Illustrative Composition Essay. Topic: How Social Media Affects People

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Unit 7: Nonfiction Essay: Illustrative Composition Topic: How social media affects people. Narrower Topic: Negative effects of television on children & teens I. Social media through television can have several negative effects on the younger generation A. Learning i. Has a significant deleterious effect on academic performance, especially reading ii. Takes time away from reading and schoolwork iii. Excessive television watching may have a deleterious effect on learning and academic performance iv. Increased chances of dropping out of school and decreased chances of getting a college degree B. Social i. Developing necessary mental and social skills ii. Spending time with peers and family iii. Learn to accept the stereotypes represented iv. Women are disproportionately represented (Overly sexualized or seen as objects/inferior) C. Nutrition i. Television takes time away from play and exercise activities ii. Excessive television watching contributes to the increased incidence of childhood obesity iii. Less physically fit and more likely to eat high fat and high energy snack foods iv. Many commercials promote unhealthy dietary practices v. Commercials for healthy food make up only 4% of the food advertisements shown vi. Can contribute to eating disorders in teenage girls vii. Eating meals while watching television may lead to less meaningful communication and, arguably, poorer eating habits D. Drugs (Alcohol & Smoking) i. On an annual basis, teenagers see between 1000 and 2000 beer commercials ii. Some shows depict underage drinking, sending the message that it is okay iii. Some shows regularly depict people smoking, giving the idea that 'cool people smoke'. It glamorizes smoking iv. Show alcohol and tobacco use as normal without conveying the long term consequences Television
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