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Approximately seven out of 10 Americans utilize social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This is a 26 percent spike compared to a decade ago. Proponents of social media say that it has many advantages, but those who oppose it consider it to be detrimental and distracting.
This house believes that social media is beneficial to our society.
Well, social media improves people’s relationships and helps us to make new friends. According to the Pew Research Center, 93 percent of adults on Facebook say that they use it to connect with family members. Around 91 percent of them say that they use Facebook to get in touch with their current friends, and 87 percent say that they use it to reconnect with old friends from their past. In addition, 72 percent of all teenagers connect with their friends through social networking sites. Most of these teens report that social media makes them feel like they are more aware of what is happening in their friends’ lives. Furthermore, 70 percent of social media-using teens say that they feel like they are more in tune with their friends’ feelings, and 57 percent of them say that they have made new friends thanks to social networking sites.
Social media can make people feel stressed, and it can even lead to relationship problems in real life. According to Amanda Lenhart, a research specialist, 31 percent of teenagers who use social media have had fights with friends because of things that have happened online. A study from two years ago also found that being on social networking sites for too long may even decrease a young person’s chances of having successful relationships later in life. This is because online communication can hurt social skills, including conflict management skills and being aware of interpersonal cues. Another study found that Facebook gets stressful if you have too many friends on it. According to Professor Russell Clayton at Florida State University, researchers have discovered that “active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce.”