Social Media Corrupts Human Interactions | Jack Symonds | Part 1 of 6



the motion is this house believed social media corrupts human interactions now now look to Jack Simon Standing Committee Lady Margaret Hall to open a case for proposition Thank You mr. president and thank you for having me as one of your guest speakers this evening I would like to start by saying that I am most certainly not against social media any one of my friends or followers will tell you that I'm certainly not averse to the semi-regular Instagram post Facebook upload or even snapchat story perhaps even more importantly as an Australian student social media allows me to effortlessly stay in contact with my friends and family around the world more importantly still social media acts as a positive implication for many people living in developing countries and some of the world's largest social media companies are at the heart of these positive changes Facebook's internet.org for example has given Internet access to over 25 million people around the world who have been able to reap the many benefits that the internet provide these people live in countries ranging from Kenya to Colombia and the program is only in its first two years social media gives a voice to the people it allows us to fight for what we believe in it keeps people safe and it allows us to create a movement in the name of what we think is right but the fact of the matter is that the motion put before the House tonight is not about the benefit of social media it is not about whether or not the internet is good or bad the motion put before us tonight is about the impact that social media can have on our interaction on our relationships and on each and every one of our lives on a deeply personal level as a society we are constantly feeling the need to be seen by massive amounts of people we are growing more and more dependent on instant gratification and in order to feel included we are forced to post graham snap tweet upload pin check in swipe like share react or message our real human connections are being replaced by virtual relationships the simple truth is that for the most part we are spending huge proportions of our lives living in the digital universe and it is corrupting the way that we act with each other but before I go into more detail about the ways in which social media is affecting our lives it falls on me to introduce tonight's opposition speaking first for the opposition tonight is my friend lolly VAD Romani now in the spirit of tonight's debate Facebook memes often tell us to find you someone who can do both but as the treasurer elect of the Oxford Union as president of the Oxford Majlis Asian society as an incoming summer intern in JP Morgan's asset management division and as a regular attendee at all of the finest night clubs at Oxford has to offer lalibela money can not only do both she can do it all next up we have Liam Hackett founder and CEO of ditch the label Liam and I were chuckling earlier because I when I was researching him in the lead-up to tonight's debate I came across the first comment on his Wikipedia page which simply read Liam Hackett should not have a Wikipedia page Liam you'll be pleased to hear that I actually disagree I have tremendous respect for you and the work they are doing for victims of cyberbullying and I look very much forward to hearing what you have to say tonight finally closing the case of the Opposition we have dr. Jessica Calvin or hinders sociologists now in an attempt to sabotage my opposition and learn about their arguments for tonight's debate I set my tinder radius to the maximum 160 kilometers however it was obviously far enough not far enough because Jessica we are yet to match and I still have no idea what you're going to say against me tonight mr. president these AO speakers and they are most welcome I'd now like to continue my argument by first discussing the impact that social media is having on us at an individual level because if we can agree that social media is affecting us as individuals and changing the way that we behave it follows that social media is affecting the way we interact with each other research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine studied over 1,700 people between the ages of 19 and 32 it was found that on average participants were spending 61 minutes per day on social media and visiting social media websites over 30 times per week this research was conducted in 2014 and the numbers have been growing steadily since that time over one quarter of the young people survey displayed indicators of high levels of depression and the people who most frequently check social media were found to be 2.7 times more likely to develop depression than the average now the opposition would have you believe that this data is inaccurate perhaps it is people who are already depressed that are turning to social media as an outlet while this may be true to some degree the extent of the data simply does not lie social media is causing depression for a lot of people and of course that depression is affecting the way that we interact with each other in the physical world perhaps even more troubling than the relationship between social media and depression is the relationship between social media and eating disorders in young people and I'm not just talking about young girls eating disorders today are affecting people of all genders of all races and from all socioeconomic backgrounds and in some cases of all ages as well the rise of pro anorexia and pro bulimia communities coupled with advancements in social media algorithms now means that these troubling communities have ways of reaching people who aren't even necessarily searching for them in the first instance as someone whose immediate family has been directly affected by the ravages of an eating disorder I can tell you that social media does have a part to play platforms like Facebook Instagram and Tumblr are giving young people distorted images of how their bodies should look and oftentimes the result is a serious mental illness that has far-reaching implications on loving families and loving friendships the mere fact that Facebook and Instagram have simple methods for reporting self harming and suicidal content is respectable but it is also a chilling indictment of the extent of this problem so if we take a step back and examine the questions that we have looked at so far why is social media causing depression why is social media causing eating disorders the answer is one that I think we all inherently know by being constantly presented with highly idealized views of our peers social media elicits feelings of envy and feelings of inadequacy by instilling us with the often false belief that other people are living are living more successful or more fulfilling lives social media is not evil but it can very well be dishonest it presents us with a standard that is unrealistic a reality that is unreliable and a world which has been filtered and altered for the benefit of another person or group and that is the very essence of corruption not only is social media corrupting the way that we behave as individuals in our own lives it is also changing the way that we act as a society and the ways that we interact with our political leaders in the recent US election Facebook's I voted function generated three hundred and forty thousand extra votes while it hasn't yet been determined whether these were in favor of Republican or in favor of Democrats the implications on our freedom of thought are worryingly clear to give you a perhaps more serious example in Facebook's recent fake News scandal Facebook employees were accused by Gizmodo and other journalists of falsely of choosing the Articles that appear as trending on our news feeds based on their own political beliefs this alteration of information this filtering of our reality is once again at the very heart of what corruption really is but the issue goes deeper than any one scandal social media is giving massive followings for people who are popular rather than people who are professional truth is quickly being replaced with speed and access and journalistic integrity is something that is quickly becoming harder and harder to find we are not having organic interactions with each other with our friends without Idol with our family or with our political leaders and if you think we are I would urge you to be more skeptical in summary my message is simple we need not condemn social media but to be aware of the fact that it is corrupting our interactions so tonight I say to you all it's time to stop stalking and start talking and sometimes you can only you can learn more by looking someone in the eye then you can from looking at their social media profile proud to propose thanks you




