Social Networking Sites Are Good Or Bad For Society

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Social media is a term that does not need to be defined, everyone knows what social media is. Even people in the most distant of places have heard, or even use, social networking sites. People today use social networking sites on a regular basis. Today’s society uses sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as a way to stay in touch with current events, family members, and with their friends. According to the Pew Research Center, “seventy-six percent of [today’s society] uses social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, as of July 2015, up from Twenty-six percent in 2008” (Pew Research Center). Since so many people use social networking sites, controversy has risen on whether social networking sites are good or bad for society. Research shows that social networking sites affect society is very negative ways, which include: terrorists’ attacks, identity theft, cyberbullying, online predator attacks, sexting, addictions, and personality and brain disorders. Among the positive effects of social media are; small business success, finding new and old friends, and the spread of breaking news moments after the news happens. Despite social media’s many positive effects, research shows that social media does more damage than good to our society.
First, a big issue that has risen thanks to social media is that terrorist groups use social networking sites to not only recruit new members but also to spread fear. Los Angeles Times writers,
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