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Informative Speech Outline Instructions

Specific Goal: My audience will learn. (understand, etc.) . How social media affects mental health.

Application: My audience will use this information in everyday life, because most people these days have
some form of social media or technology.
Ethos: Primary Ethos: Social media affects us in many different ways. Social media is addictive, we use it as
a distraction from our boredom. 63% of Americans log onto Facebook daily. In addition to logging on to social
media daily, social media also makes us compare our lives with others. It makes us restless, as well as
unhappy, it gives us a fear that we are missing out on something, and it makes us try and multitask which
people are not programed to do.
Secondary Ethos: I will cite ____ references out loud in my speech.
Pathos: I will be sharing examples of cyberbulling to my audience, as well as a personal story when it comes
to cyberbullying. Most people have been victims of cyberbulling at least once in their lives.
Logos: I have percentages that I will be using, and as well as visuals and maybe a graph.
Audience Assessment: My audience already knows what social media is, how to use it, and that they are on
social media more than they need to be.
Adaptation to Audience: I will be using graphics, that will help people connect with what I am saying and it
will help them view my point of things.
Pattern of Organization: Cause and effect

Introduction

I. Hook: How many of you own a cell phone? What about social media, how many of you log
onto Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and so on? Youre probably under the influence that there is
nothing wrong with social media, and nothing wrong with checking it, 40 times a day. Right?
Wrong. I will be discussing the problem with social media. During the past decade, online
social networking has caused profound changes in the way people communicate and interact.
It is unclear, however, whether some of these changes may affect certain normal aspects of
human behavior and cause psychiatric disorders.
Common ground with audience.

II. Thesis: Technology is so convenient, and social media is fun, its fun to post pictures and to
see what other people think or say. But what we dont realize is too much social media can be
bad for our mental health. Cyberbullying is at a national high, and it has raised suicide rates to
an extreme. What can we do to help fix the cyberbullying problem, we can inform. 63% of
Americans log onto Facebook daily, we are so use to checking our notifications and comments,
and how many likes our pictures have. We dont even realize how many times a day we check
them. I bet you would be shocked if you knew just how many hours you were on your phone a
day, or even how many times you check facebook a day. Its become a habit, weve all become
addicted. So what can we do about it? The first thing we can do is to become more aware of
social media, and how we use it, the first step is to know what the problem is, and then how to
fix it.
A.. How is social media affecting our mental health?
B.. What are some statistics and reasoning? What is cyberbullying, how does it affect our
mental health?
C. How can we fix the cyberbullying problem?

Transition: Studies show that 63% of Americans log on to Facebook daily, and 40% log on multiple
times each day
Body
How is social media affecting our mental health?
During the past 10 years, the rapid development of social networking sites (SNSs) such as
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and so on has caused several profound changes in the way
people communicate and interact. Facebook, as the biggest social networking Web site, today
has more than one billion active users, and it is estimated that in the future, this number will
significantly increase, especially in developing countries. Social media is addictive, there are
people who work at Facebook, and their jobs are to make us want to keep logging onto
Facebook, more and more. Whether it be ads, or notifications for animal farm, they have
techniques that keep us logged into Facebook constantly. Now, there was a time when people
would log out of and log back into Facebook, can you remember that time? Well its in the past,
because we now stay logged into Facebook all the time, due to constant worry that we might
miss a post or notification. Its also a cure for boredom, checking our phones, instead of talking
to someone on the bus, or checking our notifications instead of being alone with our thoughts
for 5 minutes while we wait for the bus. Its a habit that weve become accustom to. In addition
to us constantly being on our phones, we have become to use to comparing our lives to others.
Because it is so easy to stalk someones life, or to view their life from the outside. The problem
is, people dont understand that others lives arent as perfect as they seem online, you are only
viewing the part of peoples lives that they want you to see. The happy faces, the funny posts,
but you arent seeing someones entire life, it is very rare for someone to post all the bad stuff
that happens, or how they are actually poor. We only show people a certain side of our lives on
social media. In fact, in 2012 a team of researchers in the UK surveyed users, 53% of whom
said social media had changed their behavior; 51% said it was negative behavior because of
decline in confidence they felt due to unfair comparisons to others.

