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This House believes that social networking has caused the loss of the art of face-to-face conversation.
READ UP ON THIS, DO NOT REFER TOO MUCH DURING THE ACTUAL DEBATE
NICHOLAS some IMPT points to take note
1. DEFINE THE MOTION
2. STATE ALL THE POINTS OF WHAT WE WILL BE DOING
3. ONLY ELABORATE AND EXPLAIN ON YOUR POINT AND DONT TOUCH OTHER POINTS( This
is not because you are not good at explaining other points) OR ELSE IT WILL SEEM MESSY AND
UNCOORDINATED. AND IF THAT HAPPENS
WE ARE SCREWED


Good afternoon teachers, judges and fellow schoolmates, I am Nicholas Phung Zhang and I will be the first
proposition speaker. This House believes that social networking has caused the loss of the art of face-to-face
conversation. Social networking is defined as the act of communicating online with online platforms. The art of
face-to-face conversation however is defined as lknowing how to converse and conversing well in constant
social interactions between people without the use of any online platform. Today, I will be covering three main
points, mainly:


Social networking is the act of meeting and talking online, thus building social relations with others through
portals like Facebook and Twitter. We use social networks to share interests, activities, backgrounds or
information; however, this has reduced out contact with others, removing the need for face-to-face
conversations. As such, most people are not communicating to each other in real life, but use systems like
Facebook and Twitter to connect with each other socially.
There has been a paradigm shift, in which technology is becoming more and more significant. The average
Facebook user visits the site 40 times per month, spending an average of 23 minutes on each visit. On
average, each user spends 15 hours and 33 minutes on Facebook a month. Together, a whopping 9.3 billion
hours is spent on Facebook in a month. To put this into perspective, every month, a total of 1,065,449 years is
spent on Facebook.
<Sholdnt the evidence here be used for no. 2? Plus this is not exactly a point, this is just stating a fact.>
People are spending more time on social networking and not making enough time for face-to-face
conversations. <and so? How does this lack of time translate into the loss of the art of face-to-face
communication>
With the lack of experience in face-to-face communication, people become awkward and weak at this and
cannot express themselves well in such cases.
People spend considerably more time social networking on Facebook than doing anything on sites owned by
Google, Microsoft or yahoo, the Webs three most heavily trafficked properties. The report said that all of
Googles sites, including the wildly popular YouTube, ranked second for time spent, claiming 10.8 percent of
the total hours people devoted to online activities. This excess of time spent on social networking is limiting
our time spent with others, therefore, reducing face-to-face interactions with each other. <this evidence should
be replaced with one that supports the explanation>












Jun Wei:
3. Social networks are draining out time <once again this does not explain how it causes a loss of the art,
also how is this different from the previous point?>
a. 98% of adolescent students are already beginning to use Facebook. Apart from that, a total of 250
million people constantly use their phone to access Facebook and 54% of the people in the world have a
Facebook account. This brings us a troubling issue where people all over the world are spending too much
time on Facebook, and not talking to each other. YouTube is another largely used social network. The total
amount of YouTube page views per month is about 92 billion. With people spending their time watching videos
on YouTube, there is hardly any time left to talk to each other. YouTube user visits the site 14 times per
month, spending an average of 25 minutes on the site each time. This adds up to 5 hours and 50 minutes per
month for the average YouTube user. As a result, we are more focused on social networks than we are on
communication with others.
Winfred:
Aloysius: