Does the use of Social Media tend to improve or harm relationships

Here is the list of options from which to choose your paper topic. The idea is to use the same
topic for all three papers in this course. If you want to switch topics between papers or if
you want to choose a topic not on this list, it is best to consult with your instructor first.
Your paper topic is a particular question that you will attempt to resolve using logic and
critical thinking. Choose a question from the list below that interests you and about which
you feel that you will be able to conduct scholarly research and construct logical arguments
on both sides. Feel free to modify the question into something more concrete and specific if
it would allow for a stronger or more interesting paper.
Here are the topics from which to choose (they are organized into categories to make it
easier to narrow down your choice):
Ethical Questions:
• Is it permissible to use capital punishment on persons convicted of certain crimes?
• Is physician assisted suicide morally acceptable when a person is suffering from a
painful, incurable, terminal condition?
• Is abortion morally acceptable when the woman’s life is not in danger due to the
pregnancy?
• Is it acceptable to purchase clothing made by underpaid and poorly treated workers
in other countries?
Legal/Political Questions:
• Should a photo ID be required for voting?
• Should legal marriage be available to couples of the same sex?
• Should marijuana be legal for recreational use?
• Should vaccinations be required for all children of certain ages?
Economics:
• Does federal assistance for college education for people with low incomes help the
economy in the long run?
• Are government subsidies (e.g. for agriculture, oil exploration, etc.) generally good
for the economy?
• Would shifting to alternative sources of energy (wind, solar, etc.) be likely to benefit
or harm our economy in the long run?
Daily Life:
• What is the best way to invest one’s money (example: Are mutual funds better on
average than investing in real estate)?
• What is the best method for managing one’s time?
• Does the use of Social Media tend to improve or harm relationships?
• Are video games (or is pornography, TV, etc.) addictive (or harmful)?
Education:
• Is online education ‘as good as’ on ground education generally?

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