have interests. Without technology there would be no jobs, since any type of career requires a certain level of technology, even centuries ago. In a world without technology, humans would just be another species of animals on this planet. They would have no interests, hobbies,or ambitions. They would just live to eat, drink, and reproduce. Aside from the fact that there would be no opportunities for friendships, there would be no need for friendships.
Debate Round No. 1
Savage_girl

Con

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Technology is great for many things, but if you've ever had a misunderstanding with a friend over email or text message you know that communicating how you're feeling is not always one of them. It's often impossible to distinguish tone or intention through text, and that can easily lead to misunderstandings with loved ones.
MPrince9799

Pro

There is also no way for a friend to discern my emotions through written letters, and before writing was ever invented, it was impossible for two people to communicate over large distances. But as technology continues to progress, I believe that all these problems will easily be solved.
Debate Round No. 2
Savage_girl

Con

53% of teens who use social media have seen people post about events to which they were not invited. FOMO is never fun. And 42% have had someone post things on social media about them that they cannot change or control. Sadly, 21% report feeling worse about their own life because of what they see from other friends on social media. We all experience this though, and it"s important to remember that your feeds are probably making someone else a tad bit jealous too. Instead of feeling envious, try questioning yourself about why you"re feeling the way you do. Chances are, it"s something you can change, join in on too or aren"t even really interested in!
And it can cause major drama. 68% of teen social media users (52% of all teens) say they"ve experienced drama among their friends on sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc. And 26% of all teens have had a conflict with a friend over something that happened online or over text messages. If you know this person IRL through, it"s always a good idea to talk it out in person next time you see each other. It"s super easy to have a misunderstanding when you"re not face to face.
So, as you can see, technology can cause some friendships to end or create animosity
MPrince9799

Pro

I do concede that there are some negative aspects of social media, and that sometimes it can be a burden on relationships. However, the benefits of social media greatly outweigh the disadvantages. In retaliation to you point about events and not being invited: that has nothing to do with social media. In fact it has nothing to do with technology. Social media only serves to let people know of the events that are happening around them. The idea, organization, and hosting of any event are all actions of humans, not social media/technology. So blaming social media for people's actions is entirely unfounded.
I also don't think that the drama caused on social media is totally the fault of social media. As I mentioned before, social media is only a medium through which individuals communicate, and express themselves. And just like any other medium, the users are solely responsible for their actions through the medium, and not the medium itself. I don't have numbers, but it stands to reason that when teens experience drama on facebook, instagram, etc; it is more likely that the conflict is caused by the teens' behavior, and not by a simple misunderstanding, though that can rarely happen.
Again as I said before, social media is a fairly new invention. It will definitely get better as the time goes on, and the problems that we are facing now will surely be a thing of the past. It will allow people to connect much more effortlessly than ever before. It will help people to maintain relationships across different parts of the world, and even forge new ones.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by HushamFusion 2 months ago
HushamFusion
"We were just species without technology", see, this is where you got things wrong.
A hammer isn't technology. A sickle isn't technology. You don't need technology to survive. Simple tools aren't considered 'technology' and neither is a house or any other basic necessity.
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