Positive And Negative Effects Of Internet Addiction

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Neil McCallay
Dr. Wardzinski-Cope
Eng 101
16 October 2017
Internet Addiction It is hard to imagine in today’s world that a day could pass by where we do not, in some form or another, have little or no contact with the internet and/or social media. The creation of the internet has had several positive and negative results on the world. Certain aspects of the Internet make it a unique medium of communication with its own set of factors. These various factors have influenced children and adolescents alike. Problematic Internet use, which has become known as Internet addiction, is not limited by geographical nor demographic elements but can be found in every corner of the globe. The Internet has been around since the late 1960’s, but its popularity skyrocketed in 1991 with the launch of the World Wide Web. The World Wide Web introduced us to a whole new world most of us didn’t even realize existed. It gave us the power to chat in make-believe rooms with other people from all over the world, it gave us answers to questions that we were too shy, or ashamed, to ask. It made sending and receiving a thank you letter or a “how are you?” card so much easier. Our eyes lit up when we heard those three simple words, you’ve got mail. Now we could go out into the world and explore from the comforts of our own homes. America Online was launched in the early days of the web and, by the year 2000, controlled the market with 23.2 million subscribers (Bryfonski 17). In 2002, a new era was

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