The Internet Igeneration

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The iGeneration Throughout history, humankind has been trying to improve their lives through technological advancement. With that being said, the American culture is no exception. In the United States the major economic focus is on pushing the bar, and thus moving forward in advancement. Recently, tools such as the Internet have thrown humanity into what is now called the digital age. The Internet provides whatever is desired. However- as beneficial as that sounds, there is also a simultaneous risk factor. The adolescents of America [defined as 13-18 years of age] in the Digital age seem to be at an increased risk for cognitive & behavioral disadvantages. Furthermore- the questions still remain: in what way is Internet use beneficial and consequential? How has this altered the minds of America’s youth; how has research on this development predicted the future of the adolescent state of mind-in regards to such interconnectivity? The Internet has improved many aspects of life for adolescents. Although new in a sense, the Internet has been around for quite some time. Thomas Haigh clearly states, “The computer is not a particularly new invention. The first modern computer programs were run in 1948, long before many of us were born. Yet for decades, it was …show more content…
Both of these addictions have been said to share psychological factors. Dowling and Brown surveyed university students who felt they had an Internet addiction, and rated their degree in depression, loneliness, stress, anxiety, and social support. Their results proved inconclusive, although the students themselves felt that there is an underlying behavioral connection (2010). Eugina Ives’ also points out in her research that negative behaviors associated with high Internet usage involves increased antisocial behavior, decreased empathy, as well as an increased risk for ADD and ADHD

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