Essay about Impact of Internet on Children

1784 Words Aug 21st, 2012 8 Pages
By Miss Kaleyvani Geeseeny Sawmy Clinical Psychologist

Children’s motives

Few studies have been conducted – that can explain people’s motives for using internet. Research suggest that children use media for entertainment and relaxation purposes (to relieve boredom, to play games, or for social interaction) however little is known about what really motivate children to use Internet.

Adolescents’ motives

Use the Internet more for social interaction Social identity, peer interactions, and relationships become increasingly important - thus, it is likely that they become more interested in the Internet for communication purposes, such as e-mail or chat As they mature,
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The social effects of such internet use may depend, in part, on whether these online social contacts are with family and friends, or with strangers and acquaintances

A two-year study documented that, despite the use of the Internet for such social purposes, teens who spent more time online experienced greater declines in social and psychological well-being during their first year with access to the Internet

Due to spending countless hours on the internet, children now spend a very limited time with family and actual friends. Therefore, there is a weakening of the family bond and also limited interaction with actual people. As a result, the children may miss out on real life interaction with different relatives’ results in distorted social skills & limited real life social network.

Social isolation during adolescence is often a very painful emotional experience. Adolescents who do not report having close friendships consistently have lower levels of self-esteem and more psychological symptoms of maladjustment (Berndt, Hawkins, & Jiao, 1999; Stocker, 1994). Previous literature suggests a relationship between social isolation in adolescence and depression (Rubin & Mills, 1998). Adolescents who report lack of social support and feelings of isolation may behave in self-harming ways such as suicidal ideation and suicide attempts (Spruijt & de Goode, 1997).

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