Develop a thesis statement built upon whether or not technology promotes loneliness. You should focus on either one form of hardware or one type of software. For example, you could target cell phones or laptops. If you want to look more into software, you could narrow your discussions to one type of social media or one gaming app. These are just a handful of a vast array of options you could choose.
Develop at least three strong arguments in addition to a counterargument and refutation (this resource can assist you in developing the counterargument and refutation). This organization should yield four body paragraphs. Using argumentative topic sentences that include your opinion for each section can help ensure the majority of your essay is argumentative. The beginning of a sample topic sentence might be, “First, Facebook does not promote loneliness because….” Then, be sure to support that claim with a point or two of researched data, followed by mostly original material that helps to explain how your research supports your claims as well as provides new insights and perspectives. Conclude each paragraph with a sentence that synthesizes the paragraph’s main ideas.
Sample Thesis Statement: Social media, particularly Facebook, does not promote loneliness because (add argument 1), (add argument 2), and (add argument 3), even though (add counterargument focus). *Note that a thorough thesis statement will include the counterargument in addition to your own arguments, but be sure to frame your counterargument as the opposition’s opinion so that readers do not think that you are changing your stance.
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Use at least three credible sources (the author should be considered an expert on the topic in which he or she writes; try Google Scholar to search), such as books, articles, and websites, to support your thesis. Include a mix of cited paraphrases, summaries, and quotes in your argumentative research paper. Use MLA format (Tip: You will find useful MLA resources within the course topics, particularly in Topic 9) to create proper parenthetical citations as well as a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. For additional Works Cited assistance visit http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/ and use the left navigation menu to locate the type of reference you need.
Instagram and Loneliness
Social media, to be specific Instagram, does not promote loneliness because interconnectedness is widely facilitated. Instagram is also an image-based platform, making it the right avenue for people to view other people’s images and perspectives. Social interactions are also promoted by Instagram especially due to visual presentations that the app facilitates (Pittman, Matthew and Brandon 155-167). However, low self-esteem might result from excessive use of Instagram, especially, when a user does not get the expected likes, and this, in turn, leads to loneliness even though few cases have been observed.
First, as seen, Instagram does not promote loneliness due to interconnection. The application has more than 1 billion users globally, a figure that keeps growing drastically. Such a huge number makes it possible for users to interact with people who are in different time zones, making it almost impossible for a user to be lonely. Many Instagram users want to be deemed ‘cool’ considering the photos or videos they post. The feedback they receive from followers acts as a means of communication between such users and their followers. Other people use the social media platform to document their ideas, views, or real life experiences and observations. Such information has the capability of reaching many people globally considering a large number of Instagram users. Feedback is also received in this case, making creators of such documentaries realize that their works are being shared all over. Through Instagram, creativity is facilitated. A person might not be in a position to know whether his/her creativity is known widely if no feedback is received. Instagram gives users the opportunity to view other people’s creativity and provide feedback or recommendations for them. Surveillance is also promoted through the platform. Through surveillance, people find it easy to travel to new places by first knowing about those areas. Hotels and other preferred destinations advertise themselves on Instagram, making travelers familiar to them even before traveling. Through such connectedness, it becomes hard for Instagram to promote loneliness (Sheldon, Pavica and Katherine 89-97).
Being an image-based platform, Instagram creates an avenue for people to view the images and perspectives of others. Through viewing such images and perspectives, people are able to attract others with the same views or interests in mind. Employers can also find the right person they are searching for by looking into the behavior of potential employees on social media. When users post anything online, it is obvious they expect others to react to what they post. This is the case with Instagram, thanks to the availability of the comments section that the platform provides. Confidence is also created when a user realizes other users are posting perspectives that are of the same nature as theirs. If the platform was not available, then it could be absolutely hard for people to know what others think about them, and that would absolutely lead to loneliness. Criticism is also expected among Instagram users. Not everything posted will be liked by everyone. Criticism creates an opportunity for behavioral change among users. Some users change for the worst while others adopt positive behavior. Users also find themselves trying to convince others that what they post is not bad, and that results in new interactions. There is absolutely no way a user can be lonely through viewing images and responding to criticism.
Social interactions are made possible through Instagram. The application has the option of directly sending messages to other users, which is of course private. New relationships and friendships are created through such direct messages. People send messages to those they find attractive or have the same ideas and opinions. They can, in turn, do that on a daily basis; hence, helping to attenuate loneliness. Interactions are also made possible in the comments section, whereby users communicate with others who comment under their posted photos. Many politicians and celebrities are also familiar with the application. Through Instagram, they end up interacting with their supporters and fans. The politicians and celebrities end up sharing information that is not aired by media houses. Through this, Instagram becomes a social media platform through which information can be effectively shared. People also get the opportunity of telling leaders, their problems and what they think can be done to do away with such problems. Loneliness is, therefore, avoided through Instagram interactions (Weilenmann et al.).
Although Instagram is known to do away with loneliness, low self-esteem might result from its use. Low self-esteem is usually common with addicted Instagram users. When users post images and get negative feedback from their followers, they establish low self-esteem. Apart from the negative feedbacks, users might also end up not receiving the expected likes, even though they try to post their best photos. Not receiving the attention they need, make users to no longer post photos, therefore, making them vulnerable to loneliness. However, only a few cases of such loneliness have been established and most of them happen to celebrities due to cyberbullying. Many people have learned to control their use of social media; hence, avoiding such negative vices.
Pittman, Matthew, and Brandon Reich. “Social media and loneliness: Why an Instagram picture may be worth more than a thousand Twitter words.” Computers in Human Behavior 62 (2016): 155-167.
Sheldon, Pavica, and Katherine Bryant. “Instagram: Motives for its use and relationship to narcissism and contextual age.” Computers in human Behavior 58 (2016): 89-97.
Weilenmann, Alexandra, Thomas Hillman, and Beata Jungselius. “Instagram at the museum: communicating the museum experience through social photo sharing.” Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems. ACM, 2013.