Sophomore English 1
14 December 2015 Positive/Negative Social Media Paper Many researchers, journalists, and even psychologists have done research on the effects of cell phones and whether they are as good as we truly believe they are. Dr. Keith
Ablow, a psychiatrist who writes for FoxNews.com, wrote the following statement: “The psychological epidemic dissolves courage and compassion and is the most virulent and dangerous one our culture and the world has ever faced. It could ruin us.” Are cell phones really as big of a problem as Dr. Keith Ablow makes them out to be? Are they really making us lonely and suicidal like Alexandra Sifferlin and David D. Luxton believe? Or are people not looking at the benefits and the realistic side, like I believe? All these journalists can see one story and link how a cell phone might have linked to it. They can go and write a convincing story about how “bad” cell phones are but I think you have to look at it from every aspect and also look at some of the benefits, as well as the negatives. Cell phones can be used to access a wide plethora of information, connect with those all over the world, and get yourself out there, such as a business, program, or organization.
Certainly, there have been a lot of articles published lately that indicate the negative effects of social media. For Instance, Alexandra Sifferlin, an author for
TIME Heathland, asserts that it makes you lonely and depressed. She cites a study by Hanna Krasnova that indicates people are reducing their use because it makes them lonely. From this perspective,
one can see how this might be true, yet i maintain that this is going to happen anyways in life and shouldn’t be blamed on social media.
Another proponent of social media safeguards, Bonnie Rochman, another author for
TIME, cites the American Academy of Pediatrics who argue that pediatricians should discuss social media depression
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