Social Media and Your Brain

Ever have an argument with someone, and no matter how many facts you provide, you just can’t get that person to see it your way? One big reason for this is cognitive bias, which is a limitation in our thinking that can cause flaws in our judgement.

Confirmation bias is a certain type of cognitive bias that motivates us to seek out information we already believe and ignore or minimize facts that threaten what we believe.

So if we can’t use facts to defeat confirmation bias, what else can we do? The first step is to recognize that when it comes to your own beliefs, you have this bias, too. It’s also important to recognize that you may not fully understand something as well as you think you do. When it comes to controversial topics, researching the other side of the issue may make you realize that YOUR understanding of the issue might be incomplete.


Learn More…

ARTICLE: This Is Your Brain On Fake News (Salon)

ARTICLE: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds (The New Yorker)

ARTICLE: How To Get People To Overcome Their Bias (BBC)


ABOVE THE NOISE, a YouTube series from KQED, follows young journalists as they investigate real world issues that impact young people’s lives. These short videos prompt critical thinking with middle and high school students to spark civic engagement. Join hosts Myles Bess and Shirin Ghaffary for new episodes published every Wednesday on YouTube.

Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News? 12 March,2018Derek Lartaud

  • Yasmin Gonzalez

    I personally am a big fan of social media, instagram, Facebook, snapchat, twitter, you name it. I do believe that excessive us of technology in general can be harmful because it keep people from being active and productive. But for those who don’t use it an excessive amount I think it could actually be good catching up with friends and possibly even using it in a positive way like spreading awareness for something you believe in. I do think that parents should be in control of how old their child should be when they start using technology and even more so when they start using social media i think that using social media at a young age can expose children to things that are inappropriate for them and would keep them from playing outside and doing homework. Even though i think parents should restrict the usage of social media I do not think that teachers should be able to, possibly in class yes, because students shouldn’t be using technology in class period but in general I think it is the parents responsibility to monitor what their children are doing on social media especially because of cyber bullying.
    http://www.nischint.com/should-parents-monitor-their-childrens-social-media/ #DoNowSocialMedia #MyCMSTArgs

    • devinn bradford

      Way too many kids have access to social media. Therefore, they are getting these distorted thoughts as a kid. #myCMSTArgs #donowsnapchat

      • Taylore Aisha Hilou

        I completely agree with you, social media can take away social interactions within an environment and the decline of performance in school. #DoNowSocialMedia

    • Morgan Reams

      I agree with you, too much technology can be extremely detrimental especially when speaking about children. Being locked on a screen for hours on end can lead to a lack of social development and problems with performance in school. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSocialMedia

    • Stone Dennison

      I see your point, but I still have to disagree. I believe excessive social media and phone usage is distracting at best. It does have its purposes that are helpful, but people use it so often as a escape from reality. The way it manipulates our brain closely relates to that of a cigarette. We do it over and over again trying to replicate the dopamine rush we had the first time we opened up Facebook, snapchat, or instagram. Just like a chain-smoker, we open our apps endlessly trying to find a rush. Its less and less each time. That’s addiction if you ask me.. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/the-teenage-brain-on-social-media #myCMSTArgs #DoNowSocialMedia

  • devinn bradford

    I am personally a huge fan of social media, because I think it has many pros to it. For example, you can share opinions, post things you like or find interesting, get news, or keep in contact with people that are far. Although, social media has become a huge demon at the same time. Many people pride their entire life off of social media which can cause distress. Many people believe that the images they see through media is how they should look and a lot of these images are photoshop. Social media also allows for a great amount of judgement or ridicule upon people, especially celebrities. Also, many people base how many likes they get to how popular they are which is ridiculous. People have allowed social media to dictate to use how we should look, think, act, and feel and with that comes emotional distress. #myCMSTArgs #donowsnapchat

    • Poon (Kavisara) Kraikrvan

      I agree when you said that social media create a judgment upon people. The images being seen through social media instilled people on what they should be, while in fact, they should be themselves and accept others for who they are.

    • Flora

      I could not agree more with you! I find it awful how, young girls especially, see photoshopped pictures on social media and set that as their standard. It is horrible to watch them struggle to think, act, and look like the celebrities they adore on social media.

    • Andrea Orssich

      I agree with your point. Social media has made people into photoshopping themselves into more ideal bodies. Or acting completely different on social media than in real life. Which, like you said, can lead to emotional distress.

  • Janet Lake

    Your video boosted my mood. Thanks!

  • Charles Plyngam

    I don’t really use social media very much but this gave me an interesting insight into the confusion and the media generally speaking of social media as a bad thing. And social medias of different age have different degrees of accuracy since the new ones don’t have many tests done on them as much as the old social medias

    In opinion, the general structure of social media as a whole makes it good since you can keep in touch with your friends even if they’re somewhere else but the fact that you’re going on these sites instead of doing other things might say that you’re depressed and want to find friends on social media.

    Overall, it depends on opinion and perspective on these social media, since different people use different types of media in varying degrees of use

  • Nadine Salas

    Growing upI can remember being in the computer lab at school and only being allowed to play on games and browse applications that had been approved by the school. Trying to surf the web at all without supervision was physically impossible. The reason was simply to protect children from the dangers of the internet, such as contacting strangers, sharing sensitive information with an unfazed audience, or stumbling upon violent/ inappropriate content. In these cases I would say supervision of social media use by parents and teachers are justifiable. With younger generations the implications of social media misuse are not recognized and therefor is the responsibility of parents and teachers. However past that age and entering teen hood I would advocate for educating children rather than oversight. By this I mean that the use of social media is to the discretion of the user even in teen hood, however parents and teachers are there to remind them that some of the images they see are staged, unrealistic, and should not be accepted as the normality. If not then this vulnerable group can be more likely to fall into the harmful effects of such use as found in the nor article ( http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/06/518362255/feeling-lonely-too-much-time-on-social-media-may-be-why #DoNowSnapchat ) #CMSTARGS #DoNowSnapchat

    • Rebekka Brandsater

      I agree with you when you say that parents and teachers should protect younger children from improper use of social media. I also like your idea of decreasing this protection as Children/teenagers mature and learn to use social media appropriately.

    • Palmy Punika

      I agree with you. Social media has its pros and cons. herefore, It’s important that parent and teachers should teach them how to use social media wisely and appropriately.

  • Hannah Fulks

    I do not think that social media should be regulated by teachers and parents. I think that the right to free speech should not be regulated by anyone, and this goes for social media as well. I use social media every day. I use it often, and do everything from gathering news to connecting with friends on social media platforms. I view social media as a helpful tool, as it is a way to connect people and keep people up to date with current events. While I believe that a lot of good comes from social media, I also believe that bad can come from social media as well. Social media can create positive change, but it can also be negative. Social media is a platform for cyber bullying, and people can find fake news on these sites. People also showcase their best side on social media, creating an image that cannot be upheld at all times. Social media can be depressing at times, but can also be uplifting and informative. It just depends on how you use social media.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2016/04/30/study-links-heavy-facebook-and-social-media-usage-to-depression/#36a5bf214b53

    #myCMSTargs #DoNowSnapchat

    • Adrian Astorga

      I totally agree it all comes down to how the person wants to use it, I always use it for news and to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world today. #CMSTARGS #DoNowSnapchat

    • Marlena Laura Wilson

      I agree with you. How social media can be used is entirely up to the person, not others controlling what you do online. I tend to use social media to see what my friends are up to, and occasionally see what is happening in the news around the world.

