Caught In The Net Essay

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Technology and computers have always fascinated society. The phone, T.V., and computer, while now taken for granted, were considered miracles when introduced. The Internet, when introduced, was met with roars of approval. People have put great effort into making and improving the Internet, and some, whether inadvertently or not have made it an unforgiving storm of chaos. There are informational sites, to personal pages, to social networking sites, to chat rooms, to porn sites. People have even become addicted to the internet. Their life online has become their entire social life. Some are talking about censoring the Internet, controlling it. The Internet is not too bad, though, and steps ...view middle of the document...

His opinions are still valued today in interviews about the Internet. Vint Cerf, the ‘Father of the Internet’ had tenure with ARPA for 6 years, from 1976 to 1982. He currently works for Google. He is a strong proponent of the use of the Internet at home and advocates the achievement of ‘interplanetary Internet’, connecting the Internet between two or more planets (ironically, Mars will get Internet service before some developing countries on Earth). Mr. Cerf openly rejects all claims saying that the Internet has been exhausted and does not believe in censoring the Internet. “The Internet is like a mirror,” he says “If you don’t like what you see, fix the person, not the mirror.” People will continue to value his words, even with the immense progress the Internet has made.
Neither Mr. Cerf, nor anyone else had guessed that the Internet would be such a phenomenon that it was almost a societal infrastructure. It has forever changed research, health, law, travel, communications, business and education, with some people using it for inordinate amounts of time a day. In fact, it took 75 years for the telephone to acquire 50 million users; the T.V. took 13 years, and the Internet, 5 years. Adolescents are especially affected. Instant messaging and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have replaced phones. Teenagers’ general computer knowledge far outstrips that of their parents’ and teachers’. Eighty-seven percent of teens regularly use the Internet, from 60% in 12-year olds, jumping to 82% in 13-year olds, to 94% in 16 and 17-year olds. To top it all off, teens are on the Internet an average of 120 hours (5 days) a week. Teens are used to the Internet and can be online for hours on end, some going online at every chance. The vast impact of the Internet is definitely apparent.
Society has changed so much with the colossal impact of the Internet in both good and bad ways. People cannot get enough of the Internet, especially teens, some even getting addicted. They have a new, hi-tech social life. Nevertheless, 61-62% of teens think that the Internet keeps them from doing things that are more important and spending time with friends. In the extreme cases of people’s love of the Internet, people can get Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), a mental condition relating to excessive Internet use, caused by addiction. A Canadian psychiatrist recently treated 20 children for IAD, and one spent 12 hours a day on the Internet; another chatted online until 3 or 4 o’clock a.m. Some sign of IAD are denial, lying about Internet time, fatigue, academic problems, lack of interest outdoors, change in eating habits, moodiness, irritability, hostility, constant refrain of ‘just a minute’, and/or rushing to check e-mail/IM at every chance. If anyone shows even 3 of these signs, they may have IAD. Some people are resistant to the Internet’s pull, but sometimes, the Internet devours people, making them addicted. Its allure is almost incomprehensible- or is...

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