*Not every persons statement reflects their own personal beliefs.*
For the Positive: Dylan
Social Media and Social Networking in particular wasn’t designed to destroy our relationships, but unfortunately it is. And it’s our fault. We haven’t taught ourselves how to properly use Facebook. And that may sound ridiculous, but how many people have ever gossiped, ‘mouthed’ or even said something mean to someone indirectly on Facebook. You know the whole “She is such a %#!$#” thing. Where it’s aimed at someone without names being used. Is that how we should talk to people offline? Is that why Facebook was created? Of course not. Then why do we do it? Because we do those things, people become hurt and upset and relationships and people break down. And if we continue to act in that manner we’re setting an example to younger people that that kind of behaviour is ok.
If we use Facebook irresponsibly through our actions and words we’re saying it’s ok to hurt people online, it’s ok to be a weak and hurtful person. That’s the example that’s being set. Take the story of the two American preteens who hacked into a similar aged girl’s Facebook account and posted sexually explicit images, insinuating that she was a prostitute. These girls were 12. What happened for those young girls to think that that was an ok thing to do. Sure we could can blame it on their parents, but the reality is unless we all take a stand to use Facebook correctly this behavior will continue.
Social Media is destroying relationships. Because we’re letting it.
For the Negative: Brayden
Some people have stated that social media will be the death of relationships, breeding generation after generation of socially awkward, fat, computer slobs who live in the fantasy realm of the interwebs. These people are wrong! And here is why.
Social media isn't a complete replacement for human interaction and conversation and in most cases it shouldn't be viewed as such. It is in fact an extension of the human to human experience, complimenting and enhancing relationships and communication. Never before have the people of planet Earth been so connected and in relation with one another than now in the present and this is almost solely due to social media. Yes the way that relationships are happening is changing, but I find it ridiculous to argue that the number one creator of relationships in the modern society is what is killing them. Blatant contradiction.
What do you think? Is Social Media destroying our relationships? YES or NO?
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