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Pros & Cons of Social Media

by Jessica, Needa, Beth

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Put yourself out there in a good way Posting inappropriate statuses/pictures 
Connect with students in other educational systems Making people feel bad about themselves 
Make new friends/communicate or connect with old friends/family Cyberbullying 
Get different opinions on things like surveys Hacking into profiles and posting as them 
Get a fanbase/try to make a name for yourself Gossip/spread rumors 
You could help somebody with anything on a blog just by stating your opinion.  
Instead of mailing something and having it take a few days to get there or even paying to mail it, you can go right on the web and have it sent to someone in a matter of seconds.  
The social media can bring people together that are interested in the same things as you are.  
Ability to educate others in a different way  
60 million Americans received help with major life issues (changing jobs, finding a new place to live, buying a car, and caring for someone with an illness) from people in their social networks in 2006. These people said social networking sites helped them connect with friends and experts who assisted in their decisions. The use of social networking sites can cause personality and brain disorders in children, such as the inability to have real conversations, limited attention spans, a need for instant gratification, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and self-centered personalities. 
Social networking sites bring people with common interests together Stalking people 
Try to make an impact (helping with natural disasters and raising awareness)  
Social media sites are expanding from general interest to more specific uses that benefit society. For example, sites have been created for medical purposes such as dealing with life altering diseases, alcoholism, drug addiction, weight loss, and autism. Social networking sites have no way to verify that people are who they claim to be, leaving people vulnerable to solicitations from online predators who are able to mask their true identities.(twitter doesn’t make you use a real name when facebook makes you use something that at least sounds like a real name) 
Advertising yourself and a brand  
59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social networking sites to discuss educational topics including career and college planning, and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments If your profile is not private, people can get private information about you 
Blog about your opinions to express yourself in a non-violent way  
Colleges can recruit you on videos you put up on social media for sports. Creating a blog that defames others. 
Convenience (mass invitation online to events)  
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