Essay on Social Network (Argument Analysis)

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Social Network
Is social networking a bad thing? Going back in time to about forty years ago, there was no such thing as social networking. Technology has become a major part of society. It has also impacted the youth of this generation. Now social networking is a part of most teenagers’ life, which most times lead into an addiction. My article is titled, Study Finds Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing by Tamar Lewin (676). Although it captivates its reader’s attention with the use of logos and ethos, the evidence used in it, and its appeal to the audience, the purpose of this article is not entirely effective. It lacks information (evidence and support), about the main subject, which would answer the question, “How
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It allows younger people to circumvent social norms that frown upon young people of the opposite sex mixing.” (Lewin 678). Now here’s a comment that disagreed with the article, “Great, so they have technological skills. But they are not getting outside, getting exercise, connecting with nature. Nor are they truly developing social skills—e-communication is a far cry from navigating face to face interactions.” (Lewin 679). By allowing these individuals’ comments on the author’s article, Tamar Lewin is showing that he understands that not everyone will agree with him, but he acknowledges all points of views. The evidence, research, and interviews of this article are all well thought of and well put together. However, as I was reading the article, there were very few reasons on why the author thinks teenagers’ Internet socializing isn’t such a bad thing. The reasons came from Ms. Ito, research scientist, and she said, “It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it’s on MySpace or sending instant messages, but their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to get along with others, how to manage a publicly identity, how to create a homepage.” The entire article mostly talked about how teens are addicted to network socializing and how they somehow find a way around the restrictions put on their Internet. It