    • Mehr Sagar

      I agree. Social media can be a helpful tool, but it can also be used in harmful ways. In the end it pretty much depends on how you use it. People, themselves, should just be more careful online.

  • Adrian Astorga

    I don’t think social media should be censored by parents or teachers. Social media is a good tool when it comes to finding out what is going on in the world and in areas near you. A lot of people use social media to be up to date with what is going on. For me at least I find out a lot things going on by using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. I also see where it can be bad with seeing what everyone else is doing in their lives, people can get the fear of missing out, cyberbullying, and many other things. Overall though I think social media helps out more then it doesn’t. The article attached gives other reasons why social media is good. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ajagrawal/2016/03/18/its-not-all-bad-the-social-good-of-social-media/#7c01b096756f #CMSTARGS #DoNowSnapchat

  • Marlena Laura Wilson

    As a teenager with easy going parents, I have a hard time grasping the idea of parents and teachers controlling the use of social media. Social media has its pros and cons, personally, I enjoy social media. It keeps me updated with the rest of the world, and makes my life easier. However, I have stumbled on some rather unpleasant things on social media that I would like to erase from my memories. One way or another, there is no way parents or teachers can control everything a child does, simply because everything is becoming more and more integrated. The only way that parents and teachers can control the use of social media is to take away the internet as a whole.

  • Palmy Punika

    Parents or teachers should teach teens safe internet use rather than cutting off permission to use social media. Personally, I think social media is a good way to interact, and allows us to keep up to date with current issues and events. It also allows us to keep in contact with people from different countries or friends you don’t see very often. On the other hand, social media can make people feel bad about themselves and also cyberbullying.

  • TC (Tyler) York

    I believe that children and teenagers have limitless access use to social media and the internet. Social media is a very addictive activity; when texting your brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine works as a neurotransmitter, sent out all over your brain into your pleasure center. This can give a feeling of achieving something or self-reward and motivation. Dopamine is the same chemical that is released when you smoke, drink, gamble and watch pornographic material, it is highly addictive. There are age restrictions on smoking, drinking, gambling and pornographic material (however teenagers use it the most), there are no age restrictions on cellphones. Teenagers even children now are experiencing the effects of dopamine. While going through stresses during adolescent, teenagers are supposed to rely on their peers to help handle stress; some teenagers discover the numbing effects of dopamine through cellphones so when going through hard times, they will not turn to a friend, they will turn to the phone. This results in many people failing to create deep meaningful relationships, teenagers will admit that they have fun with their friends but know that if something better were to come along, their friends would leave them for it. So we have a generation of people who do not know how to deal with stress and cannot create proper relationships. People use social media for temporary relief, to escape from their depression. The lack of friends may be a reason for depression, and using social media to see what your “friends” are up to may make you even more depressed because they seem to be doing better than you. I understand that some people use social media to contact friends that they have not spoken to for awhile and social media can be good but we need to balance it out. Just like all the other dopamine related activities, a little bit is okay, too much is dangerous. We have to learn how to deal with phone usage properly.

  • Rebekka Brandsater

    Social media is a great thing but if it is not used properly it can become very nasty place. I would encourage teachers to teach the kids about netiquette, and parents to take consideration into the age ratings promoted by whatever social media the child is using. Everyone could have good use of some netiquette. To be able to determine by yourself what to and what not to do on the internet is a life skill I find important in the society we live in. As for the age limits on a social media they are there for a reason. If your child has for example facebook and is under the age limet which is 13 it might be a good idea to look through their friends just to make sure that they aren’t friends with any creepy stalkers. However it also depends on your child’s maturity level and your trust in them. All in all i believe that Parents and teachers should make sure that the children are ready for what they are signing up to.

    • Charles Plyngam

      I agree that social media can become a very shady place if you don’t use it the correct way and I think that parents can just advise their kids to be more careful on social media. In my opinion, the best way is to learn by yourself and believe what you want about social media, It’s the people’s choice to decide whether to go on social media or not. They can just try experiencing it for a little while and if they don’t like the amount of inappropriate things etc. They can just stop. Simple as that, but it’s up to them. And knowledge can help you make the decisions weather to go social, or just explore other places instead.

  • Poon (Kavisara) Kraikrvan

    I think that parents and teachers shouldn’t control the child’s use of social media but guide them both good and bad outcomes from using it. Social media can be a bullying platform or the best way for you to keep in contact with your friends and family, depending on how you use it. I personally believe that most of the people have the ability to control their use of social media, meaning that they use it in a good amount of time. Regulating the use of social media is not going to help your child in understanding what social media can do to their life. They have to experience it for themselves and decide whether the social media they’re using is appropriate for them or not.

    • Opal Hemmings

      I agree that social media can be both good and bad and that it depends on the person, how he/she is using it. I also agree that most of the people know what they are doing when they are using social media. I like the idea that we should use it in a good amount of time.

    • Melanie Funk

      I agree in the fact that all you can do is hope your kids will use the information when deciding what social media to use, how to use it and how often they use it. You can’t dictate what your kid does online, it’s pretty much impossible. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kristy

      I also agree with this type of thinking. The social media has its good and bad points, by using the social media, they can learn what the social media is and reflect on how they should use it.

    • Ciana Bell

      I agree, trying to control things usually has a backlash on teachers and parents, education on the matter I feel is much more effective. There are so many benefits of social media. If we can teach children to use their social media for those benefits than I feel it will truly help the negative aspects that also follow with social media use. Furthermore, I think their should be educational classes on cyber bulling and how to combat it on social media.
      #DoNowSnapchat #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kyle Robins

      I agree with you completely. It is super important that the new generations are taught how to use social media in a way that promotes well-being and does not lower mood. Social media can lead to cyber bullying or it can lead to having a huge support group. There are many ways to use it and we should educate the young generation of what to do and what not to do. #Donowsnapchat #myCMSTargs

  • Josh Hughes

    I use social media on a daily basis and I hate seeing the classic news headlines, talking about how social media is a terrible thing because it is not. As with all things in life, there are many ways to use it, some bad but most of them are good. For example, if you swap the generalist term ‘social media’ for something like food, it is a lot easier to picture. Food can be very good, it keeps you both alive and happy, the same thing with social media; it allows you to connect with others and gives you a way to reach out to them. However, consuming ‘bad’ foods can be extremely harmful to your body, just like how social media can also be harmful to a person; but there is more or less always an alternative solution in both cases and a way out of it. To answer the question regarding the control that parents should have on their children’s social media platform; I say that they should while they are still young but as they grow older, it is up to the kid to make their own decisions. They need to face the consequences of the bad decisions they make as it will teach them valuable life lessons they may learn from. Though I’m not sure how parents would control it physically speaking, as any kid with internet access, not even just at home, is able to create an account on any of the sites and use it without their parents even knowing.

  • Flora

    Social Media is a great technology that, when used correctly, can really benefit ones life. It can be used to access information, or just keep in touch with other people. However, just like coffee and alcohol, when it is used in excess, the damages it can have on people are immense. I believe that it is very important for teachers and parents to teach children about the risks of social media and how to use appropriately because as mentioned before, when social media IS used correctly, it is a great tool.

    Teachers should not monitor the social media use of children they teach as it is not really any of their business. However, if they see something going on, they should definitely alarm the parents of that child and let the parents deal with the issue. When it comes to parents and whether or not they should monitor their child’s social media, I think it all depends on the child, its maturity and the amount of trust there is between the parent and the child. Obviously, every child is different and it is therefore hard to make generalizations. And, because parents know their children best, the decision should lie with them. Personally, my parents have never really had to control or monitor my social media because I started using it at an age when they knew I was mature enough to handle it.

