Argumentative Essay On Social Media

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Do you remember when the term “social media,” meant sitting on the porch with your friends talking about the day’s events. Whether we like it or not, social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and internet blogs are here to stay. These sites offer children and adolescents a doorway into social networking, gaming, and entertainment more than ever before. Social media website use is one of the fastest growing and most common daily activities among today’s children. Facebook now has over 7.5 million American kids under the age of 13 with open accounts (Clinton & Steyer, 2012). No one knows what the effects of these social media websites will have on our children as they grow up. The more and more media and technology use by our children…show more content…
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