Social Media And Its Effect On Society

1601 WordsMar 1, 20167 Pages
Thank you for your recent editorial titled “Hazards of Social Media” on your LinkedIn page on February 10th, 2016. It was very interesting to read your perspective on social media and its effect on society. Having an undergraduate major in Psychology at the University of Southern California and currently conducting research on social media usage at the Brain and Creativity Institute of USC, I have spent significant time researching the issue of social media.Though I agree that social media can be hazardous if not used effectively, I would like to point out a few flaws in your arguments. I will also state some of the major benefits of social media, along with substantial evidence to back up my statements. First, you described how teens are often addicted to social media, which can cause their grades to decline. Your sentence in the second paragraph, “Students who use social media had an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82 … As a result, social media caused the decline in grades” is true based on the research study conducted by Kirschner and Karpinski you referenced later. However, if you take a detailed look at the research study, there are several flaws in this quantitative study. With my Psychology research background, I was immediately able to notice the correlational flaws in this study. While the research does prove that students who used social media more had lower GPAs, this does not mean social media use causes low grades or vice versa.
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