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Do the benefits of social media outweigh the harms?

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  • Yes because they can keep in touch with friends

    Yes because it shows them news from places and they can talk to friends from different countries or friends rom different states and see what they are doing. For example, I have a friend from Australia named Jack we met in Hawaii a couple months ago and I am able to keep in touch with him if he ever comes to the U.S. again or I go to Australia we can hang out that is why it is better for kids to have social media

  • Social Media Affects Change

    Without social media, the Arab Spring would not have occurred. News spread by social media websites, which grew into protests and eventually revolutions in several nations. Without social media, the Iranians wouldn't have be incensed by their government's use of force in the June 2009 election protests. Social media is much more helpful rather than harmful.

  • Yes, they probably do.

    The benefits of anything reach a critical point and then drop when people misuse it. Social media is a good thing when it allows people to connect with each other. After all, many of us had "pen pals" when we were young. But when people overuse and risk breaking in person connections with each other, the harm begins to be primary.

  • At this time, the benefits of social media outweigh the harms.

    At this time, the benefits of social media outweigh the harms. Social media, despite its pitfalls, remains an efficient and convenient resource for making quick contact with friends, family and associates. Whether those benefits will continue to outweigh the harms as the debate regarding internet privacy continues to esclate remains to be seen, however.

  • Getting in touch with lost friends

    I have heard numerous stories of people finding long lost friends, and even family members, with the help of social media sites. I have reconnected with a couple of friends this way myself. For that reason, I think social media sites do more good than harm. Yes, some people waste tons of time on social media posting worthless pictures and meaningless updates, but that's their choice and their problem.

  • Social media has its good point

    Yes. Social media has its good and part, but I believe that the good does outweigh the bad. Social media keeps people connected and it also fosters connects with those that we may wish to be connected with. It give employers a way to get to know their future or present employees and so on. If it is used correctly, social media can do more good than harm.

  • Yes they do

    It is very true that the benefits of social media do indeed outweigh what some people may view as the negative consequences of it. Social media can have huge positive impacts on us as a whole ranging from all sorts of things. For example it is reconnecting people back together.

  • Social Media: The Pros Weigh In

    A few highly publicized incidents of bullying through social media have occurred, but these people are already being bullied at school. While these incidents are very wrong, social media is a good avenue for interpersonal connection and business networking. Social media should not be curtailed, but people who abuse it should be prohibited from using it again.

  • Resolved: Do the benefits of social media outweigh the harms? Neg

    Resolved: Do the benefits of social media outweigh the harms? As the neg side we negate this resolution. We will begin by clarifying the main definitions. We will also specify why we win this debate.

    We define media as The main means of mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet)
    sourced from Oxford dictionary

    We will present 3 contentions. Our first contention is Misinformation harms the U.S more than it benefits. Bias information most commonly occurs in social networking sites and news programs. With bias information many people can be influenced and be taught things they are not fully capable of undertaking. If people are commonly exposed to something extreme, they grow accustomed to it. As a result they are desensitized to change and grow on the bias idea, not generating any social benefits.
    Racism and discrimination can grow due to heavily biased articles targeting one specific culture. An example may be how African-Americans are portrayed in our media. Television has been cited for broadcasting material that displays an overrepresentation of African Americans as lawbreakers. The general public continuously portrays degrading stereotypical content of many ethnic groups regardless of personality. Currently many people are being fed bias information from popular news outlets such as Fox news, CBS Evening news and many others as well. According to a study by The Pew Research Centre finds that consistent conservatives:
    Are tightly clustered around a single news source, far more than any other group in the survey, with 47% citing Fox News as their main source for news about government and politics.

