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Internet Addiction

Internet is a big problem in our society today. Many people use internet without knowing it, even I use internet without knowing that I am using too much I consider myself as an addict because I check my Facebook at least 3 times a day and text every time while I eat too. In high school, I used to use my phone in the class because it was allowed in class and teacher didn’t mind but in college I have to tell myself to not use phone in class since it is very important to achieve my goals and get a degree.
In Greg Beato’s article “Internet Addiction” originally published in august, september 2010 in to Reason magazine he argues that internet addiction is a problem in our society today. Internet addiction should be reported in the Diagnostic and statistic manual of mental disorder (DSM). It is a huge problem, he also says that internet is like narcotic drugs and very addicting. He states that if ones use Google for few minutes only it leads us to spend more than a few minutes on the internet and it turns in to spending hours. Beato refers that University of Maryland did a group study for 24 hour and all the students went crazy without their phones and iPods, one girl admitted that she is an addict. The students were anxious and miserable. He also says that one kid killed his parents because they took away his Xbox. Internet also leads to death of people, therefore it is a problem and we should put it on to the DSM.
Internet is bad for our culture and society because we use internet all the time without knowing that we are addicted. It is a drug and it reacts as a drug on us once we start we cant stop. We would have to make it a huge deal because many people don’t know that it is a problem and they all are affected by it.
Article by Beato is targeting college students because most of the examples he gives in the article are about college students. He thinks that college students get more affected from internet addiction. In third paragraph he says that “ University of Maryland went on a 24- hour media fast for a group study,” he says that students felt “anxious” “miserable” and “crazy” without Twitter, Facebook and their iPods.

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