Social Networking Sites Are Leading the Youth Astray! Debate

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On October 17, 2006, Megan Taylor Meier, an American teenager committed suicide by hanging three weeks before her 14th birthday. Her suicide was attributed to cyberbullying on MySpace by her friend's mother, Lori Drew. An example for one of the worst effects of social networking.

Honorable judges, teachers, friends & worthy opponents, I would like to share my views for the subject "social networking sites are leading the youth astray".

Two little words - "social networking" - have become a giant buzzphrase over the past couple of years. We can observe the worldwide march of social networks and headline-ready stories about Web-assisted suicides.

I can think of atleast 13 disadvantages of social networking.

1) Too Addictive
2) Detrimental effects on physical & mental health
3) Lack of development of social skills
4) Time Consuming
5) True identity is not known
6) Lack of Privacy
7) Youth are distracted
8) Lack of Copyright Privileges
9) Scams & Harassment
10) Influence of Too many people
11) Spreading malware
12) Spreading hate among communities
13) Even inciting revolutions

Statistics show that there are more than 750 million active facebook users and an average user has 130 friends. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.

An alarming amount of time is wasted on Social Networking sites by intelligent people. It has become a bona-fide addiction for many, negatively affecting their family relationships and even their work..Since they no longer have time for friends or family or for outdoor games, it has serious detrimental effects on both physical and mental health. Bored youngsters spend hours & hours reading their friends update's, viewing photos & videos, gaming, and doing everything else but their homework.

But do these social media sites really connect people? Don't they rather disconnect them, since instead of doing something enjoyable such as talking and eating and partying with friends, they are...
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