From the Wires
Are social networking sites good for our society? ProCon.org injects nonpartisan research into both sides of the debate
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 12, 2012 03:55 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 47% of Americans who use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have spent billions of minutes social networking in 2012.
The increasing prevalence of social communication via computers, apps, and mobile devices has been constant and controversial. Is social media advancing beneficial social, political, and business changes, or is it causing a harmful dependence on screen-based technology and spawning less meaningful interpersonal relationships? Are we better off in our new world of constant connectivity, or has more communication brought more problems?
ProCon.org, a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking on controversial issues, debuts its revamped website Social Networking (http://socialnetworking.procon.org) and delves into the pros and cons of the core question "Are social networking sites good for society?"
Proponents of social networking sites say that the online communities promote increased interaction with friends and family; offer teachers, librarians, and students valuable access to educational support and materials; facilitate social and political change; and disseminate useful information rapidly.
Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children's brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information.
In addition to in-depth pro and con research, the revamped ProCon.org social networking website contains a historical background section, videos, photos, over 200 footnotes and sources, and Did You Know? facts including:
For pros, cons, and related research on whether or not social networking is good for society, visit http://socialnetworking.procon.org
ProCon.org websites are free of charge and require no registration. The websites have been referenced by over 700 media entities, cited 36 times by the governments of 11 countries (including 20 US states and seven US federal agencies), and used by teachers, librarians, and educators in over 3,300 schools in 50 countries and all 50 US states.
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