Effects Of The Internet On Society

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The world wide web, otherwise called the internet, came about in the 1960s and was primarily used for researchers and academia. But since the 1990s, the internet has had that revolutionary effect on the culture and commerce in our society. This includes communication by email, instant messaging, and internet phone calls. In addition, there is also the world wide web with discussion forums, social networking sites, and online shopping sites, which people, despite their generational differences, utilize to their own benefit. However, these are the icing on the internet cake. Now, the internet, since its inception remains one of the world 's most revolutionary piece of technology. Despite its positives, there are many negatives and the…show more content…
Many parents can attest to these accusations since they are a primary source in their children’s behaviors. The internet is an addition. Consequently, the average millennial spends at least 20 hours a week on the internet. Surfing sites and most popular ones are online dating, online gaming, and social networking sites. A study conducted by the ICMPA in which they “asked 200 students at the College Park campus to give up all media for 24 hours”(Int. Center for Media and the Public Agenda). After their abstinence, they were to blog on a website explaining their experiences. The results were unexpected. As a result, students complained mostly about “losing their personal connections… [such as] lack of access to text messaging, phone calling, instant messaging, email, and Facebook” (ICMPA). These students, despite their suffering, will rather crumble in boredom than meet their friends who live close by or within their dorm building. Continuing the world without their media entertainment meant continuing without their connections to their loved ones. Additionally, extensive use of social media is directly correlated with loneliness. According to Appel, “moderated regression analyses showed that Internet-related communication quality.... Was associated with more loneliness (Appel). Adolescence nowadays associates their self worth with numerical values. In reality, the amount of followers one has, the amount of likes, and the amount of shares defines one’s social
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