    Ultimately, no teacher nor parent can completely control a child’s activity on social media because the industry is growing so quickly with new apps and products coming out on a weekly-basis that teachers and parents just can’t keep up. As the saying goes, where there is a will, there’s a way.

  • Josh Hughes

    I use social media on a daily basis, and I hate seeing the classic news headlines stating that social media is a terrible thing. It is not. As with all things in life, there are many ways to use it, some bad but most of them are good. For example, if you swap the generalist term ‘social media’ for something like food, it is a lot easier to picture. Food can be very good, it keeps you both alive and happy, the same thing with social media; it allows you to connect with others and gives you a way to reach out to them. However, consuming ‘bad’ foods can be extremely harmful to your body, just like how social media can also be harmful to a person; but there is more or less always an alternative solution in both cases and a way out of it. To answer the question regarding the control that parents should have on their children’s social media platform; I say that they should while they are still young but as they grow older, it is up to the kids to make their own decisions. They need to face the consequences of the bad decisions they make as it will teach them valuable life lessons. Though I’m not sure how parents would control it physically speaking, as any kid with internet access, not even just at home, is able to create an account on any of the sites and use it without their parents even knowing.

  • Opal Hemmings

    Social Media is a good technology place to learn and experience new things. It usually keeps my mind off things, but I also somehow think that, social media turn out to be a bad outcome, if you don’t use it properly. I think if you’re still young, then I think parents should guide their children on using social media. When you’re old enough to make your decision and know what you’re doing, and you think it’s the right thing. Then, I don’t think that parents should guide, or tell us what to do with the internet. And I think that the teacher shouldn’t come in a way about this situation about us/students using internet at all, because its not their business or what so ever. However, if they see something that isn’t appropriate for school or work, then they should only inform parents, and let them handle it with their own kids. So, I think depends on the maturity, we should be able to use whatever social media or anything we want, without being supervised by parents and teachers.

  • Andrea Orssich

    Social Media has good outcomes as well as bad outcomes. Social Media is used for sharing our life with others, just expressing ourselves and staying connected to friends. The negative outcome is that people may get contact of others and start abusing them through media. I think that parents or teachers shouldn’t control what social media we use, but I also think that it depends on maturity as well as age. Although I do think that parents and teachers should teach kids at a young age to have good values and have respect for other people. When there is something negative going on, then I do think that either teachers or parents should jump in. In the end, teachers or parents shouldn’t have a say in what social media we use, but they should watch out for harmful activities.

  • Mehr Sagar

    Social media has many benefits that are often overlooked. We can find new friends, keep in touch with our old ones, and have an insight of what is going on in our friends’ lives. Studies that did show depression being “caused” by social media could never prove if the depression was actually caused by frequent use of social media or if it started being used frequently because of depression. It is quite possible that it was the other way around and that social media was actually helping them cope with depression. Even though, they might look at other peoples’ happiness and think of what they don’t have, they could also think that if others can be so happy what can’t they; It could motivate them.
    Until it can be proven that social media causes any kind of depression, teachers and parents should give kids the freedom to access social media. Plus, with social media becoming such a large part of peoples’ lives, it wouldn’t be fair to keep your children from it while everyone else is using it.

  • Jason

    To think of social media as this sort of disease, this horrible thing that makes everybody sick is abit ridiculous, Social media has done a lot to improve our daily lives, it allows to connect with one another with ease, lets us post about our lives and what we’re up to letting everyone see.

    Of course social media isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, there is its bad side, which everyone should be weary to keep away from. People often use social to abuse or cyberbully one another which is unacceptable. Parents and teachers should warn their children and students of cyberbullying and what it can do to people, and it if happens to them, to just block the cyberbully and don’t worry about anything they try to tell you such as “Kill yourself” or “You’re worthless”.

    Depending on the person’s age social media should usage should be controlled. Let’s say a 13-year old who uses Facebook compared to a 19-year old who uses Facebook. The 13-year old’s use of Facebook should be slightly monitored by the parents but not overdone. The 19-year old is hopefully matured enough to know to stay away from the bad sides of social media and not to cyberbully anybody or post inappropriate content that may offend somebody.

  • Emme Williams

    I believe that parents should have a say in what social
    media their children are using but more importantly how they are using it.
    Above the Noise states, “A good number of researchers have found a correlation between
    Facebook and depressed moods.” So as a parent it is important to keep your
    children safe, even through a screen. But it is important to know what to focus
    on with their usage. It is not so much about social media sites making users
    depressed, but the way they are using the site has a huge impact on their
    mental health. Above the Noise, from KQED Radio, says. “The research says how you’re
    using it is what really matters. Typically, passive use is associated with
    depressed moods, while active use is associated with positive moods.” When they
    say passive use, they mean the scrolling through looking at your friends or
    followers posts and focusing on the good in their lives. When those who already
    have symptoms of depression use the sites they look at other’s lives in a
    completely glorious way, while many users admit to only posting the glorious
    parts of their lives. Future of You writes, “But it’s the research finding a
    correlation between Facebook and feeling lousy that has drawn the attention of
    the media.” I think that is one of the most important points. If we realize
    that everyone’s lives are not as glamorous and upbeat as they appear to be on a
    screen we can use social media without finding correlation with depression and
    the usage. Because of these reasons I believe it is important for parents to
    monitor their children’s social medias accounts, and educate them on what it
    really should be used for.

  • Jalynn

    A question commonly asked by parents and adults is, “How is social media affecting young adults and adolescents?” My own family constantly asks me how long have I been on social media, or why am I wasting all of my time on it. When they first began pestering me with questions, I would get annoyed every time. That’s because I was addicted to social media. I constantly felt the need to be refreshing and scrolling trying to find out new pieces of unimportant information. I decided a few days ago to give up social media until the end of the school year. I have already seen a change in my behavior. I have been more productive, less stressed and more interactive. Just from the way that I have been feeling from taking a social media break, I can definitely tell that this is healthier to not be involved.
    Now I’m not saying that you have to give social media to be happy, because I think it is a very integral part of our society. However, the fact that, “the people who reported spending the most time on social media-more than two hours a day-had twice the odds of perceived social isolation than those who said they spent a half hour per day or less on those sites” (Hobson 2017). I guess the fact that two hours a day is spent on social media is kind of scary. That is two hours that we could be working on other things. According to Above the Noise’s new video, “Can Snapchat Make You Depressed,” they talked about how the difference between how you use social media is the factor that is important. According to them, if you are using social media passively, then you will have a higher risk of depression, but if you are using social media in an active way, then it will have a positive effect on you. I would agree with this, but if you are spending two or more hours on social media, then there is no absolute way that you can get away from using it in a passive way.
    All in all, I think that social media is making us sick. From my own personal experiences, I can tell that I am a more productive member of society because I don’t use as much social media. I think that every adolescent should try to take a break from social media in order to better function. And in hindsight see if they were addicted. And because social media is taking a harmful effect on us, I think that parents should be involved as much as they want in their child’s social media, until this teen or child becomes an adult and they can make their own decisions.

  • TaiLi Samson

    Can Social Media Make You Sick KQED:

    In the present day, teenagers and young adults have been riddled with accusations from their elders regarding social media and how it rots your brain and is a wasteful consumption of time. However, this has been the case ever since technology such as television emerged onto the scene, and the real damage social media imposes lies within in the way that people use it. According to one study, Snapchat can actually boost people’s mood do to the short time that they use it for (Can Snapchat Make You Depressed). But, there is also research that states that people who used social media more often reported a stronger feeling of loneliness and isolation. (Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time on Social Media May Be Why). Other studies from other sources state that adults that use facebook and other social media sites have a 300% increased likelihood of depression than those who were the least active on the sites. (KQED Facebook Blues).

