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Does Social Media enhance interpersonal relationships

Explain the topic you are addressing and your position on it. Provide a preview of your paper and a statement of your thesis in your opening paragraph. [Approximately 100 words] Present your main argument for your thesis in standard form, with each premise and the conclusion on a separate line. Clearly indicate whether your argument is intended to be inductive or deductive. Follow up the presentation of your argument by clarifying the meaning of any premises that could use some explanation. [About 150 words]
  • If your argument is deductive, then it should be valid (in the strict logical sense of the word); if it is inductive, then it should be strong. Make sure to avoid committing logical fallacies within your argument (e.g., begging the question). Additionally, the premises should be true, to the best of your knowledge. If one of your premises has a pretty obvious counter-example, then you should either fix the argument so that it does not have this flaw, or later, in your paper (steps three through five) you should address the apparent counter-example (showing that it does not really refute the truth of your premise). Arguments that are not valid, not very strong, commit fallacies, or that have counter-examples that are not adequately addressed will not receive full credit.
Provide supporting evidence for the premises of your argument. [Approximately 350 words]
  • Pay special attention to those premises that could be seen as controversial. Evidence may include academic research sources, supporting arguments (arguments whose conclusions are premises of the main argument), or other ways of demonstrating the truth of those premises. This section should include at least one scholarly research source.
Explain a strong objection to your argument. [Approximately 250 words]
  • Study what people on the other side of this question think about your reasoning and present the best possible objection that someone could have to your argument. Do not commit the straw man fallacy here. Reference at least one scholarlyresearch source. See the ?Practicing Effective Criticism? section of Chapter 9 of the course text for more information.
Defend your argument against the objection. [Approximately 200 words]
  • Once you have presented the objection, indicate clearly how you might respond to it. It is acceptable to admit that reasonable people might disagree with you or that there might be an area in which your argument could be further strengthened, but you should do your best to explain why your argument is sound or cogent despite the objections.
Provide an appropriate conclusion. [Approximately 75 words]

Rogerian Argument about Facebook




Social networking sites (SNS) are a rapidly growing segment of social interaction all over


the world. (McCafferty 19)They serve as a source of information for individuals and groups as


well as a source of relative connectivity between individuals who know one another in the real


world and to allow connections between people who share common interests but might not know


one another outside a SNS. (Houghton & Joinson 75) The interconnectivity of the sites, in this


paper the focus will be on Facebook the most popular of the SNS service, can serve as a


foundational support network for information and to build and or maintain social connections,


yet it also has the potential to leave individuals vulnerable to fraudulent and bad behaviors by


others as well as a public arena for the exposition of one?s own bad behaviors. Some people


claim that the potential for connectivity, and especially international connectivity issues


associated with a global world view, mandate the support of the broader community for SNS


sites and activities. (McCafferty) Conversely others argue that the potential for violations of


privacy and inappropriate (or illegal) activities make SNS an insurmountable threat to


individuals that should be tightly controlled if not stopped all together. (Kugler) (Haughton &


Joinson) (Chaulk & Jones)


The reality is that with the advent of almost any new technology there are both positive


and negative possible outcomes, and in the case of social networking sites the potential of each


can be exponential. Therefore Facebook should have high levels of easy to use choice on the part


of the consumer, as to what he or she is willing to share and with who and should also have a low


level of tolerance for illegal and bad behavior on the part of users all while protecting this



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functional and useful new social tool. (McCafferty) (Kayri1 & ?ak?r) (Kodrich &Laituri)


(Carroll & Landry)



Argument in Favor of Greater Controls or Elimination of Facebook


Facebook can and often does create conflict in interpersonal relationships through


inappropriate behaviors of its users. The kind of conflict it generates can be associated with


information sharing that is beyond acceptable to ?all? of one?s connections and therefore


offensive or even incriminating to self or others. Something that might seem benign to one


person might turn out to be highly offensive, invasive or incriminating to others. (Chaulk &


