The Internet Opening Up Too Much Opportunity?

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With the ease and convenience of the internet, there is almost endless opportunity for risk. However, is the internet opening up too much opportunity? Is the internet an independent risk source itself? By urging behaviors one wouldn’t normally act out upon, the internet cultivates risk taking behavior that wouldn’t normally be manifested. Therefore, the internet is its own independent risk source. Throughout the book Virtually You, Dr. Elias Aboujaoude discusses the dangers of internet online personalities and his different personal cases he has seen through his Psychiatric practice. In this book, Dr. Aboujaoude discusses different cases of Compulsive and Impulsive behaviors he has seen manifested through some of his clients due to their internet usage. Dr. Aboujaoude argues that: The internet is an independent risk factor, and that the conflation of delusions made possible by the internet and familiar to the reader at this point¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬---godlike invincibility, a false sense of perfection, impulsivity- naturally leads to increased risk taking in the romantic sphere, and to acts that normally would have been stopped or slowed down by interference of common sense or the fear factor (Aboujaoude, 172) Throughout the past decade, there has been a huge rise in social networking sites. However, since the existence of the internet, there has been some source of socializing through different mediums. Email seems to have been one of the first ways

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