Essay on Social Media And Its Impact On Society

1648 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Over the course of the last two decades the use of social media has skyrocketed with over 72% of all online US adults, visiting Facebook at least once a month and Facebook adds 500,000 new users every day, that’s 6 new profiles every second. The benefits that social media could have on society has been overlooked and overshadowed by an uneducated view of the medium. Social media has benefited society because it provides immediate help during a crisis, because it can be used to monitor mental health, and because it promotes positive change within countries. Furthermore, social media can have a positive impact on society and ultimately benefit more people than it harms.
Background:
This is a debated topic because people are still unsure of the consequences of our long-term social media use. It is an important subject because in the article entitled Social networking sites and our lives, from June 2011, “74% of American adults online use social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, as of January 2014, up from 26% in 2008” (Hampton et al.). There are arguments for and against this topic with the bulk of the support coming from the increase in the amount of knowledge and information and support networks that have been created. On the other hand people argue that this same platform will lead to time wasted on frivolous activities and impressionable minds open to pedophiles and false information.
Argument 1:
First, social media has…

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