Definition Argument- Dancers

Social platforms are beginning to evolve world wide in order to attract a bigger audience and gain more users.  On average a teenager spends about nine hours on social platforms a day.  The average person in society today will spend about two hours on social media. If calculated this is about five years and four months spent on social media within a life time. The average time spent of social media now adds up to be more time than a person uses to eat, drink, and socialize. Evan Asano, in his article “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media?”, states that the average person uses YouTube for approximately forty minutes, Facebook for thirty-five minutes, Snapchat for twenty-five minutes, Instagram for fifteen minutes, and finally Twitter for 1 minute.

Social media is all around us in this day and age and every person is on at least one social media site. But what is social media exactly, it is “Computer mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.” Wikipedia claims. Social media can be accessed through computers and cellphones now. Which means you have the the technology to use social media in your pocket at all times. There are thousands of different social media platforms available to use daily now not everyone uses every platform but the top five just about everyone uses.

According to statics taken in January of 2018 there are 7.593 billion people in the world.Out of the 7.593 billion people about 4.021 billion of them use the internet, 3.196 billion of them are active on social media, and 2.958 billion of them are active mobile social media users. Within the last year social media users have gone up by 362 million people and people who use mobile apps for social media has gone up 360 million people. America’s population is 1,011 million people and 648 of those million people are active social media users.

Social networking is growing to be more popular and more wide spread to reach all ages of people. Social networking gives people the opportunity to meet new people that share common the common interests. On social media websites the introductions about yourself gives other users information about you, allowing them to get to know you slightly before deciding to even interact with you.  Social media sites are also user friendly they are easy to navigate, even people with little knowledge on how to use the internet can work most of these sites. These websites also give people a job market by allowing professionals to establish their brand online, by posting their skills, accomplishments and previous experiences. In doing so they may be recognized by potential employers and or peers. Now social media allows individuals to reach out but it also allows businesses to reach out as well. Some businesses purposely buy adds on these different websites in order for customers to see them. Finally social networking sites are popular because they are free. It is free to sign up make an account on most of these websites. By these websites being free they gain more and more users.

For each social networking site they reach reach all different ages. Snapchat’s has demographics of 45% percent of users being eighteen to twenty-four, 26% of users are twenty-five to thirty-four, finally they even have 1% percent of users that are sixty-five or older. Facebook’s demographics are the most evenly spread throughout different age groups. 16% of users are between the ages of eighteen to twenty-four, 22% of users are twenty-five to thirty-four, 19% are thirty-four to forty-four, 18% are forty-five to fifty-four, 15% fifty-five to sixty-four, and the last 10% of users are over the age of sixty-five.

Social media reaches people of all backgrounds, such as common people and celebrities as well. Some people have become famous off of using different social media platforms allowing themselves to get their name out their and recognized. Most You Tuber’s start off with very little subscribers but can eventually take over and become widely known around the world. Social media is so influential that sometimes our president even takes to it in order to voice his opinions.

While everyone worldwide loves social media and uses social media daily, it may not be for the best even though it has benefits it also has negatives. With social media it gives people a false feeling of connection. Social media allows you to feel connected to people but at the same time you barely know this person. Using social media decreases the amount of privacy you have within your personal life. The last negative when it comes to social media and maybe the most prominent is the risk of cyber bullying occurring.

Cyber bullying is a problem within schools world wide and is happening more often than expected. Children and teenagers now turn to these different platforms in order to harass other people, finding it easier to hide behind a screen.


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5 thoughts on “Definition Argument- Dancers”

  1. Dancers, despite my best effort, I have failed to make something clear to you. The short arguments should stand on their own as individually valuable essays that don’t require their connection to your longer research paper to command the attention of readers. As such, they need to have their own thesis, their own complete argument, their own integrity.

    Your work here would make sense if it were part of a very long book chapter that needed a complete breakdown of the extent to which social media pervade world culture. But, as your final paragraphs indicate, all you really want to do is explain the danger of social media to kids who might get bullied. The details about what percentage of adults use Snapchat doesn’t contribute to that theme.

    But several comments you make along the way might be extremely relevant to your bullying premise.