    It’s no question from the source that social media isn’t completely mentally and emotionally safe for people, but there is not concrete evidence that specific websites such as Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram lead to depression. The way people use the sites seems to have the most emotional impact. If a snapchat user is using it to communicate with friends that they cannot see in person, their emotions would probably be positively affected. However, if a social media user is constantly refreshing pages and checking to see what their friends are doing while at home alone, the depressing feelings and loneliness could quickly plague their brain.

  • hunter mckillip

    i believe if a child is old enough to understand how to use social media they should not need anyone to monitor there accounts. in some situations its okay for parents, but teachers should never be allowed to restrict what that child does out of school. everyone in the world needs some privacy even children. and on top of that there are situations where a child may use social media as a safe place where they may be comfortable telling things to people that they may not normally tell people. would you take a bed or a blanket or a bedroom at that away from a child? if not why would you take another safe place away from them? i believe it would be appropriate to have access to the account or to follow that child on there social media account but not to take it away if they’ve done nothing wrong on it. and in my personal oppinion children now a days are raised awful as it is, they are so sheltered and spoiled and babied that they are never going to to be ready for the real world if they get bullied or do some bullying in my eyes that’s nothing more than toughening those kids up. So no, social media should not be restricted by parents and especially not by teachers.

  • camron

    I do not believe that parents and teachers should control the child’s use of social media. Mainly, due to the fact that social media needs to be better navigated and controlled by the user. Rather than controlling the social media, an alternative would be to better educate children (and adults) on ways to avoid negative aspects in social media. For example the article above stays “The relationship between social media use and depression is complex”, this suggests that each case of depression due to these online social platforms is very different, and should be dealt with by the individual and not the parent or teacher in a executive position. If social media users are making a conscientious effort to improve the lives of themselves and others through these connections than we can solve our own media-born depression and maybe even help others move past their own personal-battles with social media.

  • Jimmy Santos

    Social media has become an everyday necessity in today’s society. There have been claims about social media negatively affecting our everyday mood and lifestyle choices. But in the video clip: Can Snapchat Make You Sick? By Above the Noise, it mentions that social media affects behavioral patterns based on the characteristics of individual use. As an example they showed that active users who write comments or use the messaging features have shown to be happier than those who are not active with the application. Attached to this article there are several other sources such as Facebook Blues: How You Use The Site Can Make You Depressed, Say Research. (KQED SCIENCE) which claim social media may put you at a higher risk of depression. Another article attached: Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why.Claims that heavy use of social media has been shown to show signs of isolation, but as mentioned in the Above the Noise video, it is solely dependent on how the social platforms are used. I had mentioned previously that users who are active on their accounts by interacting with other users are actually shown to be happier than the others who lack social interaction the the social platforms.Other articles mention addiction to social media, which may seem like a crazy claim, but I support this claim. You don’t realize how dependent on you cell phone or computer you actually are until you don’t have it. I’m on hour five without social media and I fiend to know what has been happening on my timeline or how many snapchats I may have received. I do not support crazy claims but I do support the claim of dependency of social media.

  • Logan Mansberger

    Logan Mansberger
    18 April, 2017
    Mr. Young
    5th Hour

    Is Social Media Making You Sick?

    Is Social Media making you sick? Their is some truth to this question, social media can be deadly to some relationships, causes strife and anguish due to the fact that people are constantly being watched. Photos, videos, and comments are all being looked at constantly giving the opportunity for others to judge and your self image on the internet is questioned. Kathy Hobson from Npr says that spending too much time on social media correlates to depression, “ It turns out that the people who reported spending the most time on social media — more than two hours a day — had twice the odds of perceived social isolation than those who said they spent a half hour per day or less on those sites. And people who visited social media platforms most frequently, 58 visits per week or more, had more than three times the odds of perceived social isolation than those who visited fewer than nine times per week.” (Hobson)
    Looking at others experiences can create a sense of isolation and wanting to be involved in others activities, Making a conscious thoughts of this natural, typically the feeling of being alone can create moody thoughts.Derek Lartaud found that different videos can add to your depression or simply make you feel more included or separated depending the form of social media. (video, KQED) Lartaud went onto say that facebook can be more related to loneliness. Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg the founder and CEO of Facebook talks about the secret of social media, ““I’ve had friends call me and say, ‘Your life looks so amazing.’ And I tell them, ‘I’m a marketer. I’m only posting the moments that are amazing.” Social media can make you sick by spending too much time.

  • Adam Pall

    I do not think teachers should get involved in our social media use unless it is used during school and/or violates some sort of school policy. I do think parents should have some say in our social media usage. Not necessarily on what sites we use and how we use it but more so how much time we spend on it per day. In an article published by Jon Brooks on KQED Science he states, “University of Pittsburgh researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults, ages 19 through 32, and found an almost 300 percent greater likelihood of depression in the most active users of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit than in those who used them the least,” and, “People who had taken a break from Facebook felt happier and were less sad and lonely,” an online presentation of the study said. Those on the Facebook fast also “reported a significantly higher level of satisfaction” and significantly less stress than those sentenced to remain on the site.” Suggesting there is a relation between increased social media usage and increased levels of stress and/or depression. Another article published on NPR by Katherine Hobson states, “Among people in that age group, heavy use of platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram was associated with feelings of social isolation, a study finds.” Suggesting a relation between social media usage and feelings of isolation. So, while I don’t think our social media sites and usage should be monitored I do think we, or someone else should monitor the amount of time we spend on social media sites.

  • Cecilia Murray

    I do not believe that parents or teachers should have say over what social media we use and how we use it. I do believe that social media has bad outcomes but there can also be a good outcome. Over the years’ social media has changed and as the years pass there are more things that we can do from sending a photo to a mass group of people for only ten seconds to connecting with someone on Facebook who is across the country. An article put out by the National Public Radio said “It could be that when people feel socially isolated, they go online a lot in an attempt to feel less lonely. Or it might be that spending a lot of time on social media makes people feel isolated” It could really go either way with people and their social media use. When someone feels isolated or left out they will look on Facebook, Twitter, Snap-chat, etc… but all that really does is make them feel even more isolated or left out because they will see what everyone else is doing without them. A video called “Can Snapchat make you depressed?” brought up the point that how you use these social media accounts is how to alters your mood. Wellbeing of people improves when they are looking at more active uses of Facebook like sharing photos, liking each other’s posts, or writing on each other’s timelines can boost your mood. When you sit back and passively read your news feed it will not have the same effect as using Facebook actively. So I think that if the people using social media accounts knew how to use them in a healthy way they could be more active in life and on their accounts.

