[Sharing] Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society?

Around seven out of ten Americans (69%) use social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, as of 2018, up from 26% in 2008. On social media sites, users may develop biographical profiles, communicate with friends and strangers, do research, and share thoughts, photos, music, links, and more.

Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society? Here are some Proponents’ and Opponents’ argument.


Pro one

Social media spreads information faster than any other media. 78.5% of traditional media reporters polled used social media to check for breaking news. 59% of Twitter users and 31% of Facebook users polled followed breaking news on these sites.  Social media sites are one of the top news sources for 46% of Americans, compared to 66% for television, 26% for printed newspapers, and 23% for radio.

Con one

Social media enables the spread of unreliable and false information. 64% of people who use Twitter for news say that they have encountered something they “later discovered wasn’t true,” and 16% of Twitter news users say that “they had retweeted or posted a tweet they later discovered to be false.”

Pro two

Law enforcement uses social media to catch and prosecute criminals. 73% of federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals surveyed think “social media helps solve crimes more quickly.” A survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found that 85% of police departments use social media to solve crimes.

Con two

Social media lacks privacy and exposes users to government and corporate intrusions. 81% of people surveyed feel “not very” or “not at all” secure when using social media sites to share private information. 48% of people reported some difficulty in managing their privacy settings. 13 million users said they had not set or did not know about Facebook’s privacy settings.

Pro three

Social media sites help students do better at school. 59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social media to discuss educational topics and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments. After George Middle School in Portland, Oregon, introduced a social media program to engage students, grades went up by 50%, chronic absenteeism went down by 33%, and 20% of students school-wide voluntarily completed extra-credit assignments.

Con three

Students who are heavy social media users tend to have lower grades. 31% of teens say that using social media during homework reduces the quality of their work. Students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82. Students who used social media while studying scored 20% lower on tests.

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16 thoughts on “[Sharing] Are Social Networking Sites Good For Our Society?”

  1. Social media can be used for sharing information-its good that what you wish to share-you share-in today’s fast paced world-being informed is a good thing and sharing is also a good thing so I think merits of social media are much more than the demerits.

  2. In this world everything has pros and cons. Social media is very useful in many ways as compared to other media. It is only tool which can be accessible to a common person. It helps people to use their right of freedom of expression. It is not biased unlike other media because here everyone speaks without any fear. People speaks openly without being paid/bribed. Most importantly as you mentioned it is a very fast source of information/News.

    The only problem/cons of social media is that there is no check and balance for fake news. And I am in a big favor for authorities to make some mechanism to stop these fake news until unless it doesn’t compromise freedom of expression.

  3. Social Media Is Good Also And Bad Also..
    It Helps Us To Find Any Information Or Any Biography Quickly..
    On The Same Hand It Spreads Fake News Very Quickly..

  4. Social media has its pros and cons. But excessive use of something can lead to various problems which are mentioned above. So proper use of social media and limited usage can help in clearing some demerits. And again, it’s use depends on the individual using it. Use it only for work and switch if off when you are enjoying your best moments because there’s a world beyond the virtual world you are living in right now. And the world beyond it is very beautiful, it just needs to be explored.

  5. Social media is both a curse and a boon. But more than that what people think it is, we need to know how it affects us in our daily routine and how different our life is, more than what people think I think we need to realise that it has its pros and cons in their way but control is in our hand how we use it is the most important thing. There are limitless disadvantages and problems caused by internet. Though it has fastest speed of traveling news and feed it also puts a girl in trouble who’s MMS is leaked and travels faster than ever she could have control on. This is not the only thing there are many such things. people nowadays use apps to lose weight but at the same time people are gaining weight sitting on that couch and doing nothing. People should know that every thing has its limits but most importantly how we use it leads us to success. If we take this feed in a negative sense then definitely y’all will not get the right message but if you understand what I am trying you convey you’ll surely know how you should use your social media. Wisely and smartly. 😉

  6. Before enter into social media every one should control their mind. Every human being have an eager to look into the good / bad thing in the social media but we have to ignore that bad that lead to ruin us and concentrate on other useful one which develop / equip us

    1. Internet and social media are very important for all nowadays.Because with the help of internet we can solve our any problem like solving a problem related to study and most importantly we can find breaking news quickly. But excessive use of internet leads to the hazardous effect on our life. Nowaday every single person are joined on social media.social media is a tool which can help in fast spreading of any news. the news on the social media remain fake news sometime which can deflect our concentration on our work.

  7. “Technology & social sites are not intervention in our life until you use it & not let gadgets and technology use you.”

    When notification pop ups in gadgets , 80/90 users reach to the decree of thier gadgets & ask ‘master how can I serve u, what do you want me to do today’.

    For those 80 people, social sites are opposing,but for those 10 people it is like a boon of human resources.

  8. Internet is the most important source of comminucation in today’s era. Almost every single person depends on the social media in terms of many things such as it helps us to get useful information, many college students take help by browsing many websites on internet, etc.
    There are endless benefits of social media. But unnecessarily use of anything is very much hazardous to life. If we use social media more than our requirenment than it not only makes us lazy and clumsy but also we became unable to think properly. If we move towards internet for all very problem then it will reduce our power of thinking and eventually we will become dull and useless for everything. The social media has not been meant to be designed as a permanent fixture in our life to resolve our every days encountered problems but we should use alternative ways.
    The merits of internet is more as compared to demerits but in my opinion, it depends how it use. There is numerous privacy issues on social media it exposes the person towards the world. But if we set privacy appropiately in facebook and in other social media websites and don’t put unnecessary things on facebook then it should keep us safe from criminals

  9. Social media is not about share information just yet the people use it for grab money easily such as making a video for begin youtuber, writing for begin a blogger etc. You can use social media for all u need.

    1. According to everyone’s opinion, social media do have both con’s and pro’s. But now a days as we see the issues related to privacy and concerns, the crime rate is more comparatively. This is because of over usage of everyone despite of there ages. So if usage is only for knowledge gaining then there is no issues. But because of easy communications with strangers specially the teenagers and kids facing many problems. It’s highly impossible to change each and every individual mindset. So according to this generation Social media is not helpful physically and mentally.

  10. It’s depends on person to person how they are using it…..because ….but…In my opinion it is good for our society…..coz in this generation every one knows about social networking and 89% people were using social networking….and the news were also come in social networking….in news channels news were also come ….but in news channels…they were delay……and so on…..!!
    So in my opinion are social networking is good for our society…..


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