Americans’ Overdependence on the Internet

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Americans’ Overdependence on the Internet Americans’ over-dependence on the internet is causing more harm than good. Technological advancement, coupled with our easy access to virtual life through computers, cell phones, iPods among others has introduced us into a new era of extreme livelihood and lifestyle; we have gradually expanded internet use to do most of our walking and thinking for us. This growing trend in internet obsession if left unchanged will forever affect our emotional, physical and social wellbeing. During his research in 2001 (John B. Horrigan) in his article The Internet fosters Online Communities published that that, “In recent years, there has been concern about the social impact of the Internet on several levels. One major worry was that use of the Internet would prompt people to withdraw from social engagement and become isolated, depressed, and alienated. A related fear was that Internet users might abandon contact with their local communities as they discovered how easy it is to go online to communicate with those in other parts of the world and get information from every point on the planet.” This prediction has partly if not in whole come to pass. The Internet offers an unlimited amount of information and services; consequently, we excessively rely on it while ignoring social interactions in the process. With the Internet, a person can send messages using the email technology and messengers and also people tend to meet and socialize on social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. This growing phenomenon has worn our communal spirit as a community to the barest minimum and somehow we are not one another’s keeper anymore. We have disintegrated into a system o... ... middle of paper ... ...echnical College. 28 May. 2010. Horrigan, John B. "The Internet Fosters Online Communities." Current Controversies: The Information Age. Ed. James D. Torr. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Gwinnett Technical College. 28 May. 2010. Whitehead, Barbara Dafoe. "Online porn: how do we keep it from our kids? (protect kids)." Commonweal. 132. 18 (Oct 21, 2005): 6(1). Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Gwinnett Technical College. 28 May. 2010. Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., Mitchell, K., Ybarra, M. “Trends in Arrests of Online Predators”: Crimes against Children Research Center & Family Research Laboratory .(Feb 18, 2009) University of New Hampshire. 28 May 28, 2010. United States. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice: Internet Crime Report.2009 http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2009_IC3Report.pdf
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