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Should the voting age be 16? Show more Show less

Traditionally, the legal age for voting is 18. However, as more and more teenagers become politically active, calls have increased for the voting age to decrease to 16 so that older teenagers can vote. Should 16- and 17-year-olds be allowed to have their voice heard politically? Or are they simply not mature enough?

No, the age requirement should be raised Show more Show less

Teenagers shouldn't be voting.
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Young people are easily influenced and manipulated

As seen in social media and other forms of online content, young people can too easily be taken advantage of to be entrusted with this right.
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Context

The Argument

We live in a world full of ads, influencers, and promotions. In such a "razzle dazzle" society, it's easy to see how easily manipulated the younger generation is. Harvard Magazine stated that the impact of technology "leaves teens easily influenced by their environment and more prone to impulsive behavior".[1] Therefore, they are much more likely to vote based on ads, who celebrities picked, and even just who their parents selected.

Counter arguments

Although it may be true that many teens are easily influenced, they are able to see and discover many different aspects of politics through social media and people they know and see everyday. By being involved in politics early, they can learn and grow from mistakes they make in voting early on in order to find their political stance sooner rather than later.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Young minds are easily influenced by technology. [P2] Voting biases come through technology.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Young minds are not easily influenced. [Rejecting P2] Education about the votes also comes through technology.

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References

  1. https://harvardmagazine.com/2008/09/the-teen-brain.html

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