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Books disconect people from reality and internet and phones do not

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Started: 2/7/2017 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Books do in fact disconnect people from reality and the amount of people who read books has increased in recent years! Dare to apose me!


I think that the idea that phones don't disconnect people from reality is pure unsupported opinion, in that they do quite the opposite. In everything from phone addiction to isolating people Socially. While a book does much to opsite in ways such as stress reduction.

But let’s start with cell phone addiction. And yes you can be physically addicted to your cell phone. As James Roberts a marketing professor at baylor university explains that “Some cell phone users show the same symptoms that a drug addict might have [...] Certain people use smartphones to lift their moods. And is may take more and more time on those phones to provide the same level of enjoyment”(sciencenewsforstudents). Phone addiction is a physical change in the brain that’s seen by many drug addicts, only that your phone “has negative effects on closeness, connection, and conversation quality” as said by Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein in their research article (link below).

While on the other hand a book has a much more positive effect on people, being that i can reduce stress that holds you back from the world. Psychologists from the University of Sussex conducted research showing that reading reduces your stress level “because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and the distraction eases the tensions in muscles and the heart.” And go on to say “that subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles” ( This is important in that stress as a whole as “The continuous presence of stress hormones in the body may alter the operation and structure of some aspects of the nervous system”( as asid by HARRY MILLS, PH.D.

(Andrew K. Przybylski and Netta Weinstein )

Debate Round No. 1


OK my opponent didn't even talk about what i said! Lets start out with the fact that Socrates himself didn't even like writing and books! He is known for saying, "[Writing] will create forgetfulness in the learners souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves." plus books do make people antisocial because with a book you cannot actually talk to someone and read a book at the same time 1#. #2 with a phone there is something called text, talk, and face-time; all of which help to socialize you. with a book you cannot do this.

My opponent stated that books help with stress but how did my original argument have anything to do with stress? That is right, NOTHING. But since you have to bring this up ill have my argument about stress! Lawson Health Research Institute"s Alexandre Legros said, "a very large piece of research" shows that the field coming from cell phones, "can alter brain activity and physical responses, opening the possibility for therapy" for people with neurological disorders. Also there was a study done on people exposed to electromagnetic field from phones and not 1 of them had a decline in their health!

also history today said, "Roy Porter, in his Longman/History Today lecture, warns of the bad eyesight, poor posture, incomprehensible babblings, addled wits, depravity and worse that may befall those who immerse themselves too much in books."

Furthermore fiction books do completely disconnect you from reality. If im reading about magic dragons and fairies is it going to help me tell reality from fiction? NO!

I hope my opponent doesn't bring up some ridiculous point about something that i did not even bring up. My original post was about books disconnecting you from reality and making you antisocial.
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Posted by ProjectX_54 2 years ago
You are a fool
Posted by MagicAintReal 2 years ago
I wouldn't dare apose you.
Posted by Debatwinnerpro 2 years ago
ok then debate me if you think that
Posted by JonHouser 2 years ago
This depends entirely on what you are reading. If you read fiction novels, then you are partially correct. But if you are reading non-fiction books on leadership, history, government, religion, etc., then you will find yourself more engaging and more engaged with people. I could recommend 6 books that would make you a much more engaging person in the battle for Freedom in America.
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