Affirmative

Social media is harming the mental health of its users.

Social media connects people from all over the world. The problem is that not everyone knows how to disconnect. With constant streams of tweets, and status updates, social media can create a never-ending negative loop. The active user especially can feel a sense of pressure to stay active online. Many experience a need to be responsive on social media 24/7, feeling compelled to answer texts or direct messages almost immediately. That sense of obligation to be available and the emotional investment are affecting their mental health

A new study has found that users who engage with social media during the night could be damaging their sleep and increasing their risk of anxiety and depression. Social media users spoke about the pressure they felt to make themselves available 24/7, and the resulting anxiety if they did not respond immediately to texts or posts. Active users are so emotionally invested in social media that a great majority of users will wake up at night and log on, just to make sure they don’t miss out.

Perhaps the worst thing about this is that night time social media use could be detrimental to ones health. Research has shown that the nine hours of sleep is best recommended for a healthy rest. But, on average active social media users only get six the most seven hours. A lack of sleep can make teenagers tired, irritable, depressed and more likely to catch colds, flu and gastroenteritis.

In summary, I believed that the research found in these studies strongly affirm that the use of social media is harmful to the body’s health. Recently, I am always tired at school, and I’m not one to stay up until four am chatting with friends, but I am the one to always be on my phone using these social media platforms.  I personally have experienced how harmful social media can be. Change needs to be made, because if not, things will great worse.

Refutation

Ten cases in which people were fired for social media posts

In this article posted by CNN, it showed 10 cases in which employees learned the hard way about what to post and not to post on social media. In all ten cases someone, in some way was fired for something said within the post. In all ten instances, the post on social media could have been avoided and was completely inappropriate.

 

I honestly think that all of these people got what they deserve because the posts could have been avoided and were massively inappropriate. For instance, a former MLB player tweeted out after a baseball game “Congratulations to all the dirty Mexicans.” Like are you serious? There is absolutely no reason why that should ever be posted on social media. I understand that it is a personal account and people should be able to post what they want on their personal account, but there is a time and a place for everything, especially when you’re a professional. As a professional, you are held to a higher standard than people who aren’t, because you have people who look up to you and try to emulate what you do. On top of that, anyone can access your social media so kids can easily see what people are posting.

 

The author of the articles does not think that these people should get in trouble on the grounds that it is on their personal account and that is away from work. I understand where is he coming because people always say we need to separate our work life and personal life. I do realize this, but anyone can from work can access your personal life because its social media and that is not private. People need to understand that anyone can see what is posted on social media networks and that there really is no way to hide that. So again, I completely disagree with the author of the article.

 

To summarize, I think that the people in these ten cases were completely wrong and should have been fired for their posts, and this goes against what the article states. Social media isn’t private and people look up to professionals so you cannot just be willy-nilly and say whatever you want without consequences. People also can’t separate work life and personal life on social media because again anyone can access that.

Miscellaneous

Can social media have negative effects on a person’s health?

I’m sure you all have heard this before: social media is bad for you….. Or something remotely close to that. Well, too much time on social media can possibly be bad for your health.

Some of the negative effects social media can have on your health are

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Isolation
  • Decreases Physical activity

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“Some studies, like one by the University of Maryland, have shown that all this use of social media can lead to an actual addiction.”

Click here to read more about it!

Affirmative

You Have Been Terminated

POP QUIZ: Which of the following can you get fired for?

  1. Hanging political cartoons on your office wall
  2. Having a Trump bumper sticker
  3. Writing a blog about your views on a campaign (oops)
  4. All of the above

The answer is 4! If you’re a non-union private employee, your boss pretty much has the right to control your political actions. For the approximately 85% of the work force that is private employees, the first amendment offers no protection from being fired for something you said/posted. But how does something you post affect your boss, job, or company you work for so much that it constitutes getting kicked to the curb?

In “Yes, You Should Get Fired For That,” Suzanne Lucas explains that bad judgement is not only limited to online behavior! Companies need employees they can trust, so why would they wish to keep employees who, for example, express on Facebook about an incident with their boss. If you do not get along with your boss, and you are bold enough to post it on social media, you should understand that the internet is not private and there is a good chance they will see it. You can’t really blame them for firing someone who posts negatively on social media about them! As for dealing with the irritation of conflicting political views in the workplace, termination on the grounds of this makes sense. A company wants employees that identify with them and have the same goals, so conflicting views does not benefit the company in any way. There are plenty of people who may identify with the company better than you can, and from a business perspective, this is appropriate grounds for termination.

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Lucas also goes on to explain that employers should be able to presume loyalty. By this, she means that employers should be able to trust that employees will not post information online that will harm the company. From the employer’s point of view, if you applied for the job, it should mean you want the job, and if you want the job, why would you post negatively about it? This, again, is grounds for firing. If you are not loyal to the company, there is a good chance someone else would be.
My final thought on this issue is that employers and employees need to be cautious when approaching social media at work. If you are not protected, understand that there are grounds (and great possibility) for termination.