  • Emily Michelsen

    Is social Media Making You Sick?
    Social media is a very complicated thing. Some of us spend hours a day browsing facebook, snapchat, instagram, etc. Many people believe that it is the reason for depression and loneliness in individuals. Can social media really make you sick?
    Some studies suggest that yes, social media can be the cause for depression. “University of Pittsburgh researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults, ages 19 through 32, and found an almost 300 percent greater likelihood of depression in the most active users of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit than in those who used them the least.”-(Jon Brookes, September 6th 2016). I personally feel that browsing and becoming excessively invested in other people’s lives and what they post on their accounts can make you feel worse than if you didn’t. I purposely avoid going on facebook because seeing other people post the best moments of their lives tends to make me feel envious and less satisfied with my own life. This is also the exact reason why I deleted my Instagram app off of my phone.
    I live with depression. Social Media didn’t make me that way, and I have no one reason for being depressed. I just have it. And Having this, I can understand why some people would look into social media to make themselves feel better, or to distract themselves; “The University of Pittsburgh researchers acknowledged as much with this disclaimer: ‘It may be that people who already are depressed are turning to social media to fill a void.’”–(Jon Brookes, September 6th 2016). There’s no saying whether it can actually make you feel better, but connecting with other people can temporarily lift your spirits sometimes.
    Social media is different for everybody, simply depending on who they are. It’s different for people of different age groups. These different factors can contribute to how they treat social media and how it treats them. “young adults generally have a lot of different opportunities for in-person experiences and so social media use may represent a retreat from that, while older adults are more likely to feel socially isolated and might benefit from having opportunities to connect online.”-(Katherine Hobson, march 6th 2017). In conclusion, I do not think that Social Media can be the sole cause of someone becoming depressed or sick in some way, it can just amplify the feelings you already have. It is capable of making you feel down about yourself and your life, so it’s important to take necessary measures such as limiting the amount of time you spend on social media, take caution on who you follow and how they make you feel, or only talk to people you are really close with.
    -Emily Michelsen

  • Melanie Funk

    I think up until a certain age parents should have a say in what their kids are using. Once they hit high school, though, it’s pretty much out of the parents hands. The most they can do is give them all the information about social media and leave it up to the kids. Here’s a site that outlines more pros and cons to social media use http://socialnetworking.procon.org/. The most any parent can do is give their kid all of the information (about any topic) and hope they use it. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kanako

      I agree with you! It is true that parents and teachers can only teach children how to use social media. However, it can influence on children’s using SNS in their future. The result will be totally different from no education about social media. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSnapchat

  • Kristy

    As a teen, my parents sometimes monitor what I do online, so I rarely post anything online. But I believe that it is just their way of educating me on how to use the social media, I am able to be cautious of how I use the social media. In my opinion, it is a good idea for teachers to teach the safe/right way of using social media. And unless the child is okay with their parents monitoring what they do on social media, parents shouldn’t force it on them. But I think that parents should be able to check on their child once in a while to see if they are having problems online. Using the social media is basically like connecting to people around the world, so people have to be careful of how they use it.

  • Reid Goble

    Social media has been labeled in both positive and negative ways. The use of social media and whether it is labeled as something good or something bad has a lot to do with how it is used. Social media “can make you feel lonely and down, or it can make you feel more connected and supported” (Social Media and Your Brain). Although I do believe that using social media can be good or bad for a person’s mood I don’t believe that parents or teachers should have a say in what social media a person uses and how they use it, to a point. Obviously, if someone is using social media in a destructive or illegal way then parents, teachers, or authorities should have a say, but in general I believe that a person should be able to use social media in any way they please. Even though studies have found a “correlation between Facebook use and a depressed mood”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the depressed mood is due to using Facebook (Above the Noise/KQED). A person who is depressed might just use Facebook more. As NPR clearly puts it, “it could be that when people feel socially isolated, they go online a lot in an attempt to feel less lonely or it might be that spending a lot of time on social media makes people feel isolated” (NPR). Social media can be used in a positive and uplifting way if a person chooses so, or it could be used in a more negative and depressing way.

  • Taylore Aisha Hilou

    In my opinion I don’t agree that social media is making people sick though social media can lead to cyberbullying, depression,anxiety, self conscious and etc. But what if people are already depressed, people are getting bullied physically and verbally rather than mentally by social media. Social media is just a contributing factor. I don’t think teachers and parents should control what we post on social media, but some people publicize it like facebook status, or instagram pictures. Once an explicit content is posted or any cyber bullying is out there I think teachers and parents should just do their job as an adult to lend a hand and end the situation. Some people have a tight relationship to their phone and completely forget the people that surround them. In Bangkok, as you go on to the metro train, you can see a majority of people standing or sitting, listening to music, calling someone, messaging someone, playing games, scrolling through instagram and facebook feeds, snapchat stories, and much more. Clearly people have a relationship with social media but it’s complex. People can argue that social media itself is tie with depression. Fundamentally, social media is part of modern life but people have the ability to take control and responsibility, and setting considerate boundaries. Therefor, social media may make us sad, but only when we let it. So maybe next time when you go to take your phone out, check Facebook over an intimate dinner or search for an ex, ask yourself why?…

  • Ciana Bell

    I do not think that teachers should control child’s use of social media what so ever. They can have no cellphone rules in class and such, but they should not intervene with how kids use social media or how often they use social media. With that, I do feel that parents should at least monitor their child’s use of social media to ensure that their children are not being cyber bullied or to ensure that they are not getting themselves into any trouble. According to an online Pediatric source,”social media participation can offer adolescents deeper benefits that extend into their view of self, community, and the world, including.” http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/127/4/800 This cite also offers 5 benefits of social media use this include, 1. opportunities for community engagement through raising money for charity and volunteering for local events, including political and philanthropic events; 2. enhancement of individual and collective creativity through development and sharing of artistic and musical endeavors; 3. growth of ideas from the creation of blogs, podcasts, videos, and gaming sites; 4.expansion of one’s online connections through shared interests to include others from more diverse backgrounds (such communication is an important step for all adolescents and affords the opportunity for respect, tolerance, and increased discourse about personal and global issues); 5. and fostering of one’s individual identity and unique social skills. Parents should be aware of these benefits along and help their children use social media in a positive way rather than trying to fully control their social media use. #DoNowSnapchat #MyCMSTArgs

  • Emily Michelsen

    Is social Media Making You Sick?

    Social media is a very complicated thing. Some of us spend hours a day browsing facebook, snapchat, instagram, etc. Many people believe that it is the reason for depression and loneliness in individuals. Can social media really make you sick?

    Some studies suggest that yes, social media can be the cause for depression. “University of Pittsburgh researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults, ages 19 through 32, and found an almost 300 percent greater likelihood of depression in the most active users of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit than in those who used them the least.”-(Jon Brookes, September 6th 2016). I personally feel that browsing and becoming excessively invested in other people’s lives and what they post on their accounts can make you feel worse than if you didn’t. I purposely avoid going on facebook because seeing other people post the best moments of their lives tends to make me feel envious and less satisfied with my own life. This is also the exact reason why I deleted my Instagram app off of my phone.

    I live with depression. Social Media didn’t make me that way, and I have no one reason for being depressed. I just have it. And Having this, I can understand why some people would look into social media to make themselves feel better, or to distract themselves; “The University of Pittsburgh researchers acknowledged as much with this disclaimer: ‘It may be that people who already are depressed are turning to social media to fill a void.’”–(Jon Brookes, September 6th 2016). There’s no saying whether it can actually make you feel better, but connecting with other people can temporarily lift your spirits sometimes. Social media is different for everybody, simply depending on who they are. It’s different for people of different age groups. These different factors can contribute to how they treat social media and how it treats them. “young adults generally have a lot of different opportunities for in-person experiences and so social media use may represent a retreat from that, while older adults are more likely to feel socially isolated and might benefit from having opportunities to connect online.”-(Katherine Hobson, march 6th 2017). In conclusion, I do not think that Social Media can be the sole cause of someone becoming depressed or sick in some way, it can just amplify the feelings you already have. It is capable of making you feel down about yourself and your life, so it’s important to take necessary measures such as limiting the amount of time you spend on social media, take caution on who you follow and how they make you feel, or only talk to people you are really close with.

