Is Facebook as Good as Face-to-Face?

This contest opportunity was sent to me by Randy Ziegenfuss, Director of Data and Technology at Salisbury Township School District, Allentown, PA. For those of you who are in school, this might be a great way to engage your students with a relevant (and timely) topic. Deadline is August 31. The original posting was from Andra Brichacek.

POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Is Facebook as good as face-to-face?

* Posted by Andra Brichacek on June 18, 2009 at 9:43am in L&L
* Back to L&L Discussions

Teens are navigating a very different social scene than they did a few years ago. They still spend a lot of time chatting and hanging out, but much of that now takes place on social networking sites and through texting, instead of at the mall or over the telephone. Does it matter? Do kids get something through in-person contact that they can’t get on Facebook, or vice versa? Do you think a shift to text-based communication, as well as the multimedia opportunities that social networking provides, has a good or bad effect on social development?

The educators had their shot at answering this Point/Counterpoint question (see below for a couple of their replies), and now we want to know what students think. We are looking for two 500-word essays–one taking each side of this argument–to publish in an upcoming issue of L&L.

Point/Counterpoint articles are relatively informal. Here’s an example of what we’re looking for. Remember, we need one essay of approximately 500 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate rather than arguing down the middle.

Please post your essay in this discussion forum by August 31, and please include some form of contact information. Or if you prefer, you can email your essay to We’ll select one submissions on each side of the argument and publish their essays in an upcoming issue of L&L.

Tags: face to face,, face-to-face,, facebook, myspace, social network, teen, texting

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