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Are social networking sites good for our society? ProCon.org injects nonpartisan research into both sides of the debate

     Are social networking sites good for our society? ProCon.org injects
              nonpartisan research into both sides of the debate

PR Newswire

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 47% of
Americans who use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have
spent billions of minutes social networking in 2012.

The increasing prevalence of social communication via computers, apps, and
mobile devices has been constant and controversial. Is social media advancing
beneficial social, political, and business changes, or is it causing a harmful
dependence on screen-based technology and spawning less meaningful
interpersonal relationships? Are we better off in our new world of constant
connectivity, or has more communication brought more problems?

ProCon.org, a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking
on controversial issues, debuts its revamped website Social Networking
(http://socialnetworking.procon.org) and delves into the pros and cons ofthe
core question "Are social networking sites good for society?"

Proponents of social networking sites say that the online communities promote
increased interaction with friends and family; offer teachers, librarians, and
students valuable access to educational support and materials; facilitate
social and political change; and disseminate useful information rapidly.

Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face
communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children's brains and
behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like
pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous
information.

In addition to in-depth pro and con research, the revamped ProCon.org social
networking website contains a historical background section, videos, photos,
over 200 footnotes and sources, and Did You Know? facts including:

1.Social networking sites are the top news source for 27.8% of Americans,
    ranking below newspapers (28.8%) and above radio (18.8%) and print
    publications (6%).
2.Students who used social networking sites while studying scored 20% lower
    on tests, and students who used social media had an average GPA of 3.06
    versus non-users who had an average GPA of 3.82.
3.35 global heads of state, every US Cabinet agency, 84% of US state
    governors, every major candidate for US President, and more than 40% of
    top global religious leaders are on Twitter.
4.10% of people younger than 25 years old respond to social media and text
    messages during sex.
5.In July 2012 Americans spent 74.0 billion minutes on social media via a
    home computer, 40.8 billion minutes via apps, and 5.7 billion minutes via
    mobile web browsers for a total of 121.1 billion minutes on social
    networking sites in one month.

For pros, cons, and related research on whether or not social networking is
good for society, visit http://socialnetworking.procon.org

About Us
ProCon.org (online at www.procon.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity
whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed
citizenship. Information is presented on 44 different ProCon.org issue
websites in subjects ranging from gay marriage, alternative energy, and
medical marijuana to the death penalty, illegal immigration, and Obamacare.

ProCon.org websites are free of charge and require no registration. The
websites have been referenced by over 700 media entities, cited 36 times by
the governments of 11 countries (including 20 US states and seven US federal
agencies), and used by teachers, librarians, and educators in over 3,300
schools in 50 countries and all 50 US states.

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Jones, NBC, New England Journal of Medicine, New York Times, The Oregonian,
Orlando Sentinel, PBS, Reuters, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post, Wired, and
many others.

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CONTACT: Kambiz Akhavan, +1-310-587-1407, kamy@procon.org

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