  • Eric Ascencio

    I dont think that teachers should control what social media you use but i think if parents dont want to let there children have social media that is ok because they are in charge of there children. Social media can be an unsafe thing for children at a young age. Posting pictures of your self and post where you are at a young age pry isn’t the best idea. If I was a parent in todays day and age i would want my kids to have certain social media platforms like snapchat. Social media has been a great invention in our time but it also has been very damaging to our society in many ways. I think social media has damaged our ability to communicate face to face. In todays society it is so easy to send a text or an email. I think it has changed the way we communicate and I think that is not a good thing. Many people my age are not able to communicate face to face with people in power such as teachers and bosses and i think this is a very big issue. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSnapchat
    http://www.business2community.com/social-media/impact-social-media-truly-society-0974685#QOXJ7MKLhgMTsSRZ.97

  • Katrina Bjork

    Social media is such a touchy subject when it comes to kids. I believe that a lot of kids these days are too young to use social media. I believe social media can be a dangerous thing and a lot of kids don’t know how to use it appropriately. Parents should know when their child is ready to use social media and should talk to them about the use of it. I believe if a parent feels like they need to regulate their childs social media they should be able to since they are doing it just to look out for their kid. According to parenting.com, “social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day”. If a parent thinks that is too much and if affecting their child in a negative way, they should regulate the use of social media.
    #DoNowSnapchat #MyCMSTArgs

    http://www.parenting.com/gallery/social-media-monitoring-kids

    • Seryna Valencia

      What do you think about teachers regulating the use of social media? Should they have a say too, being that they are there to teach? Also, I agree that parents should have discussions with their kids about the dangers of what social media can do. Regulating is necessary in come cases but I am a strong believer that strict parents raise sneaky kids. The more a parent says no, the more that the kid is going to want to do it and that is not a healthy relationship to have; deception and dishonesty. Open discussion is the way to handle it in my book.
      #DoNowSnapchat #MyCMSTArgs

  • Kyle Robins

    Parents and teachers should not have a say in the social media we use. Social media has becoming an amazing way for people to connect with their friends and build stronger relationships. As the world advances more in technology, more and more people will be using outlets like this for simple communication. Social media is not bad, but kids should be educated on the right and wrong ways to use it. #Donowsnapchat #myCMSTargs

    • Juan Benitez

      I completely agree with you, in that kids need to be taught the rights and wrongs from social media. Not only does it build stronger relationships with friends. But it could also build new ones. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSnapchat

  • Seryna Valencia

    Like everything else in this world, there are benefits and consequences; social media is no different. The best thing that parents and teachers can do about protecting people from the dangers of social media is to talk about the repercussions. Explain why letting people know where you are and what you are doing puts a target on your back for predators or why posting derogatory pictures could haunt your future. Many people know these dangers but some still do not (even parents). However, parents should have a say in what their child dose but teachers have no place. Teachers may teach about the dangers if they feel its needed but other than that they should sick to teaching academic material to their students. Parents may have a hard time controlling what social media their kids are using because there are special apps to hide things like that on phones. Like many things, if a teen wants to do it, then they will find a way. There are many great things about social media that many unapprovers are unaware of. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are places where voices and opinions can be heard and expresses. According to Reachout.com there is a recent study posted by Young and Well Cooperative Research Center that found that “social networking services actually play a vital role for in young people’s lives – delivering educational outcomes; facilitating supportive relationships; identity formation; and, promoting a sense of belonging and self-esteem.”. All in all the best thing to do is to just talk and teach about it.
    http://au.professionals.reachout.com/benefits-of-internet-and-social-media
    #DoNowSnapchat
    #MyCMSTArgs

  • Juan Benitez

    Parents and teachers should not have a say on social media. Not only will this hinder their growth among their classmates, but they will also not know how to use it in a good way. They should just be educated on what not to do. Such as posting nude photos ect. Social media is the future no matter how much one will try and blind their kids from it. So why not show them what to do. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowsnapchat

  • Kanako

    I think we should definitely educate children about how to use SNS. I learned about SNS before I created my SNS accounts, and the knowledge helped me figure out how to behave on the SNS. For example, I don’t post photos of others or tag them on my timeline without their permission. (Except private group pages…) I usually figure out who doesn’t want to be tagged. Also, I usually try not to write something negative because I believe that negative comments make others feel sad.
    Therefore, children should learn about how to use SNS before they create their SNS accounts. Especially, they should learn about empathy; teachers should tell students to think, “How would you feel if you received negative comments or your friends posted your private photos?” #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSnapchat

  • Nanci Contreras

    Whether or not parents should supervise their children’s social media presence depends on how they parent and whether or not they are okay with their kids using or having certain social media accounts. As far as teachers go, i don’t really think it is any of their business unless cyber bullying or something of the sort is happening. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowSnapchat

  • Tori Mancuso

    Children and social media is a scary thought. I have two younger siblings who are approaching the ages where it may be appropriate for them to create accounts, however, this terrifies me. I absolutely believe parents should have the right to monitor their children’s social media platforms and how they use it. The internet is a vast and sometimes unhealthy place, especially for children. They are so curious and vulnerable. There are just some things out there that they should not see and that can affect their young minds. With the rise of internet fame, people will do anything to get more likes, comments, followers. Children believe they have to reflect themselves in different lights on the internet and this can lead to many problems. Parents should be able to step in and see what’s going on behind the screen not only because of the rise of cyberbullying but for their overall mental health, privacy and self respect. Teachers, on the other hand, should only be allowed to step in when they are using the devices on campus. Personally, I believe there is no beneficial use for social media in primary school anyways. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety #DoNowSnapchat #MyCMSTArgs

  • Carly Campbell

    I decided to pick the topic of gay marriage because it is super controversial in our society. Personally, I believe love is love and people should be able to marry anyone they want to. Some opposing arguments to this are the idea that “god and the bible say that being gay is wrong.” EEEEEHHHH not true. People interpret the bible different then what it is meant to be told to them. How do we know that god wanted us to only be straight? We can’t be sure. So we should stick to values that let people do what they want and have no repercussions for it. (At least in this case) Another argument against gay marriage is that it makes people uncomfortable. Well, in life we might not always like what we have to or see but we just have to deal with it…again just in thus case. Overall, I think that this topic has TONS of different opinions but I will always be for gay rights. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mugambi-jouet/gay-marriage-controversy_b_1556992.html

    • Brian Luong

      I agree with you that gay rights should be continued to be fought for. However, I also see why some people may have a bias towards gay people. Some people choose to interpret the Bible that being gay is a sin just like how different people interpret the constitution in various ways. Some people in more rural states are also not exposed to gay people as much and it may be shocking for them and harder for them to accept. A large part in what people think is what their parents expose them to as well. If their parents feel a certain way about gay people, it is likely to be passed down to the child as well. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

    • devinn bradford

      I agree but it is vital to understand why some people may feel a certain way about this topic. It could depend on their religion, ethnicity, or how thy were raised. #MyCmstArgs #donowconfirmationbias

    • Christiana Manzanares

      I agree with you Carly. I believe that love is love and that anyone and everyone has the right to decide who they want to marry weather it is a man or woman. Denying some people the option to marry is discriminatory and creates a second class of citizens. I also believe that same-sex couples should have access to the same benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. This is a very heated topic and everyone has the right to their own opinion, but I believe that gay marriage should be allowed, accepted, and legal everywhere.
      #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

