Negative Impact Of The Internet

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Has the Internet become an essential tool in our daily lives? Can we make it through the

day without our cell phones? We can agree that technology is making our lives much easier, but

at what cost? The Internet is a great place to access almost any information with out ever

opening a book, or a great place to shop and sell nearly anything. With the technological

advances in cell phones, some now known as smart phones since they act as a computer, one can

access any information and stay on top of daily news feed. Smart phones have become affordable

to most of the population and are user friendly to almost any age; children of ages 5-7 are able to

operate certain functions on these types of phones. There is certainly a negative impact
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While the Internet can be very resourceful it also has negative effects on people. The

Internet can impair quality learning since it is full of distractions. Many popular websites’ that

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contain resourceful information also contain many advertising images and links that can easily

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take ones focus away. Nicholas Carr discusses in his article, Does the Internet Make You

Dumber? “People who are continually distracted by emails, alerts and other messages understand

less than those who are able to concentrate”(Carr). One can notice in classroom settings that

students who take their computers are not really focused on the lecture and are distracted by

browsing the Internet, while others who don’t have a computer are engaged in the lecture and are

taking hand written notes. Carr talks about a study in his article that was conducted at Cornell

University. Half a class was allowed to use laptops connected to the Internet, while the other half

had to keep their laptops closed. When a test was given to see how well the lecture was retained,

the half that was allowed to browse the web did not do as well as those who had their laptops

closed. The results show that taking computer notes or reading via an electronic device is not
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Carr explains that, “Reading a

long sequence of pages helps us develop a rare kind of mental discipline, the Internet scatters our

attention, the book focuses it.” I personally agree with Carr because I am able to focus better

when reading printed text instead of reading off an electronic device, and many people I have

talked to in previous classes also prefer printed text. People should overall have a balance with

books and the Interne in order to maintain strong reading capabilities.

Is introducing technology to children at an early developing age a good thing? Children

no longer enjoy simple playtime any more. Children also want to have the latest technology such

as cell phones, tablets, music players, and computers. In the article, The Impact of Technology on

the Developing Child, by Cris Rowan, Pediatric Occupational therapist and Biologist, Rowan

talks about a study and states “A 2010 Kaiser Foundation study showed that elementary aged

children use on average 7.5 hours per day of entertainment technology, 75 percent of

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