The Internet's Affect on Socialization
In our modern society, technology has impacted out lives in almost every aspect imaginable. Our life style has become one of the new eras, dealing substantially with strands of new technology each day. Today, many households contain at least one personal computer. The simplest things have all changed in account of newer, better, faster, and more efficient forms of advanced technology. A primary focus can be taken alone on the impact computers have had in our changing world. To narrow the scope further, I have analyzed the impact that the Internet has had upon people, and their lives.
The Internet is a conglomeration of worldwide networks linked together, which we as users have public access to. In the beginning the Internet consisted of “four main computers linked together, which they called the ARPANTET”(Shelly-Casham, 7.3). Today, the Internet ranges across the globe, containing information far beyond that of which it’s creators ever imagined. To date, the Internet contains information on almost any subject ever imagined. Advantages of the Internet are its speed, capacity, and low cost. These characteristics are the ingredients to the reformation of our society, as technology advances, people have become more eager to receive the most possible, in the least amount of time for the lowest amount of cost. The Internet has allowed our world not only to expand, but also has added some unique twists to the world we now live in. Today, our society has entered the “Information Superhighway”. This name is commonly associated with the Internet, as it is the beginning of something that has never been seen before. One can get information and pass it along to someone else in a matter of minutes. People have access to shopping, other people, information and other places. The Internet allows us to increase our communication through channels with others around the globe, share what they offer, and displace if further throughout the network. In addition to these advantages the Internet offers us, there are many disadvantages.
The Internet has bred a new generation of crime, and unconfined malicious information. When a user logs on, s/he has the choice as to the information s/he wants to access. The disadvantage is that there is a huge amount of information on the Internet that if applied incorrectly, could hurt many people. As an example we can reflect upon the mass murder in Littleton Colorado. The two boys who committed this gruesome act had been sharing their plans over the Internet with others, plans that included “how-to” messages for creating explosives. Other messages they sent contained life-threatening comments directed at fellow peers of their class whom they did not like. These types of usage on the Internet are what have created a new era of criminals.
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