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Is social media to blame for worsening the mental health of teens?

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Started: 9/13/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Yes. There are a numerous number of social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, snap chat, the list continues. It puts increased pressure on teens, feeling as if they need to stay up to date with the latest celebrity uploads etc. many teens also eat into their sleeping time, causing fatigue, anxiety and depression.


Rebuttal: My opponents raise the point that most teenagers stay up late, purely to keep up-to-date with social media. S/he also suggests that it cuts into a teenagers sleep time, well according to Pew Research Center. Most people that utilize a social networking site such as Facebook will spend a maximum of 40 minutes a day, and the time that an average teenager is active on a social networking site is between 3:00pm- 9:00pm an average teenager requires 9 and a half hours of sleep according to BetterHealth, also school times are around 8:30am teenagers that would get to sleep at 10:00pm will reach the recommended time to sleep. This means that uses social media casually which is around the %72 mark of children using social media. They will have enough sleep.This would rule out my opponents arguments.
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First argument, if a teenager were to not use social media in any form. It would be immensely hard to interact with most children due to the mass use of it. In a day and age of technological supremacy, a teen without any social media will not only find it hard to interact, but would be left out of numerals events, and other social functions! This can be more than detrimental to their social perspective of life, it could remove it completely!
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I now coclude and await my opponents argument.
Debate Round No. 1


Firstly, I would like to rebut some of the flaws in the oppositions arguments. Firstly, the topic is written "is social media to blame for worsening the mental health of teens". The opposition failed to either define the term "mental health" or make any reference to it in their first argument. The disuse of social media is not going to have any detrimental effects on the individual's life. We are not saying that to remove all technology from teenagers, but rather we are questioning whether the use of social media has the possibility of being unhealthy for a teenager's mental health.

I would like to define mental health as being a state of healthy, stable lifestyle with a sense of well-being, confidence, and self-esteem.

my argument: the use of social media can be seen to be having negative stigma's of the perfect life, the perfect diet, the perfect body, the list goes on, which is increasingly negatively affecting the self-esteem of many young people. This sense of perfection, everywhere. We see it all over social media, celebrities striving to be perfection, posts on the perfect group of friends, how many likes an individual can get on their photo etc.

awaiting opponents next argument


Rebuttal: Firstly my opponent has failed to define mental health in his argument himself, s/he has provided no factual evidence in the entirety in all of his arguments, which then we can conclude that his arguments on a science-based debate, are completely positive and hold no real scientific evidence. In my opponents argument s/he never refers to "some teens" but teens themselves. That means that my opponent thinks that ALL Teenagers use social media, in every argument s/he makes presumptions that all teens use it, which is an unscrupulous thing to say, very few teens do not use it. My opponent also raises the point all teenagers that use social networking to share the same attributes as well, also s/he says that young persons always envy celebrities, and their lifestyle. This, in my opinion, is stereotyping.

Now, social networking is a platform used to connect persons with one another. And that's it's prime purpose, that's what most normal teens use it for. But there is a smaller portion of teens that envy celebrities too much and have become famous for it. (Note: This is what my opponent stereotypes all teens off) Social networking was made to connect one another and provide a service to talk to friends and to be ultimately in-contact. Which in no way worsens mental health for teens.

I would like to summarise my point, that social networking was built in a way that it cannot ruin your mental health directly.
I open up to my opponent to rebutt and present his arugments.
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