The Impact Of The Internet On Children

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The internet is like table salt; life without it will still continue but will lack flavor or taste. Today is the internet age, and the impact of the internet is on every field of our daily lives, especially the younger generation’s. People always deride the internet as being more harmful to children than it is useful. However, research show that the internet really is making the children of today smarter, happier and more sociable.
Human beings are the super animals. The biggest difference between human beings and lower animal lies in wisdom, which can be understood as having a well-developed ability to solve problems through the process of using all kinds of tools. Like the series of old-fashioned tools, such as hoes, axes or spades, the
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One study found that children who access the internet at an earlier age of four to five display a higher IQ “by an average of six points over nine months of computer exposure” (4 Ways the Internet is Making Kids Smarter). Children will prefer to face the difficulties and solve the problems independently with the help of the internet, rather than wasting time in waiting for their teachers. Also, while they start doing more individual work, “the internet gives us instant access to transactive memory, helping us get rid of ‘tip of the tongue’ syndrome by filling in what we do know about something to find the answer we’re looking for” (4 Ways the Internet is Making Kids Smarter). Some critics think people of the internet age make up the dumbest generation. Why? People show a powerful physical and psychological dependency on group thinking which causes a funny psychological phenomenon called transactive memory, which occurs when “two or more people in a group develop a shared system for encoding, storing, and retrieving knowledge where each person is responsible for memorizing only part of the total information”(Wegner, D. M., 1995). Naturally, people become “dumpers” when they are not around others because their brains can only dump out incomplete, …show more content…
Children staying on the couch watching TV more than five hours a day instead of reading for half hour has a become a more and more common scene in our daily life. Nowadays, old-fashioned Ladybird books cannot fulfill the scarcity of children, so they prefer to watch animations than a fairy tale book. According to the report from Cinic in 2007, 155 million Chinese internet users relied on the internet to read news, accounting for 73.6% of the total internet population (Surge in Chinese internet users, 2009). Internet producer of the e-book will develop their service with images and sounds to fulfill children’s entertainment needs while reading. E-books have more flexible methods than traditional books to attract readers. Generally, e-book can contain in-text directional, archive notes and Screen Text Reader. Also some e-books’ text searching easily help people search for any information in the e-books instead of flipping page after page. As a result, children use the internet more often to read on paper print books because e-books make them happier. Reading a web page is more convenient for children to search and pull out references. Children can keep in touch with a lot more information they cannot get in daily life. Michigan State University psychologist Linda Jackson studied 140 urban children from low-income families. Jackson provided each child a home computer with

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