Internet Addiction Essay

725 Words Jan 18th, 2014 3 Pages
The internet has become a staple in most people’s lives. We can do everything from the comfort and safety of our homes, including grocery shop, pay bills, and keep in touch with family. While most of the time the internet is a helpful tool it has begun to cause a problem in our society. Internet addiction is becoming a larger and larger issue. The US Census Bureau estimated that $126,697 of the over $3 billion in retail sales was performed online in 2007 (Hou). Websites like Facebook and Twitter have blown up among teens and young adults. To put it in perspective, Facebook saw 24,940 visitors in 2008 but in 2010 that number jumped to 171,109 (Hou). Smartphones and other portable devices have made the internet more accessible to us as well. …show more content…
South Korea has put in place a lot of policies to help prevent addiction and they may help us to understand where to start. The South Korean government has teamed with game companies to implement a late night shut down on internet games that are popular with young kids. (Hou) They are also offering internet users a software for free that will make them get offline after a certain period of time. (Hou) These are great measures that we can learn from but there are other steps that need to be taken. We must bridge the generation gap between adults and younger adults who use the internet now. We need to teach parents how to navigate the internet with the same ease as their children so that they can understand that the social life their kids lead online is an extension of the one they have offline. (Ives, 2012) We also must teach our youth digital etiquette and guidelines for navigating the digital world. (Ives, 2012) We have a need for legislative policies that are keeping up with the digital age. We need legislation that will protect kids and privacy online. We as a society need to be held responsible for our own internet addiction problem. We need to put user agreements in place for internet usage. These should be put in schools, libraries, internet cafes, and anywhere else young adults can use the internet. We also need to require a class in digital citizenship. This class would teach teens how to build an appropriate online

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