Pros & Cons of Social Media

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Pros & Cons of Social Media

The Pros and Cons of Social Media

ProsFast Source of News & Information• Over 50% of people learn about breaking news on social media.• Twitter and YouTube users reported on the July 20, 2012 CO theater shooting before news crews could arrive at the scene. Sources: Kristen Marino, "Social Media: The News Source,", Apr. 16, 2012; John D. Sutter, "Theater Shooting Unfolds in Real Time on Social Media,", July 20, 2012

Helps Police Catch & Prosecute Criminals• 67% of federal, state, and local law enforcement surveyed think "social media helps solve crimes more quickly."• In 2011, the NYPD added a Twitter tracking unit and has used social networking to arrest criminals who have bragged about their crimes online.Sources: LexisNexis Risk Solutions,, July 18, 2012; Dan Evon, "NYPD Adding Twitter Tracking Unit to Police Force,"

Connects Employers & Employees• 64% of companies are on 2 or more social networks for recruiting because of the wider pool of applicants and more efficient searching capabilities.• 89% of job recruiters have hired employees through LinkedIn, 26% through Facebook, and 15% through Twitter.Sources: "The Essential Guide to Developing a Social Recruiting Strategy,", Mar. 3, 2012; HR Focus, "Certain Tools Are Helping HR Connect Swiftly with the Right Job Candidates,", Sept. 1, 2012

ConsInformation Is Often Unreliable• 49.1% of people have heard false news via social media.• On September 5, 2012 false rumors of fires, shootouts, and gunmen in a Mexico City suburb spread via Twitter and Facebook, causing panic, closing schools, and flooding the local police department with over 3,000 phone calls.Sources: Kristin Marino, "Social Media: The New Source,", Apr. 16, 2012; Olga R. Rodriguez, "Mexico Tweets Cause Massive Shootout Panic,", Sep. 8, 2012

Causes Students to Get Lower Grades• Students who use social media had an average GPA of 3.06, while non-users had an average GPA of 3.82.• College students' grades dropped 0.12 points for every 93 minutes above the average 106 minutes spent on Facebook per day.Sources: Paul A. Kirschner and Aryn C. Karpinski, "Facebook and Academic Performance," Computers in Human Behavior, Nov. 2010; Jimmy Daly, "How Is Facebook Affecting College Students' Grade,", July 2, 2012

Facilitates Cyberbullying• 49.5% of students reported being the victims of bullying online, while 33.7% reported committing bullying behavior online.• According to a June 2012 Consumer Reports survey, 800,000 minors were harassed or cyberbullied on Facebook.Sources: F. Mishna, C. Cook, T. Gadalla, J. Daciuk, and S. Solomon, "Cyber Bullying Behaviors Among Middle and High School Students," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, July 2010;, "Facebook & Your Privacy: Who Sees the Data You Share on the Biggest Social Network, " Consumer Reports, June 2012

Social networking sites spread information faster than any other media. They have revolutionized the way we live, but many people believe that all that convenience comes at a price.

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