How The Internet Has Changed The Way People Communicate With Each Other

736 Words Nov 29th, 2014 3 Pages
The internet is a network system to join computers worldwide, and was developed out of a U.S. government project to improve military preparedness (Smith, 2002). Several inventions have changed the way people communicate with each other. From the old fashioned telegraph to today 's modern communication technology, people tend to create easier ways to correspond. Today’s communication technologies, such as e-mail and other internet chat programs, have created a cheap and incredibly fast communications system which is gaining steady popularity. Technologies, such as computers and the Internet, have become tangled in young people 's lives. According to the Kaiser report, in 2004, 74% of 8-year olds to 18-year olds in the United States had Internet access in their homes (Foehr, Rideout, 2005). More recently, the 2008 World Internet Project survey of 13 countries revealed that among youth 12-years to 14-years, 88% in the United States used the Internet; the percentage of Internet users in this age group was 100% in the United Kingdom, 98% in Israel, 95% in Canada, and over 70% in Singapore (Reuters, 2008). Among adolescents, the communication applications of the Internet such as instant messaging, blogs, and social networking sites (e.g., MySpace, Facebook) are especially popular. As the Internet has become vital in the lives of young people, their online activities and interactions have become the focus of intense research. It is becoming evident that the Internet presents risks…

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