Students from our debate team weigh the pros and cons of social media. (Danielle Mildort)
Students from our debate team weigh the pros and cons of social media.

Danielle Mildort

Santaluces Standoff: Social Media Edition

Welcome to the Santaluces Standoff, where we address relevant topics with opposing views.

February 9, 2022

Today’s topic is social media. Both sides recognize that the impact of social media on teenagers is significant. The question is… do the benefits outweigh the dangers? We leave it up to you to decide. Read through what your fellow classmates have to say and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 


Danielle Mildort

There are a multitude of reasons why social media has become a major part of our modern lives.

The Benefits of Social Media

“If you are trying to start up a business, social media is the best way to get the word out.” —Freddy, Junior, SHS

“Social Media allows us to be entertained through things like news, thrilling content, or anything someone finds appealing to them.” —Pedro, Junior, SHS

“It can provide tutorials you need for something in real time.” —Mario, Sophomore, SHS

“It’s a good place to connect with your family.” —Mario, Sophomore, SHS

“If your going through something social media can show you you not alone” —Mischa, SHS

“Social Media can allow you to know what’s happening/trending in the world.” —Rianna, Sophomore, SHS

“Social media can help you reach family members and meet you couldn’t do in real life.” —Makayla, Junior, SHS

“Allows you to keep in touch with people. Socialization even for the most introverted among us.” —Zaadin, Freshman, SHS

“Social media allows individuals to keep in touch with friends and extended family” —Rachelle Fix, Junior, SHS

“Put yourself out there in a good way, stay in contact with friends and family, spread positivity to others, and build other’s confidence” —Tcheranda, Junior, SHS

“Social Media gives everyone a chance to express themselves in different ways. This could be posting your family or posting your daily life.” —Jackson, Senior, SHS

“It speeds up the communication system between people belonging to other places. Social media is the best source for getting the latest information and updates and it is the best way of searching for a job.” —Kandaci, Junior, SHS

“Social media is beneficial toward our generation because it allows people to strengthen their relationships, create new connections and have more time for other discoveries.” —Marysol, Freshman, SHS

“Since almost everyone has social media it makes it easier for young people to access the news and learn about what’s currently going on in the world.” —Jessica, Senior, SHS

“It’s also a great platform for people to branch out and promote their businesses as well as discover businesses.” —Jessica, Senior, SHS

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Danielle Mildort

The dangers associated with social media continue to increase.

The Dangers of Social Media

“Social media can be addicting. According to ‘more than a third of teens visit their main social networking site several times a day.”’ —Sarah, Freshman, SHS

“Social media can cause false information to spread, such as fake news or scams that appear to be legit.” —Pedro, Junior, SHS

“It can be used as a place where predators can stalk you and it is a place where people can fake their identity” —Mario, Sophomore, SHS            

“Social media can cause stress and also lower your self esteem.” —Mischa, SHS   

“Social media can cause self-image issues.” —Rianna, Sophomore, SHS

“Social media can make people feel sad or affect their self-image.” —Makayla, Junior SHS

“Social media can cause addiction” —Rachelle, Junior SHS

“Body shaming, self hate, wanting to look a certain way after seeing an Instagram model post, feeling bad about the body you were born in, wanting to change, suicide rates: all are high because of social media.” —Tcheranda, Junior SHS            

“Social Media could lead to your personal information getting stole or seen…account hacking.” —Jackson, Senior SHS  

“Hacking and cyberbullying are two of the worst things about social media. Most people used social media and and are updating their details like phone number, address, work location, and other information of their personal life, meaning there’s little to no privacy. It has also caused a decrease in face-to-face communication skills. It can ruin reputations.” —Kandaci, Junior, SHS

“Why we should stay away from social media is that it increases usage thus leading to social cyberbullying, social anxiety, depression, and exposure to content that is not age appropriate.” —Marysol, Freshman SHS      

“Because everyone has access to social media, people post all types of comments and those comments can have a negative impact on one’s mental health.” —Jessica, Senior, SHS

“It can also have a negative impact on one’s physical health because instead of going out and exercising they stay inside and on their phones.” —Jessica, Senior SHS

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