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Rowan TinkerSerrano – Period 1Social Media Argumentative Essay31 January 2018Title”81% of people surveyed feel ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ secure when using social media sites to share private information,” stated ProCon.org. Those people were correct to feel that way because social media has a stronger negative impact on the younger generations and the older now more than ever. While some social media users believe that it is just fun and games, they are looking past the dangers of the outside world that are transparent on social media. The negative impacts of social media are too overwhelming to look over, which includes procrastination leading to poor grades, online predators ready to take advantage of users, and the overwhelming population of cyberbullies.    First of all, people who use social media are likely to come into contact with online predators, who take advantage of users to the point of identity theft, sexual abuse, and murder. In 2010, Christopher James Dannevig preyed on Nona Belomesoff and lured her away from her home, which resulted in her murder, (Rowell). This young lady was only trying to care for animals, but instead, she was brutally murdered, and this is only one of the thousands of cases. Additionally, since 2012, there has been an increasing rate of teens sharing private information on social media, including 20% of them posting their phone number, (Rowell). These online predators then can steal that information for identity theft or use it to meet up with the victim, such as in the case of Nona Belomesoff. This shared information can endanger the social media user’s life. Most social media users don’t understand the consequences of meeting with strangers or giving out personal information.     In addition, students that overuse social media are scientifically proven to be more likely to procrastinate, which leads to lower scores in classes and on standardized tests. ProCon.org also stated that “In 30% of cases, it took two hours to return the student’s full attention to the original task.” This is a leading concern because not only is the student leaving homework unfinished, but he or she is not reaching his or her full potential. The website also declared, “Students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06 while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82.” Since students get into colleges based on their GPA, wouldn’t they want the best one that they could receive? With a poor GPA, students can only get into local colleges if any at all, which can lead to bad jobs, poor job stability, and income problems. These lower GPAs hurt the high school as well as the student. In summary, poor grades and procrastination are negative impacts of excessive social media use but aren’t the only concerns of social media use.     On the other hand, there are some people who believe that social media is more positive than negative because of the opportunity to make new friends and the quick spread of information. Of all of social media users, a study has shown that 57% make new friendships (IBFs) with strangers online, (ProCon.org). Granted, as a result of this, a study has shown that a Facebook user with a large number of friends, including ones that they met online, has a larger amount of stress, (ProCon.org). Forty-six percent of Americans use social media for information and current news, which spreads it faster than any other type of media, (ProCon.org). Social media, on the contrary, spreads false and untrustworthy information, claims 64% of users. Even though social media has a positive influence on society in some way, those positive influences have their negatives as well.     Ever since the appearance of social media, the population of cyberbullies out to mentally destroy users’ self-esteem has increased drastically. According to ProCon.org, of students overall, 52% of them say that they have been cyberbullied. This percentage already starts out with over half of students, but it doesn’t even count the ones brave enough to speak up about their problems. Students in middle school who face cyberbullying are 50% more likely to attempt suicide, (ProCon.org). This statistic only includes suicide, not students who have gained depression, anxiety, or other mental disorders. Should people believe that social media is worth the life of an innocent child?     Even though social media can connect teens to the outside world, the outside world is not the safest place to be. Nothing, not even new friends or the quick spread of information, is worth a human life. The popular argument of the use of social media is two-sided, and there are people who support both, but the negative side is stronger than the positive. Social media leads to more negative impacts on lives that positive impacts, including procrastination leading to poor grades in school, online predators ready to prey on uninformed users, and the increasing population of cyberbullies.Works Cited