Social Networking - Argumentative Paper

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In modern day society social networking has worked its way into the lives of millions of adolescents, taking a permanent place, becoming something that many teens would say they couldn’t live without. Our youth is becoming dependent on social networking sites such as facebook, myspace, twitter and pinterest. It is time to limit how involved the youth today is with social networking. The scientific community has only just begun to discover the various risks and benefits associate with social media and the ways in which it is changing everything from human interaction to childhood development. Dr. Larry D. Rosen of the California State University psychology department has been studying the effects of technology on people for more than 25 years. Rosen’s study “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids” brought about worrying information on social networking. Adolescents and young adults who are tirelessly logged on to Facebook are prone to show psychological disorders, such as mania, paranoia, aggressive tendencies and amplified alcohol use. Research has also shown that social networking sites can be very addictive. The addictive nature of social media leads to eating disorders, obesity, heart problems, sleep disorders, and other pertinent health issues. These youths similarly displayed more narcissistic tendencies, which are bolstered by their ability to relentlessly broadcast information about themselves through Facebook. Not shockingly, middle school and high school students who logged into Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study session received lower grades. Rosen and his team found that most students were only able to maintain focus on their studies for two or three minutes before distracting themselves with technology, like text messages, mobile apps or the Web. People who use social networking sites for their daily communication
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