    Epidemiological studies have suggested that the incidence of eating disorders among adolescent girls has increased over the last 50 years.
    A sub-contention we would like to introduce is the desensitizing effects of violent media. Most of the top-selling video games (89%) contained violent content, almost half of which was of a serious nature. Additionally On December 10th, 2003, Fox news failed to take out some harsh swears during the Billboard Music Awards while over 2 million, 2-17 year olds were watching. Our children and future generations are prone to becoming desensitized to media profanity and violence. The violence constantly shown in public have severe cognitive and affective outcomes such as increased belief that violence is normative and decreased attention to violent events. In adulthood this can result in increased aggression, higher likelihood of initiating aggression, and more persistent aggression. Again this will only deter our future generation, therefore it is not beneficial for the U.S public.
    For these reasons, please vote pro, thank you.

  • The benefits do not out weigh the harms

    As bullying is easy to do through social media. Many people have committed suicide or have self harmed due to bullying through social media. CyberBullyHotline indicates that 4500 kids commit suicide each year due to cyber bullying. If 4500 children commit suicide each year because of cyber bullying through social media, that alone proves just how bad social media can really be.

    Social media is also an easy place for people to groom children because they can create a profile that is not even truthful in part and then get children to meet up with them. It is an easy way to get children to trust them because they can hide behind false information and gain information about that particular child.

    Social media is good in part because people can connect with their old friends that they wouldn't have a chance to communicate with otherwise. Whilst there are some benefits, they do not outweigh the risks or harms.

  • Social media can actually do more harm than good

    Today, social media is everywhere. Playing a big role in people’s life, social media has made interactions among people easier. Although social media is so easy to use, it brings us many problems as well. In other words, social media has been an essential means of communication, but it can be harmful intentionally or unintentionally. Since we now live in this modern internet society, social media users should think twice before publicizing their posts on the internet.

    The website called CyberBullyHotline indicates that 4500 kids commit suicide each year due to cyber bullying. An example of unintentional harm with social media is seen in Sue Scheff’s recent writing about “accidental” cyberbullying for the Huffington Post. She describes incidents where teens say things to others, usually online, that are not intended to be hurtful, but are experienced as such. Even though it is not our objective, our words can be taken out of context by others when they are read and regurgitated, amplifying our digital footprint. This can happen offline as well, of course, but technology certainly makes it easier to obscure actual intent. Many of us know from experience that social media often leads to more frequent misunderstandings as communication occurs without important facial expressions, vocal intonations, or other interpretive behavioral cues that provide color and context to what is being conveyed. I agree that it is common for teens to say things to classmates or best friends without malice or harmful intention, yet the comments are misinterpreted thus resulting in harm.

    Another case relating to the issue of intentional or unintentional harm on social media is about Adria Richards tweeting about a man’s comment, according to the CBSNews. Regarding Richards’s case, CEO Jim Franklin’s said, “Her decision to tweet the comments and photographs of the people who made the comments crossed the line; publicly shaming the offenders was not the appropriate way to handle the situation." Therefore, people commented that Richards’ act of publicizing others’ comments without their consent is clearly illegal and should be banned at any cost.
    “Social media can be as harsh and as unjust as anything humans develop to police each other,” said Anna North, a culture editor at Salon Media Group. Social media has been an essential means of communication, and the internet is where users’ privacy is being violated as their personal pictures and comments are illegally publicized. In order to protect their privacy and to avoid any inconvenience or annoyance, users of social media must be careful when sharing their information online. Again, social media users should think twice before posting something. We always have to remember that social media can actually do more harm than good and those who publicly shame others now open themselves up to public shaming too.

  • No, the benefits of social media don't outweight the harm.

    Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, really doesn't serve society. Most people who use Facebook, as an example, would admit to posting a biased view of their lives. This tends to make others jealous, and they, in turn, post with the same mindset. We aren't seeing our friends and other people as they really are, and accepting one another with all our flaws and quirks. Facebook also has removed privacy--photos may be posted of us online publicly without our permission. As someone who has decided not to join Facebook, I feel nothing in my life is missing from this choice. The one regret is that some people refuse to be in contact with me if I'm not a friend on Facebook. Things like that show how harmful social media can be, and how much it's changing the way we socialize with others.


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