    —For example, you could define social media, for the narrow purposes of your essay, as a place that empowers bullies.
    —You could explain that bullies used to do most of their “work” in plain view, in public, by terrorizing kids between classes or on the playground outside of school.
    —You could explain that only bullies who thought they could overpower their prey, and who didn’t fear being recognized as bullies, were a threat to weaker or more passive peers.
    —You could describe the difference between that kind of overt bullying and the covert type that social media makes possible.
    —You could explain that the anonymity provided by usernames makes bullying available to anyone who wants to inflict harm, whether or not they’re stronger or more powerful than their prey.
    —You could explain that some social media platforms make bullying easier than others.
    —Part of that explanation would follow the emergence, growth, and demise of platforms that are primarily popular with youth. (Is it because adults don’t use these platforms that they’re popular with bullies who might fear attracting the attention of authorities?)
    —Since you mentioned the president, have you noticed how often he uses twitter to bully his foes, attacking them publicly, trying to shame them, taunting the heads of other governments with personal insults, in other words engaging in classic bully behavior?
    —In all the ways I’ve described above, and others I imagine you can come up with, statistics and details of social media use could be employed FOR THE PURPOSE of advancing AN ARGUMENT.

    Literally thousands of academic sources are available that explore discrete and vexing aspects of the connection between social media and youth behaviors, Dancers. You haven’t tapped any of them for this essay. You should. They will bring meaning to the numbers. They’ll give you something to argue for or argue against. Your topic is important, and you should insist that your readers pay attention to it in all your arguments, long or short, by EMPLOYING your numbers, not just DISPLAYING them.


  2. In one minute, I found this item in Google Scholar. I typed “twitter bully” and Google suggested “twitter bullying detected” as a possible string, so I accepted that recommendation. This is what I read before I had spent 60 seconds searching:

    1.1 Motivation for our work There was a time when bullying was identified just as the strong kids picking on the weak kids. Typically, bullies would overpower their victims by using their size and strength as intimidation, and the victims would feel helpless to defend themselves against their attacks.

    Recently, bullying has been recognized as a major public health problem in the Western World. It has become more than just a physical attack; bullies now assault their victims over the Internet
    by sending or posting text or images in different media, such as instant messengers, chat rooms, websites, and blogs. Their intention is clearly to hurt or embarrass another person. This is called “cyber-bullying.”

    Nowadays, cyber bullying has become an increasing public concern considering recent cases associated with suicides [2]. As the Cyber-bullying research center [7] and other sources [2] say, bullying behavior in youth is associated with depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. These associations have been found not only in elementary school, middle school, and high school students, but also in cyber space. In light of these studies and the suicide cases reported in mass media [7], we proposed, as our ISM 245 project, a software infrastructure for inferring and visualizing bullying instances in Twitter.

    Here’s the link to the source:

    Click to access Twitter-Bullying-Detection.pdf

    Want to try your own searches on Google Scholar?


  3. Notice that in three paragraphs, the authors describe the history of bullying, identify the new type as the more anonymous cyber-bullying, and connect the new style to increased suicide numbers, bringing gravity to their work in just a few words.

    I highly recommend you read this source for a variety of reasons, Dancers. It illustrates the richness of the topic of bullying from the narrow lens of twitter. It brings a variety of scientific analysis to bear on its subject. It is frank in its examination of a topic that most popular sources are scared to really confront. It’s written by computer science students who are learning how to use data to examine a social problem. All of these features of their work should be helpful to you in developing your own best essays.

    Do you find this useful feedback, Dancers? I’m more than happy to continue the process if you’ll respond and engage in revision. If not, I learn pretty quickly who does and who doesn’t want more interference from me. 🙂


  4. I am beginning to rewrite my definition argument and realized that my whole paper is not where it started. At first I was going to talk about how cyber bullying numbers have risen and are more prominent than regular bullying cases. However I am now going down the route as to what causes children to bully. So for my definition argument I chose the word social media but now I’m not really discussing social media so I was wondering if I should change my topic completely for this paper or what to do.


    1. Here’s the thing, Dancers. You’re experiencing painful growth. I’m proud of you, and I hope you consider the growth to be valuable.

      As for a practical solution to your rewrite dilemma, I have this advice: If a thoroughly revised Definition Argument will suit the needs of your overall 3000-word Research Position Paper, then it’s worth your time to make that effort. The work you put into your revisions will also serve your season-long research paper.

      The Definition Argument and its replacement Definition Rewrite would also nicely demonstrate your commitment to the Core Value of pursuing writing as a “recursive process,” one that responds to feedback from instructors, colleagues, and the work of other writers to shape your own thinking. You could use that example to bolster your Self-Reflective argument for your Portfolio.

      But if you prefer to revise your Causal Argument and your Rebuttal Argument to include in your Portfolio, then you’ll be leaving out your Definition Argument (since only two of your three short papers will be included in your Portfolio), and that would make it not worthwhile to revise.

      You want to spend your energies where they do you the most good.


      Now, if after that you decide to revise your Definition Argument, put this post into the Feedback Please category and leave me a Reply here to indicate exactly what sort of help you’d like on the Rewrite. I’m so happy you’re experiencing growth in your thinking that I’ll be very pleased to collaborate with you on a thorough revision.


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