Persuasive Essay on Social Networking: Con

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In today’s society, billions of people across the world are accessing the internet multiple times a day. Why wouldn’t they? Many people have the internet on their smart phones, and at the touch of a button can check their email, their Facebook, their bank account balance, movie times, you name it. One of these things, however, usually consumes more of the user’s time than the others. Yes, you guessed it: Facebook. Any social networking site or application, actually, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or something similar, seems to easily suck up hours of a person’s day. Young children and teens are accessing these sites while at school, and as soon as they get home from school. Adults
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Furthermore, while people are looking through these sites, they’re probably munching on something and snacking away. Social networking is bad because it encourages people to lounge around and become physically inactive. The second reason that social networking is bad for society is that it makes people less productive at school and work. First, let’s take children and teens. Some of them may not be allowed to log on to these sites at school, but many of them do it from their phones secretly during lunch or break. Furthermore, as soon as school is over, many of them log on all the way from the walk home to the time they do their homework. Many students even go on these sites while they are doing their homework. Say, for example, that a young girl is working on an essay, and stops to reply to a comment on her “wall.” Next thing she knows, she is checking the profile of the friend who left the comment and finds out her friend’s relationship status has changed. Then, she checks the profile of her friend’s ex-boyfriend, and pretty soon, this young girl has wasted two hours cyber-stalking her friend’s friend’s sites and messaging people to get to the bottom of who broke up with who. Who wants to bet that the young girl is going to get a bad grade on that essay? The same can happen with adults at work. We all know parents and adults have Facebook these days. Just imagine is something similar happened to a man who was supposed to have a
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