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which comprised of, “iPod blaring, cellphone buzzing with text message, Facebook page open and, off to the side, an open textbook”. The author also provided a research contrasting students that are regular social networkers and students who spend most of their time offline. Needless to say, students who spend most of their time offline had a higher GPA average as oppose to those who are always on Facebook, or Myspace, etc. The author then moves on to discussing social networking and it’s “acceptance among all demographics,” implying that this problem not only persist to the youth population but to the older population of the society as well. Because this now appeals to almost the entire population, the author introduces possible issues such as hackers and malware. Though this may seem a serious threat, the author ensures that there are security companies creating products that would defend against such threat. After reading it several time, I found that I can easily relate to the topic presented in this article. Having been a user of several social networks, I discover that the time I spend on social networks such as Facebook, could easily be used to finish my psychology project or my English assignment. Because the article was so relatable, the author’s point was easily carried across and
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reinforced that it became easy to comprehend. I like that the author also provided logos, a research that showed students’ performance based on the time they spent on Facebook. However, this research doesn’t effectively reinforce his argument. The research fails to recognize other contributing factor that may affect a student’s performance along with social networking. For example students whose grades were affected by social networking may have other factors that may add to the lower grades such as extracurricular activities, or responsibilities at home. Also, the research conductor, Aryn Karpinski cannot officially confirms that Facebook causes students to focus less on their work, but that there are some correlation between lower GPAs and Facebook. This research doesn’t officially declare that social network is the main cost and leaves a flaw in the argument, essentially leaving room for doubts. After looking into the negative aspects of social networking, i decided to take a different viewpoint and found the article, “ 'Safe' Social Networking Tailored for K-12 Schools” through the SIRS Knowledge database. The article was from Education Weekly , and author Michelle R.
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