Essay about Social Networking Has Caused More Harm Than Good to People

927 Words May 7th, 2013 4 Pages
Good day Mr. Chairman, Panel of Judges, Accurate Timekeeper, Co-debaters, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am here to support the motion that social networking has done more harm than good to Nigerian youths.

Social networking has become a major part of society. Even big businesses and celebrities are jumping on the social networking bandwagon. Many people wake up each day and check social websites first thing in the morning instead of reaching for a newspaper. According to Mashable.com, as of June 2010, American Internet users spend more than 22 percent of their online time using a social networking site. Since people are spending such a large amount of time surfing social networks, it is important to point out some of the positive and negative
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Before social networking, much of the publication world and promotion world was dominated by industry leaders and celebrities. Now anyone can create a product, image or brand and find a following online. Ebooks are gaining more respect and popularity thanks to electronic reading devices. In the days before social networking, unknown authors would have to query big publishing houses and hope for a bite. Now anyone who believes in their book can create an ebook on their own and promote it on social websites.
Another drawback to social networking is that some users are simply sharing too much information. People can lose their jobs or a friendship over leaking information on social networks. Even if a user of a social site has her privacy settings on the highest level, their information can still be passed on by someone on their friends list. It doesn't take much for an angry follower to copy and paste a status or download a picture if they are looking for revenge.
Social media networks, such as Facebook or Twitter, should bring you closer to your family and friends. When you find that you turn down plans to go out with people in real life to spend time on a social network, this may indicate a problem. Letting your time online overtake the time you spend with people offline makes people around you feel hurt and neglected. Eventually, your relationships with those near you fail and you become isolated.
Social networking also causes loss of sleep or…

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