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.