Effects of Social Media

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University of Trinidad and Tobago
School for Studies in Learning Cognition and Education
EDFN111B – Academic Reading, Writing and Research
Student Name: Clifford Pierre
Student ID: 57420
Assignment Due Date: 3rd April, 2012
Assignment: Argument Essay
Instructor: Mrs. Andrews

Topic: Effects of Social Media on Adolescents

Thesis Statement: As with virtually any use of the internet, using social networks becomes a risk to adolescents more often than most realize.

TOPIC| TOPIC SENTENCE|
Privacy Issues| 1. Social media allows youths to share private information that can lead to exploitation and abuse.| Cyberbullying| 2. There are many reports of youths affected by cyberbullying – the relentless online teasing, ostracizing, harassing, or threatening.| Indecent Exposure| 3. On social networks, there is no regulation of material; consequently, youths are at risk of exposure to explicit material. | Addiction| 4. Social media can become addictive, consuming excessive amounts of time and distracting youths from more vital activities.| Reputation| 5. Many youths are oblivious to the fact that social media carve out a reputation that can be difficult to erase. | Socializing Skills| 6. Overuse of online social media can increase social isolation as well as depression when it replaces more tangible forms of human contact.|

Opposing Point: . Social media sites allow teens to accomplish online, many of the tasks that are important to them offline: staying connected with friends and family, making new friends, sharing pictures, and exchanging ideas (O’Keefe G. S. 2011, Impact of Social Media). Rebuttal : “One of the ironies of Social networks,” writes Don Tapscott (2008) in his book Grown Up Digital , “is that while it makes staying in touch easier when family members are physically apart, it can also keep them apart when they’re at home.”

In recent years, the internet has sparked a revolution that has had a profound effect on youths. In many lands the computer has become a lifeline of the adolescent social world. Social networking sites have opened up a whole new world of possibilities. A social network is a Website that allows users to share information with a selected group of friends. Hundreds of social networks exist, and the most popular one, Facebook, has some eight hundred million members. “You can be relatively friendless in real life and then suddenly have hundreds of friends online” says an eighteen-year old youth from the United States (Benefits of Facebook, 2007). Few would deny that social networks have numerous benefits. For many people, however, there are major concerns about the effects of social networking on adolescents. As with virtually any use of the internet, using social networks becomes a risk to adolescents more often than most realize.

Social networks allow youths to share private information that can lead to exploitation and abuse. Profile data, photos, status updates, and comments reveal information that many predators use to their advantage. The information divulged on social networks includes a person’s address, school, date of birth, phone number and other personal details. Once youths post the information online, it is in the public domain. Even if there are restrictions to profiles and photos, anything that is posted can be made more public than intended. Sites divulging such details are often magnets for unscrupulous adults, who use the sites as hunting grounds for their perverse intentions. Sadly, many naïve youths have unwittingly become ensnared by giving out personal information online that have resulted in harmful consequences. According to one study in the United States, “one-in-five kids who use the Internet have been solicited for sex.” It also stated that one child in thirty-three, between ages ten and seventeen, were “aggressively stalked” through computer conversations. These stats alone are a cause for concern to the use of...
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