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  • Benefits greatly outweigh the downsides of harmful behavior/material

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  • Benefits somewhat outweigh downsides.

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  • Mixed; neither good nor bad overall

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  • Downsides of harmful behavior/material outweigh benefits

    5 20.83%
  • Downsides of harmful behavior/material vastly outweigh benefits and something must be done.

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Thread: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

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    Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    I have not researched this, so all I have is my personal experience with Facebook.com and my gut reactions to the occasional news story.

    I'm not even thirty and I didn't even have a regular old cell phone until I was in college. Now I see teens, pre-teens and sometimes even young children with smart phones and mobile broadband, tablets, wireless internet on multiple devices, etc. Access to the most disturbing and inappropriate material has never been easier for kids than it is today, and this is an advent of the last several years of human history. And bullying, while it's always been normal, has never been so easy to do anonymously and from the protection of one's parents' house. In other words, kids who wouldn't have the guts to by a bully in person have many more ways to bully now that they have social media.

    So. What do you think/feel is the overall impact of social media and internet on youth nowadays?

    And what should parents be doing about this, if anything?


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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    It's probably a good thing that I don't have kids anymore, because I would be viewed as the crotchety old mom who was depriving her children of all the latest in modern technology. I think that kids are becoming a bit too obsessive and neurotic, because they feel insecure if they can't instantly communicate with someone. I don't think it's good for their heads.
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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Its a good thing.


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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    People preaching about how social media will be the downfall of our generation are no different than the people who preached about how TV would destroy the youth in the 50s and 60s.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    I'm more concerned with poor parental guidance toward their children than I am about the effects of the Internet and social media.
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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    And remember: Big Brother is watching you. This is one great downside of the Internet.



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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    It's both - good and bad. Depending on how it's used and why it's being used such a way.
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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    People preaching about how social media will be the downfall of our generation are no different than the people who preached about how TV would destroy the youth in the 50s and 60s.
    No different in that they're about equally correct? To be serious though, the difference between TV content and internet content is an apples and oranges comparison. TV is passive receipt of content, and internet is active pursuit of it, and the stuff you can see online with a few quick curious clicks of the mouse is like nothing you would ever see TV. Eventually that has to have an impact. I didn't exaggerate that "it will destroy the youth of the nation!!!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    I'm more concerned with poor parental guidance toward their children than I am about the effects of the Internet and social media.
    A fair comment, but holding poor parental guidance constant, there are likely different implications between the kid that plays outside all day with neighbor kids vs. those who have unrestricted/unmonitored internet access.

    In terms of "what to do about it," it definitely falls to parents. They are losing the battle to negative influences. There have always been negative influences, but as access has blown up, our ability to manage those influences has not improved, in fact over that amount of time it's probably gotten worse.

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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    some good things, some bad, but mostly I think the information age has allowed our generation to be more informed and educated than preceding generations.
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    Re: Youth, internet & social media: Good thing or Bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    some good things, some bad, but mostly I think the information age has allowed our generation to be more informed and educated than preceding generations.
    I actually have come to strongly question this. I almost think that our ease of access to this information makes us lazy and less educated. Why should we have to process, learn or memorize concepts and information, when we can just google it and hyperlink the results?

    I'm sure we're becoming superhuman in some ways, but in others, lazy.

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