Jones 246) The resulting circumstances can be surprising and emotionally stressful for some


involved. (Houghton & Joinson 82) In some recent examples the shaming of an individual for


public actions that were seen as offensive by some created reportedly sever reactions in those


involved, while others were sanctioned with job loss as a result of online posts on his or her SNS


page. (Houghton & Joinson 77)


These situations and others bring to mind a need to carefully control the venue of the


SNS, so that individuals are in the least aware of the possibility of connectivity associated with


posting and or the posting activities of others. This is also to say nothing of the two other


important issues that can be seen in SNS activity, cyber-bullying or stalking and fraudulent


economic scams. (Chaulk & Jones) (Kugler) Lastly there is also a valid argument that has been


present prior to Facebook where psychologists and others fear harm to introverted individuals


because the venue allows them to avoid real life social contact. (Ryan & Xenos) The kind of


connectivity that feeds such offensive results is made possible only by the very existence of



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Facebook and other SNS sites, which create at least the illusion of anonymity and protection by


distance for the knowing offender but also demonstrate fertile ground for self-incrimination by


sharing of information that others might see as a violation of privacy. The arguments that support


the dismantling or the mandating of severe legal and therefore (physical) restrictions are


supported by the fact that these events occur and occur often, some with relatively minor results


and others with rare but disastrous results.


Privacy violations, though they are subjective likely occur every second though the


majority is relatively minor, no more common than in real life social interactions but multiplied


by thousands and millions based on the connectivity of so many people many of whom have


access to Facebook 24-7. In other words because individuals cannot interact with 130 (the


average number of Facebook user friends) known people in the physical world in any given day


the odds of offense or even real or perceived harm increase exponentially in both directions.


(Houghton & Joinson 75) In this context the validity of stricter controls and even the elimination


of some more unsecure features or even the site itself seem plausible as like many other forms of


technology the potential for human harm is great. (Strand 11) (Ryan & Xenos) Additionally, the


standard idea that the consumer is ultimately responsible for self protection seems to be lacking


in this instance as so much becomes out of control in a web of infinite connectivity.


Argument in Favor of Protection or Even Expansion of Facebook


The converse argument also holds water as it is very clear that the potential for human


social gain is as great if not greater than the potential for harm and therefore should be protected,


without concern for the potential for harm. Human beings all over the world can connect in real


time, as events occur and make a real positive difference to one another. Some examples in the



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literature include the incomparable activity associated with recent natural disasters, such as was


seen in the Haiti earthquake. Individuals and groups had access to rapid information about the


disaster, the human toll and the needs of the people and other more fortunate individuals even


responded with an unprecedented amount of aid revolving around Facebook and other SNS sites.


(Kodrich & Laituri 626)


There is a clear sense that in many instances the opportunity to connect to cultural ideas


and ideals different from one?s own is also potentially promising in ways in which it has never


been before. Prior to the internet and the connectivity of Facebook there has been only a limited


opportunity for cultural interaction as travel is usually relegated to the elite, many locations and


cultures are hard to reach and language barriers are frustrating, so what was left for most was the


ability to view still shots in newspapers and magazines and read or listen to the interpretations of


an outsider.


Consider these numbers: Facebook is poised to hit 700 million users and, as seven of 10


Facebook members reside outside the U.S., more than 70 global-language translations. ?


In terms of daily usage, Facebook generates the second-most traffic of any site in the


world...(McCafferty 19)


Though some would argue that the manner in which users use Facebook does not always lend


itself to global social interaction, i.e. that individuals usually only interact directly with those


they know in real life or on topical levels with those they do not, this does not negate the context


of the possibility for enormous social and cultural sharing. (Ryan & Xenos 1660) (McCafferty)


(Kodrich & Laituri) These interactions which can be viewed as either positive or negative


demonstrate a potential for cultural sharing that should not be curtailed despite the opportunity



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for fraud and or any other potential harm from exposure. In this context is also the point where


the culture in which we live has become increasingly mobile in the last 100 years and therefore it


is much more common for individuals and origin families to be living very far from their place


of birth and therefore their origin culture and family.


