Our Latest Updates – Archive

First States to Pass Minimum Age Laws for Social Media
4/13/2023 -

Utah and Arkansas passed laws in Mar. and Apr. 2023 respectively that implement minimum age requirements among other stipulations for minors’ use of social media platforms.

Updated: Pokémon Go – Top 3 Pros and Cons
8/17/2020 -

Pokémon Go is still the top location-based game in 2020. Explore the top 3 pros and cons of the game in which you’ve “gotta catch ’em all.”

Facebook tops the list of social media news sources about COVID-19
5/14/2020 -

Facebook was the primary social media platform source for coronavirus news (35.8% of people surveyed), followed by Twitter (17.0%) and YouTube (16.3%).

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

Is Social Media Good for Our Society?
8/17/2018 -

Read quotes from
Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT
(Pro), Oxford researchers Samantha Bradshaw and Philip Howard
(Con), Pew Research Center (Pro), and actor/comedian Stephen Fry
(Con), among others.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?
5/10/2017 -

We are proud to announce 23 pro and 23 con arguments about social media in our newly updated website. Did you know that Americans spend more than 120 billion minutes on social media each month? Did you know that 10% of people under 25 check social media during sex?