Issues in Society: Are Mobile Devices Harmful Reviews

Is Social Media Good for Society?: ISBN 978-1-68282-068-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-069-8
Are Mobile Devices Harmful?: ISBN 978-1-68282-096-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-098-8
How Harmful Are Performance-Enhancing Drugs?: ISBN 978-1-68282-076-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-077-3
VOYA, February 1, 2017

The Issues in Society series focuses on hot-button, contemporary issues and provides an examination of opposing viewpoints. All volumes open with a chapter on “What are the Facts?” and continue with four more chapters, each addressing a specific debate-worthy question, such as “Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Illegal?,” “Are People Too Dependent on Social Media?,” and “Are Mobile Devices a Dangerous Distraction?” Each of the topic chapters includes two viewpoint sidebars that cite specific, recently-published, opposing opinions on the topic. The main text of each chapter includes more opposing arguments as well as footnoted research supporting each side. How Harmful Are Performance-Enhancing Drugs? provides an overview of the rise in the use of these drugs in professional, amateur, and high school sports, what the potential dangers are, and how difficult it is to regulate their use. Are Mobile Devices Harmful? examines the impact of mobile devices on physical and mental health, driving, and oversharing. Is Social Media Good for Society? addresses social media's effect on social interaction, privacy, politics and world affairs, and mental health.

With relevant, contemporary topics, this series will appeal to teens looking for opposing viewpoints research topics, especially since each volume makes a point to tie the issue to current teen interests and behavior. On the other hand, the contemporary nature of the series also means the books will likely have a short shelf-life with new research and hotter issues quickly outdating the material. The resources provided include topic-related websites and organizations to contact, which will help extend the life of the series as well as encourage further research and active involvement with the issues.
—Elizabeth Matson.


Is Social Media Good for Society?: ISBN 978-1-68282-068-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-069-8
Are Mobile Devices Harmful?: ISBN 978-1-68282-096-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-098-8
Are Video Games Harmful?: ISBN 978-1-68282-070-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-071-1
Do Police Abuse Their Powers?: ISBN 978-1-68282-072-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-073-5
How Can the Obesity Epidemic Be Controlled?: ISBN 978-1-68282-074-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-075-9
How Harmful Are Performance-Enhancing Drugs?: ISBN 978-1-68282-076-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-077-3
Is Marijuana Harmful?: ISBN 978-1-68282-097-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-100-8
What Are the Consequences of Climate Change?: ISBN 978-1-68282-078-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-079-7
What Should Be Done About Illegal Immigration?: ISBN 978-1-68282-099-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-102-2
School Library Connection, January 1, 2017

This is a good series to support student interest and provide reference material on timely social issues. Each title provides background information and statistics on the topic as well as research study information and outcomes. The titles provide balanced overviews of each topic. The volume that discusses video gaming explores such topics as gaming addiction, gaming and violent behavior, and the possible harms as well as potential benefits of gaming. Each volume includes contact information for relevant organizations. Additional Resources. Index. Websites.
Alda Moore, Head Librarian, Matoaca High School, Chesterfield County, Virginia
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