This may leave some people lonely for the familiar and in serious need for a


communication tool that in the very least makes people they have known in other places


accessible at any time. There is a clear sense that this type of assurance is enough to calm the


loneliness of a new place, and especially for children and teens. (Chaulk & Landry 245) (Kayri


& ?ak?r) The potential for harm for most is nearly completely negated by the potential for good


that is offered by Facebook and other SNS sites and applications.


Common Ground


The common ground that exists between these two seemingly opposing views is actually


rather significant as each would like to see the positive outweigh the negative in as many ways as


possible. Each would like to see the individual protected and at least some credence given to the


ways in which individuals and Facebook itself can mitigate harm through user options,


awareness and site controls. The resulting protections would ultimately create an environment


that would meet the needs of both views by ultimately protecting the user and creating a situation


that would enhance rather than demean human social interaction. Though the latter view would


like to see fewer controls and the former view would like to see far more the ultimate and ideal


would be a format that allowed sharing in such a way that individual harm was severely


mitigated and individual gain was ultimately prosperous.



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Such protections could be woven into the usability of Facebook in such a way that users


could easily find the information they needed to protect themselves and their children from bad


or illegal behavior and from sharing that is inappropriate in one way or the other without relying


solely on the consumer to beware the pitfalls of sharing their information. Facebook could


monitor the system in such a way that lesser damage is done and also actively pursue violators of


cyber illegality. On a more general note many of the controls and laws associated with new


internet technologies have yet to be developed as such technologies are so new and the level to


which the law and government should or can interfere or control social media is a grey area that


will likely become more and more illuminated in the next 10-20 years. The desire of course is to


have a completely safe environment for users but freedoms such as freedom of speech and


freedom of association curtail most invasively serious mandated controls. It is for this reason and


others that the two seemingly opposing views can and should come together to help create a


system that is safer than it has been in the past and protects consumers in unseen ways from the


potential for harm.


This is not to say that the whole of the Facebook system should line by line censor what


individuals post and that consumer education is not a key aspect of this common ground. In other


words individuals need to be counseled that they should not post anything they would not want a


criminal or their grandmother to read. Additionally the expansion of positive opportunities for


cultural exchange should be supported and even advanced within the confines of fair exchange


and positive social networking and even opportunities for education. (Kayri & ?ak?r) The whole


world is literally at our fingertips and we can choose to control it in such a way that our efforts


mitigate harm to others.



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The opposing sides can come together on the primary point of each, that human harm


should be reduced and human opportunity should be expanded. The potential for human cultural


and social interaction is so great with regard to Facebook and other SNS that the common ground


should be recognized as a valid position that ultimately demonstrates greater protection while


expanding and protecting the possibility for greater human interaction that is present in






The potential for harm associated with Facebook often revolves around the idea that


conflict is inherently bad, regardless of the fact that such conflict often creates opportunities for


learning in an environment that is wholly new and infinitely malleable. This can be true to a


large degree for both younger and older users of the Facebook application. All users but


especially younger users should be cautioned about the misuse of the tool but the tool itself


should also bend people in the direction of safety, allowing controls and user preferences clear


access and easily understandable ways to protect themselves and their information. A policy


change is definitely in order, regarding the utilization of controls and even possibly tutorials that


aide in reassessing privacy controls and allow users to rapidly and easily change settings and


affiliations to protect themselves prior to events of possible harm. This should certainly include


age controls where certain settings and or information variables are not even accessible by those


in certain age groups and where individuals are made to clearly understand that regardless of


how protected they believe they are, just as has always been true everything one posts online


should be considered by that individual as public information, therefore if one does not want


anyone or even a chosen few to know the information then he or she should simply not post it.


Individuals must also be made aware that to some degree their information is timeless, in that



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information long outdated can still be present in some form online and again take credence to


control what they say and post.



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