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Sam Reber

Mary Bodelson

English 1120/1121-05

October 25, 2021

Research Proposal

1. My Argumentative Research Paper will discuss the reasons why too much social media can be

harmful to young people, especially pre-teens and teens. Social media platforms such as

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tik Tok and even plain texting is argued by many to be great

for family and friends to stay in touch. It is also argued that social media is a great way for

businesses to get their name out there. Unfortunately, as a whole, social media has become a

source of bullying, social comparison, and FOMO (fear of missing out), which often lead to

depression or worse. In addition to these unintended results, too much social media has also been

proven to become a time-wasting addiction that causes changes in the human brain. Social media

has also been blamed for the decline in written and interpersonal communication skills,

particularly in young people. Finally, too many times social media has become a portal for online

predators who will prey on vulnerable children and adults. Despite the positives, when looking at

pre-teens and teens, it becomes clear that social media is a detriment.

2. Although there are some positives to using social media, I’ve had many negative personal

experiences due to using social media, and I will be arguing that the negative definitely outweigh

the positives when it comes to Social Media. I recall my sister feeling left out when she saw on

Instagram that her friends had gone and done something without her or hurt when she saw that

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an ex-boyfriend had a new girlfriend. Often, I would sit in my room and watch YouTube or

scroll through TikTok on my phone for what I thought was a few minutes; I would look at the

clock and see that hours had passed. With the help of my parents and screen time limits, I have

gotten better about staying off my phone. I also developed lazy writing and communication

habits from texting so much. Additionally, in middle school, two female classmates met someone

in a social media app that they thought was a teenager and agreed to meet the person, who was

actually an adult. The girls went missing for days before they were finally found. I believe that

these experiences have led me to the opinion that too much social media is harmful to kids and


3. Thesis: Social media, while meant to be a social outlet for pre-teens and teens, is anything but,

and it can often lead to some very dangerous and life altering unintended consequences;

therefore, people need to stop spending do much time on it.


Step One: Research Proposal
English 1121

25 points

Directions: Addressing the questions below, create a 1-2 page formal research proposal in

which you propose the topic you would like to research for your argumentative research paper.

Please answer each question separately.

1. Choose an argumentative issue that you would like to argue a stance on. In a well-developed

paragraph, describe the issue in some detail. Explain the issue and what you currently know

about it.

• What is the current controversy?

• What are the two sides of the argument? What do those sides seem to argue?

• Are there any well-known people involved in the issue?

2. State what your stance will be and why. In a well-developed paragraph, explain why

you have chosen to take the side you will argue.

• Do you have personal experience with it?

• Are you familiar with the topic for some other reason?

• What makes you lean to the side you have chosen?

3. Write a tentative thesis statement that includes the subject as well as your stance.

(Remember to avoid statement of facts and announcing).

4. With the topic in mind, make a list of possible points you could cover in your paper that

would best suit the argument you are planning to make.

For example, if you were arguing that ADHD medication is too readily prescribed to young

children, you would include points like:

â–ª Physical side effects of the medication

â–ª Psychological side effects of the medication

â–ª Unqualified physicians are allowed to prescribe them

â–ª The number of children prescribed the medications

â–ª Alternatives to ADHD medication


a. 1-2 pages, double spaced, 12 (Times New Roman) font


b. Label the assignment with the following information in the upper left-hand corner (double


• Name

• Instructor’s Name

• Class name, number, and section

• Date

• Assignment name

c. Number the pages in the upper right-hand corner with your last name coming before the

number (ex. Bodelson 1)

â–ª Click on the Insert Tab in the upper left-hand corner

â–ª Select Page Number

â–ª Select Top of Page

â–ª Select Plain Number Three

â–ª You will see the curser right before the page number. Go to that, and type

in your last name.

â–ª Once you have finished, clicked on the red, Close Header box.

d. Save as a Word document .doc or .docx. Name the file: Research Proposal-Your Last name.

e. Once you have completed the



Branice H. Gbangbolor

Mary Bodelson

English 1121-56


Research Proposal

1. Who is to blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic is slowly becoming a major public health problem across America. Overdose deaths involving opioids have quadrupled since 1999. Over 115 people every day in the United States die from an opioid overdose. No one person or group is to blame for the opioid epidemic (Hirsch, 2017). Rather, it is the result of a complex interaction of factors. Some factors that have contributed to the opioid epidemic include The overprescribing of opioids by doctors. Pharmaceutical companies during the 1990s marketed opioids aggressively as an effective method for pain treatment (Hirsch, 2017). It led to more prescriptions being written for these drugs. The second factor is the illegal manufacture and sale of opioids. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, is being made in illegal laboratories and sold on the black market. It is often mixed with other drugs, such as heroin, to increase its potency.

Third, there is the ease of access to opioids. Opioids are available both legally and illegally. People addicted to opioids often turn to illegal sources, such as heroin, when they can no longer obtain pills. Fourth, the stigma attached to addiction. There is still much stigma attached to addiction, which prevents many people from seeking help. This stigma also makes it difficult to pass laws and regulations that would help to address the opioid epidemic. The opioid epidemic is a complex problem with no easy solutions. It will require a multi-faceted approach to address all of the contributing factors. Comment by Bodelson, Mary L: Branice, this needs to address the current controversy with this issue. You need to talk about who is to blame and who argues that.
So some argue it is the big pharmaceutical companies that are to blame since they lied about the addictive nature. Others argue it the doctors’ fault for prescribing these too readily, and others argue it is those who are addicted that are too blame.

Argumentative issue

The current controversy is the opioid pandemic. The two sides of the argument are those who believe that opioids are the cause of the problem and those who believe that opioids are the solution to the problem. There are well-known people involved in the issue, such as President Donald Trump and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The former President, Donald Trump, believes that opioids cause the problem and need to be removed from the market. Newt Gingrich believes that opioids are the solution to the problem and should be used to help people in pain (Mendoza, Rivera, and Hansen, 2019). Comment by Bodelson, Mary L: I am not sure I follow what part of the assignment this is?

2. My stance

I belie