Comments
  1. Social media makes all of the user getting addict so thats why we can't stop to posting our daily acitivity 😭

  2. The one problem I have with it whether it is genius or whether it is a by product is Because the function is communication if the size of the group that uses it reaches a specific size then people do not choose to adopt it they are required to in order to function. I think that is pretty dangerous for a culture to have a mechanism hold that degree of power that kids born today, unless there is dramatic change irrespective of the positives and negatives, they will be using social media of some description as a consequence of wanting to exist normally.

    I mean you can drive the debate into the technicalities of using this software like information on perception, depression, algorithms cultivating our perceptive bubble and the consequences on our outlook, our politics.. All consequences of the application and really these will be measured in sample averages, they will affect some more than others. Positively and negatively.

    But the main argument is that kids don't get to choose whether or not to use this software. That is too much power in my opinion. But they will think it is a cool choice passed on by their friends. Like Pokemon.

  3. A very good speaker but I generally disagree with everything he put forward as far as the topic of the debate is concerned. Examples given do not explain how human interactions are corrupted, they are examples of the negative effects of social media.

  4. Classy acknowledgement of the opposition and equally elegant exposition of the question; some very fine points made!

  5. okay…he's cute, and the accent is very endearing, but the shifting and the continuous hand movement became an extreme distraction. however, I enjoyed his argument very much. his voice inflection was far more interesting to listen to than many of the speakers I've seen.

  6. I have noted the following (especially among my adult students) since before smartphones really took off around 2009-2010 and the decade plus saturation now in society:  1. rentention of important information (events, geography, demographic data, hisotry, etc.) is terrible and often non-existent   2. an inability to remember or retain details of events, actions, films seen, etc. is profound even though they may have been quite recent or would have been very memorable decades ago  3. the reading of books, newspapers, magazines or such in online form is way down, quite rare, or non-existent  4. belief in conspiracies seems to have grown profoundly   5. sudents have trouble formulating opinions let alone defending them   6. people are spending too much time staring into screens and often alone in their rooms.   7. eye contact, let alone greetings, in public is way down  8. all things become dated extremely quickly in their minds (music, film, stars, jokes, fashions, etc.)The motion wins.

  7. With all due respect, I find this proposition to be lacking logic. Putting aide the fact that it is far from convincing, I find myself at the end of his speech constantly asking 'so?? elaborate! you've presented evidence, but where is your link/concrete proof that your evidence directly supports your argument?' I'm kinda disappointed by the level of professionalism demonstrated in this speech, given the background and all. nice accent tho.

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