    • Nanci Contreras

      Flat out hating on gay marriage and using the bible as your reason why is not only stupid, but inaccurate. The Christian bible says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. So even if you are a believer that being gay is a sin, the bible says we are all sinners. 1 John 4:8 says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Therefore, God not only loves the sinner, but anyone who cannot love as he does, cannot claim to know God or speak in his name, because they do not actually know him. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs https://www.openbible.info/topics/unconditional_love

  • Brian Luong

    The controversial topic that I had decided to do was the topic of whether or not abortion is actually murder. Those who are pro choice argue it should be up to a woman to decide whether or not she wants an abortion. A majority of pro choice also believe that abortion is not considered murder, but not all. Those who are pro life argue that it is murder and that abortion should be illegal. The main difference between the two is that those who are pro life believe a fetus is considered a baby and that abortion is murder. This is controversial because many people have different opinions on what is considered a baby, wether it be as soon as the women is pregnant, in certain trimesters, or when the bump on the belly starts to show. People who are pro life often protest because they believe that abortion is murder and it is their right to do so. I don’t think the topic of whether abortion is murder will be solved anytime soon but it’s good to listen to both sides of the spectrum. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs
    https://www.truelife.org/answers/is-abortion-murder

  • devinn bradford

    Our brain focuses on fake news, because as humans, we want to believe that what we think to be true, is actually true. Although I agree that confirmation bias is a real thing, there are factors that go into this also. Some people are going to think of feel a certain way about things based off their social background, race, or ethnicity. Also, a lot of people were raised differently which has conditioned them to believe or only want to accept certain things. I think it is vital to point out these factors as to why. Although, I do agree that a person must look at the other side of things. #MyCmstArgs #donowconfirmationbias

    • Brigitte Dahrouj

      I see your point for sure. I think people just don’t want to take the time to educate themselves and take the easy way out. They read something that they agree with and it reinforces their ideology whether it’s true or not. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Courtney German

    My controversial topic is Climate Change! Science has proven that right now the heat we’re feeling is caused by humans and is not in fact a natural earth cycle. We can look back and see the cycles the earth has gone through and all of them show that we should be cooling right now. My Natural Hazards and Disasters class just went over climate change so that’s how I know something about this. The opponents who don’t believe in climate change use the natural cycle excuse a lot, but that has easily been shot down. I really believe that these people actually 100% know that climate change is a thing that is hurting our planet, but they just don’t care. Money is all they care about so why would they want to admit that so much of what we’re doing is hurting the planet? Then they’d have to stop mining and logging and using certain cemicals and start using better methods. They’ll be dead by the time it’s to late to fix this so they have no motive to change. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

    • Zoe Atava

      I agree that some people disregard science and have their own explanations for something like climate change. Its interesting how people choose to disregard science due to confirmation bias and look for explanations to defend their beliefs, even when science proves them wrong.#DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Christiana Manzanares

    My controversial topic is abortion. I believe that any and all women have the right to do what they want with their body no matter what the circumstance is. The U.S constitution has declared that abortion is a “fundamental right” guaranteed by the constitution. However I am here to discuss not my side on this issue but actually the opposite. I understand that the other side (Pro-Life) sees abortion as murder. They believe that killing in innocent human is wrong. I also understand that they believe that life begins at conception, so unborn babies are human beings with a right to life. Pro-Life advocates also believe that fetuses feel pain during the abortion procedure. A main point a lot of Pro-Life advocates state is that abortion is the killing of a human being, which defies the word of God. I understand all of these arguments and respect everyone has the right to their own opinion, however I just do not agree and see abortion in a different way. http://abortion.procon.org
    #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Zoe Atava

    My controversial topic is transgender bathroom in high school environments. I believe that individuals have the right to use whatever bathroom that they identify with. However, I do recognize that there are other sides to this controversial topic. Firstly, people believe that allowing this would give the right to people to abuse the system. It would allow people with perverted minds into the bathrooms of their young children. They would have no way to prove their true gender identity. Furthermore, some believe that gender is not fluid. They don’t agree with the fact that some people identify with the opposite gender, or even unsure what gender they fit into. I see where both sides are coming from. People are allowed to agree to disagree and some topics are just controversial and will stay that way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNmwvntMF5A&feature=youtu.be #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

    • Grace Gerberich

      I like your controversial topic choice, I also agree that individuals have the right to use whatever bathroom that they identify with. I like your statement that people will always have certain issues that they disagree and agree with and it will remain that way. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

    • Jess Elm 🐙

      I like how you gave both sides to the argument. I agree, people should be allowed to use the bathroom they choose and it is sad how creepy people who want to use the bathrooms for other reasons are ruining it for those. Also there’s no proof that people would be any safer from being harassed in the gender segregated bathrooms versus the unisex ones. https://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/trans-restroom-faq #MyCMSTArgs

  • Grace Gerberich

    I am choosing the controversial topic of climate change. So as most people know, climate change is a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. A lot of people believe that humans are the ones who are responsible for climate change and that it is on us to stop it. The other side of climate change is that it is a natural cycle. In order for humans to make a consistent effort to help prevent climate change they’d have to stop mining, logging and stop releasing damaging chemicals into the air and instead start using better methods. #DoNowConfirmationBias #DoNowCMSTArgs https://climate.nasa.gov

    • Ryan Sotelo

      I think your choice is interesting! I like that you stayed unbiased and just gave the sides to the arguments. #DoNowConfirmationBias #myCMSTArgs

  • Ryan Sotelo

    My controversial topic is the right to bear arms, While I believe it is right to own firearms, but there is a lot of flack against it. Going on to pro con I looked at gun control and the top argument is that the second amendment is not an unlimited right to own arms. It goes on to explain that the how old the second amendment is and explains that owning firearms is a right, but the right to conceal firearms is not explicitly protected by the second amendment. http://gun-control.procon.org/
    #Donowconfirmationbias #DoNowCMSTArgs

  • Nanci Contreras

    The controversial topic I am against is animal testing. I believe it is inhumane, unnecessary, and inaccurate. Supporters of animal testing believe animal testing has contributed to many life-saving cures and treatments, there is no adequate alternative to testing on a living, whole-body system, and animals are appropriate research subjects because they are similar to human beings in many ways. #DoNowConfirmationBias #myCMSTArgs

    • Jonny Ballesteros

      I agree with you on your controversial topic. It is cruel how we use animals to test certain medications or products. Even though there is benefits from doing this, I still believe it is wrong since we are putting animals in danger by doing this. The solution in my opinion is to find another way to test these things. #MyCmstArgs #DoNowConformationBias

    • Dollie Partida

      I agree animal testing is a harsh thing to do. Nevertheless I think it is not 100% unnecessary. In someway it could save peoples lives but I would say that what we need to do is limit it. Also face the fact that every organism is different. They can’t be testing foundation on a chimpanzee because they do not have the same skin as a human. There are several things that can lead to that inaccurate examination. Animal testing is a controversial issue and has both good cons and good pros, which is why I think people are often the most conformational bias. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Jonny Ballesteros

    The controversial topic is abortion. I believe that any women should have the right to decide what she wants to do with her own body. Many others believe it is wrong since it is taking away the life of a baby. Although their is many reasons why it should be considered wrong, just liked stated in the video people are going to stick on what they believe, “conformation bias”. ” Bringing an unwanted child into the world is irresponsible. I am not pro-abortion. I am pro-choice. I believe that every woman should decide what to do with her own body without restrictions placed on her by a strongly religious government that ironically preaches the 200 year old doctrine of the separation of church and state”. http://web.mit.edu/pro-choice/www/reasons.html
    #MyCmstArgs #DoNowConformationbias

