Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society?

Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society? As years pass by, social media seems to grow faster than we think. It is a generation where not even our parent’s would bother putting effort. Something that they can understand from it is that it’s distracting. Yes, social media may be entertaining to younger people, but it should not be the reason why they are failing or why their life is at risk. The word social media seems so vague that it seems so harmless, yet it is something that must be looked at. All of this began with the first media site,”SixDegrees.com, which existed from 1997-2001…” (“Social Networking”). Over a period of time, other social network sites ended up growing dramatically. For example, Facebook and Twitter, which are …show more content…
Yes, it may be something entertaining but it could cause a lot of damage on the long run. If society lets this go on it will soon become a habit that would be hard to break. Research shows, “students who used social networking while studying scored 20% lower on tests…” (“Social Networking”). If media brings scores that low then why bother using it. All that time spent on media and it could have been used on studying. No student would want to fail because of something so small. In addition, Tom Hodgkinson, writer for the Guardian stated, “I am merely spending… amusing photos in cyberspace, while chained to my desk?”(“Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?”). This clearly shows that instead of paying attention he is being distracted. Some may say they are on for a little bit, but once they are on they do not get off. Not every person would want to admit that they are more focused on social media than their paperwork. In fact,”40% of 8 to 18 year olds spend 54 minutes a day on social media sites”(“Social Networking”). That is basically an hour on social networking sites. It is amazing how students say they do not have enough time to study, when it is obvious they spend that amount of time on social …show more content…
They believe,”…social networking helps our relationships with friends (52%) and family (37%)…” (“Teen Social Media Infographic”). Supporters say it is a way to reach out to their peers. Plus it helps to meet new people that our friends already know. However, “32% reported using social media or texting during meals (47% of 18-34 year olds) instead of talking with family and friends” (“Social Networking”). This proves that yes it does help others get connected with friends, but it makes society lose focus on the people in front of them. Naturally, people tend to just go back and focus on their social media. According to Brendesna M. Tynes, PhP, Professor of Educational Psychology,”…online social environments provide training wheels, allowing young people to practice interactions with others in the safety of their homes” (“Are Social
Networking Sites Good for Our Society?”). This helps young adults get a little taste of how interactions go. It brings the confidence of a person to actually come out and speak. Once again, social media cannot always guarantee safety for the society. It clearly allows, “stalkers [to gain] information…” (“Social Networking”). These people maybe interacting with someone that has a fake profile picture. It opens opportunities for someone to hurt

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