III. Recently, some researchers have associated online social networking with several psychiatric
disorders, including depressive symptoms, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Since social networks
are a relatively new phenomenon, many questions regarding their potential impact on mental
health remain unanswered.
IV. Going along with mental health, cyberbullying, bullying is a big part of suicide in teenagers of
this decade, and cyberbullying goes hand in hand with the mental health of todays teenagers.
V. Cyberbullying is an enormous concern, especially for adolescents. An organization that aims
for internet safety, called Enough is Enough, conducted a survey that found 95% of teenagers
who use social media have witnessed cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims themselves. If
youve been on the internet, any social media, youve seen some form of cyberbullying.
Typically, its called being a meme but even when people claim to be joking, the stuff they are
posting is very harmful and mean to others. Its so very easy for someone to become famous
on the internet as well, everything posted on line can be seen by everyone. And I dont think
people get that, especially younger kids. So many people have become victims of
cyberbullying because of memes. Their pictures are posted all over the place and sent to
people, and they become huge. Most of these pictures are very embarrassing and the person
behind it becomes accustom to embarrassment and harassment. A good example of
cyberbullying and memes would be the Star wars Kid. Ghyslain Raza experienced massive
cyberbullying after a video of him known as Star Wars Kid went viral online. The experience
led him to seek counseling while his family launched a lawsuit against those harassing him.
VI.

VII. As a victim of bullying in the past, I can honestly say that words are hurtful and they can cause
pain, and depression. 160,000 kids per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied.
-U.S. Dept. of Justice. So, how can we fix this problem? There are a few things to keep in
mind, the first is that the victim should know that its not their fault. Usually bullies are just
looking for a target to focus their own anger and pain onto. Second is to not respond or
retaliate. A reaction is usually exactly what a bully wants. If you dont react then they dont have
any power over you. The third thing is to save any evidence, if you are being cyberbullied, it is
best to save the evidence. There is no such thing as tattletale-ing when it comes to
cyberbullying, it is always best to tell someone what is happening, and usually something can
be done. The final tips are to reach out for help, and to use available sources and tools. Not
only can you tell a teacher or parent, there are many online sources you can use to help with
cyberbullies. There are websites that connect victims of cyberbullying with each other and they
can talk about their experiences. Its always helpful to talk about your problems, it is never a
good idea to keep everything in and too yourself, its bad for your mental health.

Conclusion
VIII. . Technology is so convenient, and social media is fun, its fun to post pictures and to see what
other people think or say. But what we dont realize is too much social media can be bad for
our mental health. Cyberbullying is at a national high, and it has raised suicide rates to an
extreme. What can we do to help fix the cyberbullying problem, we can inform. During the
past 10 years, the rapid development of social networking sites (SNSs) such as Facebook,
Twitter, MySpace, and so on has caused several profound changes in the way people
communicate and interact. Studies show that 63% of Americans log on to Facebook daily, and
40% log on multiple times each day. Being connected all day every day, to these multiple sites,
and the internet in general has affected our society in many ways. But one major instance is
Cyberbullying. An organization that aims for internet safety, called Enough is Enough,
conducted a survey that found 95% of teenagers who use social media have witnessed
cyberbullying, and 33% have been victims themselves. In addition to cyberbullying,
researchers have associated online social networking with several psychiatric disorders,
including depressive symptoms, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Since social networks are a
relatively new phenomenon, many questions regarding their potential impact on mental health
remain unanswered. But there is something we can do to help stop cyberbullying, we can
inform others of what to do if they are a victim of cyberbullying. If the victim knows that it is not
their fault, that they have someone to talk to, and that something can be done, I feel
cyberbullying would be less of a problem. There are many new websites popping up, a
community if you will, for victims of bullying. These websites could be our solution to
cyberbullying. Anyone can help, if you see something, say something, be a friend to someone
in need. Even just saying some kind words, makes so much of a difference. The next time you
see cyberbullying, will you say something?

WORKS CITED:

Cyberbullying. (2013, September 17). Retrieved April 25, 2017, from


http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/cyberbullying

Pantic, I. (2014, October 01). Online Social Networking and Mental Health. Retrieved April 25, 2017,
from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4183915/

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying. (2015, June 04). Retrieved April 25, 2017, from
http://www.connectsafely.org/tips-to-help-stop-cyberbullying/

Other helpful information: My communications textbook


Communicating at Work by Ronald B. Alder