Argumentative Essay on Social Media 2
Did you know that teens who use social media and the internet more often are less likely to graduate and go to college? Before social media and the internet became popular, teens did not have a device that could distract them from doing their homework and studying. In contrast, teens in our world today are more focused on what is going on in their social life instead of focusing on academics. Social media and the internet has changed the way that teens think and act in our world today. Teens should reconsider the time that they spend on social media/the internet and instead devote their time to doing their work and studying; as a result, they might find that they benefit academically from spending less time on social media/internet.
Social media can be associated with many other topics like mental health issues, cyberbullying, and business advertising. This topic that should have more significance because social media can possibly affect a teens future. If this topic was addressed more often then it could bring awareness to the issue. Social media is harmful to teens and it brings up bad habits that can carry on after high school. Getting good grades is important to a lot of teens, but using too much social media could potentially prevent teens from getting grades that they want. It is important to acknowledge how harmful social media can be to teens when it comes to academics. Because it could send a message to teens that using too much social media is not good for their own grades.
Social Media and Learning Styles
First, I wanted to explain how social media and the internet affects teens learning styles in school. In the book Social Media and Challenges to Traditional Models of Education Chris Dede writes that: “As more students enter schools and colleges with beliefs and preferences about learning and social media, these institutions will face pressures to acknowledge types of learning” (95). This quote is important because it explains the importance of how social media is changing the way how teens do in school academically. Also, it is explaining how teachers and professors have to deal with the effects that social media brings because teens are not focusing in class and doing their work. Teens are not focusing in school because they are spending too much time on social media. Social media is drastically changing the way that teens learn and think in school. When teens are using social media more than usual, they start to care less about what they are learning and more about what is on their phone. As a result, teens are not doing their work and studying which is the outcome of having bad grades.
Teachers have had to make up rules because of the dangers that social media has brought up with learning in school. For example, they are having to restrict phones in classrooms because teens are focusing more on what is on their phones instead of learning and doing their work.. If teens are on their phones during school all day, then they are never going to learn good habits when learning, and it will only bring up more bad habits. It is good for teachers to restrict phones in the classroom because it ensures that kids are going to be focused on the teacher and not on their phone. A quote that supports this idea is: “For example, formal schooling today remains based on the classical view of knowledge, expertise, and learning.” (Dede 97) This quote shows how teachers still want to teach formally and classically and not have to worry about technology. Also, it explains how teachers thinks that the best possible ways for teens to learn is by teaching the classical way, not with technology. If teens learn more formally then it would help them out when studying or doing homework. Social media and the internet can have a bad effect on teens when learning in school, but there are ways to fix and prevent the issues that social media has on teens in school. Secondly, I will address how social media brings up bad habits with teens in school.
Social Media and Bad Habits
The second idea that needs to be addressed is how social media brings up bad habits when teens are in school. In the book Teaching Crowds : Learning and Social Media Terry Anderson and Jon Dron write: “The unevenness of networks relates not just to their topology but to their temporal characteristics” (133). This quote helps understand the reason of why the internet is not always reliable to do homework. Also, this quote is significant because it talks about how the internet is not always the most reliable source to go to, and that you should think of other sources to go to before looking at the internet. If teens keep using social media and the internet more often than they should, it will just bring up more bad habits that are going to be hard to get out of. Another problem with teens using social media and the internet too much is that it could lead to them possibly cheating on homework or tests because they are so attached to their phones or computers. When teens spend too much time on social media and the internet they get attached to different things, so then that pushes them away from doing homework or studying. As a result, teens are only making bad habits that could include time management or procrastination.
Teens that use the internet to help them are never truly learning because they are not using their own brain. This shows that the use of using social media and the internet more than often is not beneficial to a teens brain. High school is the most crucial time out of all of the years in a students school life. For example, if there was a student who was taking a lot of AP and Honors classes they usually would have a lot of homework and tests, but if they rely on the internet too much then it shows that they are not trying as hard. A quote that supports this idea is: “A single tool that supports group, network, and set modes of interaction can soon become an unwieldy and confusing space unless it has been carefully designed to take these discontinuities into consideration.” (Dron and Anderson 278) This quote helps explain why social media and the internet can be confusing, because it is not always the most reliable source to go to. Also, it helps make a good visual of what social media is like in our world today and how harmful it can be. The last idea that is important to address is about how social media affects teens in the classroom.
Social Media and Its Effects
Lastly, I will explain my final reason which is about how social media affects teens in the classroom. The article Access Denied states that: “In some cases, the individual school building environments did determine how students and faculty responded to this implied policy” (11). This quote helps understand why schools do not want social media and the internet involved in schools. Teachers think that social media and the internet is harmful because it is a distracting tool in the classroom. A lot of teens are coming to class unprepared because they are spending too much time at home on social media and the internet. In the last paragraph, this issue of cheating was brought up but it still applies to things going on in the classroom. Some teens are caught cheating on tests and projects because they are either caught plagiarizing or they copy off of their friends because they are spending time on social media and the internet instead. As a result, teens end up in more trouble and have to suffer the consequences. The next paragraph will include an opposing view on the idea of social media and education.
Some may argue that social media and the internet is benefical for teens when it come to school. However, the use of social media and the interent can cause more issues with teens when it comes to school. A Newsela article Philip Perry writes that: “He describes a test that compared two groups. One group couldn't use any sort of device to answer questions. The other group was allowed to use Google. The group that had access to their smartphones immediately looked up answers on the Internet. The group without smartphones were quicker at answering questions because they didn't reach for their smartphones.” (“Student Opinion: Is the Internet teaching young people not to think?”) This quote proves how students who do not use devices to help them with their homework are more likely to get things done quicker because they do not have something that could distract them. It is easy to think that social media and the internet could be an impact to many teens in school, but when you really look into it more you could see how harmful it truly is to teens when it come to school. Even though it may have some impacts, you have to think about if social media and the internet are going to help teens in the future or hurt them.
To conclude, being on too much social media is not going to benfit teens in the long run if they are planning on going to college or doing bigger things involving education. This issue can be fixed though if teens start limiting their time on social media and the internet. If these issues were fixed, then it would fix a lot of problems going on with using social media and the internet in school. All of these reasons that were addressed will help bring bring awarness to how dangerous social media can be. If teens start limiting their time spent on social media and the internet then it could truly benefit their grades and help them in college and in the future.