Internet does it really benefit us?



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Internet does it really benefit us?

 

A lot of parents believe that their children should stay hope to avoid the danger of the outside world, but the real danger is at home.  They might not have noticed because they are also one of the hundreds of millions of individual worldwide are using the Internet every day. Internet is harmful and ultimately hurts us in various ways. Using the Internet could potentially benefit us but the negative consequences are far greater than the benefits.



 

Some adolescents may argue that they are not addicted to Internet but studies show that more than one out of ten adolescent are classified as Internet addicts. Yen stated “The result in Table 1demonstrate that 12.9% college students were classified as having Internet addiction. Additionally, 9.9% of participants were screened positive for adult ADHD.” This quote stated the students who have ADHD are also the ones who are Internet addicts. The Internet addiction is similar to addiction from substance abuse. People excessively use causes addiction and its withdraw symptom could cause alter in mood. It is true that not everyone who uses internet is going to be addicted to it but the rate is high enough that people should be aware of this possible danger to their health. Most people that become addicted to Internet develop ADHD.

 

 It is true that Internet improve the speed that we can get information but it cost us to become more stupid. The author of “Is Google making us stupid” said: “My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I'd spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That's rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I'm always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” (Nicholas Carr) This quote shows a person, who has developed ADHD from excessive internet use, is having a really hard time reading books that use to be easy for him. It is hard for him because he would space out or get distracted on little things. He also stated he would find something to do after just a couple of pages of reading. This can be harmful to a person’s job or as a student. Short attention span from ADHD makes life miserable for people.  Cambridge University’s press in 2011 stated that 1-5% of ADHD causes school failure and daily safety risks. If a student cannot concentrate in class or on doing homework his or her grade will drop. On the other hand if you fail to concentrate during work you will not perform well and in extreme cases you might be fired. In this case the of this quote the person is a writer and he felt like his attention span decreases the more he uses internet.



 

In addition to Carr’s personal thought on developing ADHD, other people also have similar thoughts. Carr also said: “I'm not the only one. When I mention my troubles with reading to friends and acquaintances — literary types, most of them — many say they're having similar experiences. The more they use the Web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing. Some of the bloggers I follow have also begun mentioning the phenomenon. Scott Karp, who writes a blog about online media, recently confessed that he has stopped reading books altogether. "I was a lit major in college, and used to be [a] voracious book reader," he wrote. "What happened?" “. As the quote has shown that Carr is not the only people who is developed ADHD from using the internet. A lot of people he knows also developed ADHD as they express the same phenomenon has happened to them. Carr argued that internet has made us stupid and hard to concentrate over long period of time. It is shown that his argument is correct and

 

Furthermore, the rapid growth of ADHD in recently has also cause neuro scientist to point their finger and blame the internet. “It might be helpful to investigate whether the near total submersion of our culture in screen technologies over the last decade might in some way be linked to the threefold increase over this period in prescription for methylphenidate, the drug prescribed for ADHD”. Dr. Greenfield suggested that people are losing attention span because of internet. The fact internet became popular in 1999 and the ADHD drug tripled exactly ten years after internet became mainstream could not be coincidental. With the lack of attention people often space out during a conversation. It would cause frustration from one side of the person engage in the conversation due to fact that they have to repeat over and over again for the person who is hardly paying attention to them. Eventually the conversation would breakdown and stop. Internet caused attention deficit and attention deficit cause conversation breaking down. Therefore internet caused conversation to breakdown. Clearly Internet is not safe, it can cause ADHD which could ruin a person’s life. Not doing well in school, social life, and even safety because of the lack of attention span.



 

In addition to attention deficit, Internet had also ruined real life conversation skill. A lot of people text each other or chat on Facebook more than they talk in person. “Real-life conversations are, after all, far more perilous than those in the cyber world. They occur in real time, with no opportunity to think up clever or witty responses, and they require a sensitivity to voice tone, body language, and perhaps even to pheromones”. (Greenfield) This quote has stated the difference between the cyber world conversation and a real life conversation. Cyber world conversation does not require much skill as real life conversation. One could sound like a smooth talker, but very awkward in person. After all online chat is just text without sarcasm or emotions. Too much of cyber world has taken away real life conversation skills. I knew people that would text each other when they are sitting next together. Although it is an extreme case, people rather talk over the cyber world than the real world means our communication skill has really been ruined.



 

In conclusion, Internet can destroy our health, cause us to lose our job, harm our communication skill and become socially awkward. Although it could make some little things in life easier, it makes us dumber which is not worth it. Last but not least Internet is not dangerous, and should only be used very moderately.


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