The Internet: A Social and Cognitive Crutch

1246 WordsJun 18, 20185 Pages
The internet, and some other technologies have vastly evolved over time. It has made many tasks much quicker and easier to complete. However, there are some negative effects associated with the use of the internet and other technologies that many people, find so glorious. Where we once had to go out to meet new people we can now simply log on to our favorite social networking site, and make copious amounts of online friends. There was also a point in time where we had to recall most of our information from our brain, but now we can simply type the question in the search bar, and thousands of results are at one’s convenience. Therefore, it is possible that these applications of the internet are affecting our cognitive and social…show more content…
Information such as this shows that the internet has become key to many friendships, which is where the issue of dependence arises. It is possible that society is coming to a point where we are replacing face-to-face interactions with online interactions due to the convenience compared to off-line settings. Face-to-Face interactions are very important. There are social cues given that simply cannot be read via instant messaging. According to Lenton and Francesconi (2010), an individual’s choice in a mate depends on certain social ques. When it comes to speed dating, Lenton found people in small groups focused on details such as religion, and education. People in large groups focused on cues that were quickly assessed like weight, and height (Lenton & Francesconi, 2010). Speed dating might seem irrelevant to internet use however Lenton does discuss the importance of face-to-face interaction. It seems as though when meeting new people we put emphasis not only on personality and other aspects such as religion, but also the simpler aspects like aesthetics, and whether or not the other has graduated. When it comes to being online those traits can get a little ambiguous since people have the ability to become who they are not when online. Information such as weight, and height are more difficult to find on online sites, and people on online sites are more likely to be deceiving. In a study conducted by Lu (2008) suggested that high sensation seekers were

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