Does social media cause more harm than good?

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It is an undeniable fact that we live in a technologically advanced world where information is readily available to anyone, anytime and anywhere. This has made life so much easier and convenient for all, but just like everything in life that convenience comes with responsibility. If one is not careful about what they put out for the world to see they are putting themselves in danger of being victims of cyber bullying especially on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

In the Business Communication class, BBA 2 students took on a very engaging topic debating whether Social Media does more harm than good or more good than harm.

One group argued that social media is good for society because:
It allows people to communicate on a larger scale
It allows people freedom of speech
It’s a cost effective way for businesses to advertise their products and services
It helps people find common ground to fit in with society

The opposing team argued that Social Media is more harmful than good because:
Social Media advertising is immeasurable
It creates a lack of personal and interpersonal skills, because people are always on their phones they don’t interact with each other
It exposes kids to sexual predators as a result of easy access
It increases the chances of one having their identity stolen
Because of the style of writing people use on social media, they tend to forget the correct way of writing, which results in people being illiterate

The debate was quite heated; both teams presented strong facts to support their arguments. It was a difficult decision for the judges to make, but based on arguments brought forward, the conclusion was that Social Media does indeed cause more harm than good in society.