Causes And Consequences Of Internet Addiction

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Information Overload

The internet has become a global resource for all things. It is now commonplace as we use it everyday. We are wholly reliant on it for social networking, communication, directions, news source, marketing, entertainment and the list continues. The internet holds the answers to everything that we want to know. But what cost is this having on the way that we think and recall information on our own? Is the internet actually making us mindless? Even though the internet may be helpful, it is changing the way that we think because conceptualizing and gathering ideas is now a simplified process. A few keystrokes and pages of material is presented within a matter of seconds. Our attention span is declining as we “power browse”
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The sad aspect is that more and more people are becoming glued to the internet. They have a strong driving pressure to be on the internet all the time. Numbers show that the internet is being used to avoid unfavorable emotions and feelings. . There are marked symptoms of internet addiction some of which are: withdrawing from the reality of life, declining health, loss of relationships, sleeplessness and feelings of worthlessness. (Washington Post, The Dark side of the Internet) Aboujaoude, the director of Stanford 's Impulse Control Disorders Clinic, said that a small but growing number of Internet users are starting to visit their doctors for help with unhealthy attachments to cyberspace. (med.stanford.edu) People who are in this situation need help. Internet addiction is a noted cause for students dropping out of college and not finishing their classes. It is the reason why people skip work, lose their jobs and are instead lost in another world online. They are dependent on the internet(The Washington …show more content…
An experiment was given to a class where half the class took notes with a paper and pen and the other half took their notes on laptop computers. The results showed that the group that used the pen and paper to handwrite the class notes had the most effective, theoretical perception of what they had learned and they could effortlessly implement the material that they had been taught. Handwriting is a slower process, each letter written out to form words. This technique makes a unique connection with the brain that is processed more efficiently. (the

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