    • Melanie Funk

      I completely agree with you. Respect others opinions. No one is asking people opposing abortions to have one, just like they should not be forcing women to keep their babies. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Carrie Requa

      I agree! Whether there are medical issues or someone knows they are unable to car for a child they should have the right to choose what they do with their bodies. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowConfirmationBias

    • Taylor MacAndrew

      I really appreciate your post! And also for clarifying that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion. Many factors play into a woman’s body and for anyone else to claim the right over that is simply ridiculous. #donowconfirmationbias #myCMSTargs

  • Melanie Funk

    I also chose the topic of abortion. Abortion is a tricky controversial topic because religion plays a huge role in this belief. I am very much pro choice, but I can obviously respect why someone would be against it because of their own personal religious beliefs. Where it becomes an issue, however, is when people try to put their opinions on another person. I would never tell a woman who’s pregnant to get an abortion just like someone who strongly disagrees with abortion should not urge someone who doesn’t want a baby to keep it. Respect opposing opinions. If you don’t agree with abortion, don’t have an abortion. If you agree with it, go for it. http://www.economist.com/node/1534731 #MyCMSTArgs

  • Brigitte Dahrouj

    I chose climate change and why particular politicians don’t believe it is real or don’t believe humans contribute to the process. Specifically I looked at our local congressman Doug LaMalfa. Now usually the fact that green house gases are real is not a question and the fact is that climate change is real, but what is under dispute is whether humans exacerbate the rate of climate change. Now our local Congressman is unique because he stated at a town hall meeting that CO2 is not a greenhouse gas. This is not accurate and has been disputed by many scientists. This is a step further than the idea that humans don’t have an impact but the outright denial of what is considered a greenhouse gas. It didn’t make sense to me until I remembered that fossil fuel companies line his pockets with campaign contributions. The issue with this is when a political party takes a stance, its supporters will begin to support that stance solely based on the fact that they identify with that party. Essentially people will say I’m a liberal and liberals believe this so I must believe it too, and the same happens with conservatives. People like the easy way out and don’t want to have to extensively research issues. It is really problematic that an entire party is in denial of science because they want to continue their campaign funding. As a result people believe whatever their party or biased news source tells them despite its accuracy. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Carrie Requa

    One topic that is controversial is abortion. I believe everyone should have the right to choose what they do to there bodies no matter the circumstance. On the other side of things, many think if you get an abortion you are taking away a life. I think otherwise. IF there is an issue surrounding a pregnancy or if you straight up know you are unable to care for a child you should not have to go through that hardship of childbirth when the end result won’t be a good one anyway. http://web.mit.edu/pro-choice/www/reasons.html #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowConfirmationBias

  • Taylor MacAndrew

    There is a controversial debate on whether Global warming is due to a natural cycle or is a human-caused/influenced. Researchers say, that for millions of years Earth’s natural climate tends to rotate between warm periods and ice ages. The periods of shifting in and out are found to be correlated strongly with Milankovitch cycles. These natural warming cycles can also be affects by many of Earth’s system i.e. the atmosphere, ocean, vegetation, etc. #donowconfirmationbias #myCMSTargs
    http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/natural-cycle

  • Dollie Partida

    My topic is abortion. Abortion is a topic that is very controversial. I am pro-choice. I have my reasons to believe why pro-choice is the best action. I believe a woman has the right to their bodies. Having that option of obtaining an abortion is why I am pro choice. I am not pro-abrotion. I think a lot of confirmation bias comes from people thinking pro-choice means we want everyone to abort. No in fact it’s the option that it’s there, to prevent women from finding other ways and possibly causing more harm when it could’ve been done safely. I see why Pro-life think the way they think. We all come from different views, values and cultures. Some people are raised in a very religious setting and abortion is solely a religious thing where other are pro life because of personal experiences. I once talked to someone that was on campus advocating for pro-life, I asked her why she believed in that and her reason was because she has had sisters, nieces and friends who have gone thru an abortion and has seen how much it affected them. I have not had that connection with someone who has gone through an abortion and that goes with how different everyones life and experiences is. According to this article http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/friedman-why-i-am-pro-life.html I really like how he explained “I will never refer to someone who pickets Planned Parenthood but lobbies against common-sense gun laws as “pro-life.”. He takes it a step further on what pro-life is. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowConfirmationBias

    • Lee V

      I think its very important to respect someone else’s background, their culture, and their experiences in regards to respecting their opinion on an issue like this. I’m glad to read that you were able to openly discuss this with people of differing opinion than yourself- many have tried and failed! #Donowconfirmationbias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Lee V

    I believe strongly in man-made global warming , but this experiment is meant to make me research the side of the argument for those who do not believe this. It seems their beliefs lay in the range of understanding that there any changing weather patterns globally, but that they do not represent any consequences to man made activity. The claims are often made that the earth has always had warmer and cooler periods. This is valid, I feel, but what we are doing to the earth has never been done before. But it was interesting researching a different opinion than my own. #donowconfirmationbias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Summer Berglund

    A huge controversial topic is abortion. It is the most interesting to be because there is really no right or wrong side. It gets interesting when people mention their arguments such as “it’s unconstitutional” or “if you believe in God you wouldn’t do this to a person. On the other side you see people making arguments that there is not a baby in there. It’s just a fetus.. and so on… I’ve researched both sides very much, but am going to say I’m more on the side of pro choice. I would never get an abortion personally, but I know I have the capability to be a good mom. If you feel that you have no business and shouldn’t bring a child into this world then please don’t.

    • Juan Benitez

      I agree in that if someone has no business being a good mother then they should just look into the abortion option. After all the mother would know best for their situation. It not up to anyone but the mother on how she wants to handle her life and decisions. I am also not one to want to recommend an abortion, however I will support whatever decisions will be made by mothers.#DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Juan Benitez

    My controversial topic is abortion. One half of the population believes that it takes the rights away from the child, however the other half believes that not having abortions available takes away from the right of the mother. With arguments against the child being a mere fetus and such. I believe that I think abortion should be made available, I just do not wish it upon any woman as it may be a traumatic experience. But id rather have the mother get an abortion if she can not mother or take care of the child properly. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Trevor Ramsey

    One controversial issue is physician assisted suicide. With 5 states incorporating the Death with Dignity Act into its legislation it is a topic that has already been debated for years, but only recently have the majority of physicians accepted the act as a proper medical practice. The issue at hand is that many physicians have completed years of schooling on the opposite of euthanasia. For me, the idea of ending life to escape daily insufferable pain is logical and respectable. The NY Times have reported both sides of the matter and do a great job of providing unbiased viewpoints to inform their audience. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs
    Source: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/euthanasia

    • Jace Cuneo

      I agree with you on the side you support. I think that as a business, they would like to keep you alive and make money as oppose to killing off business. It’s totally screwed up and I’m probably wrong. Its just my confirmation bias you know.
      #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowConfirmationBias

  • Trevor Ramsey

    Many GMO’s are benificial to the population, however in some quantities they can be catastrophic to some crops DNA. There are still unknown risks associated with GMO’s and because of this they should continually be monitored. #DoNowConfirmationBias #MyCMSTArgs

  • Curious

    Libs have brains????

  • Carrie Snyder-Renfro

    I learned about this in an #edmodochat and am excited to use the Low Down lesson in my classroom. https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/05/Can-You-Beat-Cognitive-Bias-lesson-plan.pdf
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