Does Social Networking Effect Our Society Negatively?

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Caitlin Larson Dr. Roloff Welch ENG-103- 24 July 2014 Research Paper- Draft #1 Does Social Networking Effect Our Society Negatively? How many of you use some kind of social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest? According to Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project states that “95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online” and “81% of online teens use some kind of social media.” Social networking sites have grown tremendously since the past. Social networking sites allow individuals to create a private, semi-private, or public profile where they are able to connect with people. Social networking sites allow many people of different groups, such as age, race, religions, and locations to…show more content…
With the amount of usage of social networking sites among our teenagers, this has raised a flag with academic procrastination. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, procrastination is “ to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.” Therefore, most of us can see it as a dedicated non-academic activity that results in the delay of completing an academic task. This shows that students are spending more of their time on nonacademic related activities instead of meeting the requirements for their academics. For instance, a problem of teenagers’ academic performance that is affected by social networking is the quality of their academic writing. Most teenagers may think that technology and the use of social networking sites does not negatively influence their writing, but little do they know it does. According to Writing, Technology, and Teens, Pew Internet & American Life Project, “nearly two-thirds of teens (64%) say they incorporate some informal styles from their text-based communications into their writing at school.” For example, we may see phrases in papers such as LOL (which stands for laugh out loud), BTW (which stands for by the way), and even IDK ( which stands for I don 't know). This could be a major reason why teenagers are being more reliant on the computer
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