Internet addiction is a growing problem with more and more people. The internet is much more accessible to people now than it was just a few years ago. The internet provides people with entertainment, loads of information, and an escape from everyday life, but like anything else, too much a good thing can be addictive. This paper will cover what internet addiction is, warning signs of internet addiction, problems caused by internet addiction, who develops internet addiction, preventing and treating internet addiction, and safety guidelines for internet users. In the modern world internet access is a vital part of everyday life.
Introduction According to Addictions.com, the advancement in communications’ technology has generated another level of diagnosable addiction, Internet addiction (“What is Internet Addiction?”). As stated in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Internet addiction is caused by excessive computer use and Internet access, leading to irregularity in behaviour (Weinstein and Lejoyeux 277). Examples of websites that users are mostly addicted to include online gaming, chat rooms and social media sites. This topic of interest is important and captivating to most, since the Internet has become an integral part in many people’s daily lives. A survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that as of September 2013, 86% of American adults use the Internet, up from 14% in 1995 (“ Pew Internet and American Life Project”).
Internet Addiction People all over the world use the Internet. It is used as a tool to communicate, do research, or even watch the news. Too much dependence on the Internet can lead a person to suffer from Internet addiction. A very important tool has now become a drug and everyone cannot have enough of it. If it is not used properly it can affect you socially, emotionally, and psychologically.
The use of internet has increased and improved during the past years, it has become an essential part of our lives, Therefore many people depend on the internet for Communication, entertainment, answers to our questions and many times to make decisions for us. For some of us it affects the traditional way of things, in the text "Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr, Carr brings to light the positive and negative effects of internet use. Nicholas Carr Implies that the use of internet has made us lazy and has affected the way we process our thoughts, he effectively expresses the issue of the effects of internet and then support his debate with another argument of why internet use is beneficial. On the other hand in the text "Why I blog" by Andrew Sullivan, he only focuses on one aspect of the internet and his personal opinion of why he blogs. The internet affects users in many ways, we have become dependent on the internet, and it has become an important asset to our daily lives.
The Addictive Nature of the Internet The purpose of this paper is to show the many different ways that people can become addicted to the web (Internet) and to try to explain why. The various aspects of the web, such as the wide range of information, the advanced technology, and alternate ways of communication have contributed to its addictive nature. People of all ages and backgrounds have become so absorbed in using the web, either through work or play, that they have, in effect, become addicted to using it. Some common types of sites which people just cannot seem to stay away from include chat rooms, dating services, sex, pornography, shopping, and sports. The prevalence of Internet use and the growing realization that it has become an addictive vice for some has spurned the creation of groups such as Webaholics Anonymous, Interneters Anonymous, Netaholics Anonymous, the Internet Addiction Association, and the Internet Addiction Support Group (IASG).
Internet Addiction Although Internet beneficial a lot to human like convenience, improving the efficiency and saving time, these advantages also cause us to be bad. Internet addicted is not uncommon, especially in the youngster. Emily T, Ernest K. (2013) show the research that 26.7% of the students are met the criterion of Internet addiction. From the Center for Digital Technology Sustainability information the Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) criteria are defined as tolerance, persistent desire, continued excessive use, loss of interest and uses the internet to escape. The effect of Internet addiction To the society Why it occurs?
In this concern, views on the impact of Internet vary consistently. On the one hand, Internet is recognized as a valuable intermediate, which helps users to share and broadcast information easily. But, another view on the impact of internet, that Internet is noticed as a threat to the social life and identity of individuals because it engages users changing their life online and leaving less time for real world social relations. In real life, it is obvious that Internet does have the impact on the way users think but this impact can hardly be discovered in a day, but, in its place, it is a long lasting process which may have negative effects because of the information overload and negative behavioral changes, such as distraction, the lack of ability to concentrate on one issue and others. The negative impact of Internet on behavioral changes in users In fact, internet has a considerable impact on the behavior of individuals and their way of thinking.
With the growth of technology in recent years, many people have added the internet as a part of their daily routine. It has become very common to go online for most people, as it makes interaction and finding information into a much simpler task. The internet is a great place for social networking and meeting or communicating with people across the world. Nicholas Carr, author of the article “Is Google Making Us Stupid”, claims that using the internet on a regular basis can potentially make people less intelligent. Alongside damaging your general intelligence, I believe that it is also possible for a person to become addicted to the internet.
Carr mentions in the book that new technology is destroying the way that humans think, and is making us lose ourselves a little. As reported by Carr the internet has a great impact on what we do in the present-day. The internet has a big hit on today’s youth due to the evidence that it’s making life easier and requires less work to retain information. Further through the book Carr makes good arguments on how the internet changes our mind. Carr wants us to deeply reflect on the effects that the increase in technology has had on our brains, our social lives, and our ways of thinking about knowledge.
People use the Internet daily to exchange accurate information and constantly personal data such as credit cards, passwords and Social Security numbers are travelling through the network from one computer to another. With security measures put in place on the Internet, personal information remains confidential. But unfortunately, criminals have adapted to innovations in technology, and today, more people are increasingly becoming victims of cybercrime. The Internet has had profound effects on the public, both positive and negative. In this paper we will examine how access to personal information has led to an increase in online and offline crimes.