In today’s society, billions of people across the world are accessing the internet multiple times a day. Why wouldn’t they? Many people have the internet on their smart phones, and at the touch of a button can check their email, their Facebook, their bank account balance, movie times, you name it. One of these things, however, usually consumes more of the user’s time than the others. Yes, you guessed it: Facebook. Any social networking site or application, actually, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or something similar, seems to easily suck up hours of a person’s day. Young children and teens are accessing these sites while at school, and as soon as they get home from school. Adults are accessing these sites while at work and those who are married or have children are often choosing to spend time checking their “walls” or profiles rather than spending time with their loved ones. There is no doubt that there are certain social benefits to these sites; many people say we need them to keep in touch with friends. However, the benefits do not outweigh the problems they cause. Social networking causes children and adults to be lazy and overweight, less productive at school and work, and, ironically, causes them to be anti-“social.” For these reasons, social networking is bad for society and should not be used.
The first reason that social networking is bad for society is that it makes people lazy and overweight. About two decades ago, when people were bored, they would go outside and do something. You could go ride a bike, take your dog for a walk, play a round of baseball, or hit the gym and exercise. Nowadays, many people just go on their phones and “tweet” about how bored they or scroll through a friends new pictures and click the “like” button a few times. Sure, social networking might give you something “to do,” but really, you aren’t doing anything! Especially in American society, where the obesity rate has skyrocketed, the last thing we need is for our next generation is to encourage them to sit on the couch all day looking through these sites. Furthermore, while people are looking through these sites, they’re probably munching on something and snacking away. Social networking is bad because it encourages people to lounge around and become physically inactive.
The second reason that social networking is bad for society is that it makes people less productive at school and work. First, let’s take children and teens. Some of them may not be allowed to log on to these sites at school, but many of them do it from their phones secretly during lunch or break. Furthermore, as soon as school is over, many of them log on all the way from the walk home to the time they do their homework. Many students even go on these sites while they are doing their homework. Say, for example, that a young girl is working on an essay, and stops to reply to a comment on her “wall.” Next thing she knows, she is checking the profile of the friend who left the comment and finds out her friend’s relationship status has changed. Then, she checks the profile of her friend’s ex-boyfriend, and pretty soon, this young girl has wasted two hours cyber-stalking her friend’s friend’s sites and messaging people to get to the bottom of who broke up with who. Who wants to bet that the young girl is going to get a bad grade on that essay? The same can happen with adults at work. We all know parents and adults have Facebook these days. Just imagine is something similar happened to a man who was supposed to have a report done for his boss by the end of the day. Or even worse, if the boss happened to walk by and catch his employee checking his Facebook. Social networking certainly has no benefits to those who are trying to get work done at school or at their jobs.
One final reason that social networking is problematic is that causes people to only talk to each other online rather than in person. How many...