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Cayman Malig
Professor Jennifer Rodrick
English 114B
22 February 2016
Internet Influence: Positive or Negative
In todays technology savvy world, the thought of a life without internet is borderline
criminal. It has become everything. To some people their true identities could not be true without
the internet. As a millennial teen the internet has shaped who I am. I always have the constant
need to update my social media even when I know that no one really cares. It has also become a
way that many people form relationships with others without actually meeting them. The easy
access to technology creates the situation that, when you look around, people are often using
smartphones or using their computers to check on whats happening in the world around them,
providing a feeling of connectedness, when in fact they are farther than ever. Although, the
internet can be a blessing, it can also be a curse. So many dark and twisted things go on in the
depths of the interweb. The internet has become an all-consuming thing that has influenced every
person alive today, either for the better or worse.
One of the many ways people communicate is through Facebook. It has become a beacon
of information to pull from. The information given is not just what this person is having for
dinner, or what movie that person just saw, but has become one of the most convenient ways to
mainstream current events. Also you can really get the essence of who a person is just by looking
at their Facebook page. What they like, shared, commented on. It is all there to see. It is a way
for people who did not know they were interested in pottery, come across a pottery video and get

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inspired. In this way it is beautiful to see how each day more people are influenced by what
Facebook has to offer.

There are also other sites like twitter, tumbler, Instagram, yik yak, and
ask.fm. Although most people will not have all of these, they can all serve a
purpose. One down side is that it is also filled with things like cyber bullying.
In Chandra Johnsons article, Growing up digital: How the Internet affects
teen identity she talks about a young girl who was harassed on ask.fm and
soon after took her own life. In this way the internet did influence her to do
something so radical as to kill herself (Johnson 1). It was later found out that
it was her saying the mean things to see how her friends would retaliate.
All she was doing was seeking validation from others, and when no one did,
the comments she made to herself on the internet influenced her to kill
herself. While that is one of the more negative sides of the internet, there are
also infinite good ones. For some people their online identities is who they
truly are, instead of the person they walk around in public as. The computer
or smartphone screen creates a barrier or mask for someone who is
otherwise too shy to interact in the real world. Aleks Krotoski explains this by
saying, The millions who have gone online over the past decade want a safe

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place where they won't experience bad behavior (Krotoski 1). Most of these
people go on seeking attention from anyone, whether it be across the street,
or across the country. Today it is not as strange to say that you have friends
in different countries through social media. It has become a normal thing to
mingle online, instead of at a normal gathering.

The internet has also influenced us by changing the way we think.


Before the use of a smartphone it was easier to concentrate on one task at a
time. Now that the whole world is in the palm of a hand it has become
harder. When watching television is have yet to experience a recent time
when I became bored of what I was watching to then turn to my phone. This
could also be a good thing because there is always a constant stream of
information being given to us. In Caitlin Deweys article, Is the Internet
Giving us all ADHD? she says, The Internet, it turns out, incentivizes the
exact types of behaviors and thought processes that characterize ADHD
(Dewey). The internet is a fast pace thing and if you are not constantly
jumping around, you could get lost or left behind. This type of thinking can
be correlated with ADHD behaviors. Dewey also says, Theres even some
research, in fact, that the Internet could actually help people with attention

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disorders. Last June, a team of Swedish researchers trialed an online therapy


program for adults with the disorder; adults in the program saw a sharp
reduction in their symptoms, even though the therapy was administered
online (Dewey1). With these people, they were able to reverse the effects of
ADHD by the internet, the thing that some people say is the cause. Although,
there is still the fact that the internet does give off the same behavior as
someone with ADHD.

In a room of people you will not find at least one or more person on
their phones, when there is numerous people around to entertain them. This
also goes along in everyday communicating to people. Instead of ringing a
doorbell or knocking, it has become more appropriate to message the person
to let them in. Or instead of whispering something, it is more efficient to just
text them what you have to say. This also extends to everyday households.
Instead of yelling up the stairs that dinner is ready, a quick text is sent to
have the family come together. It has changed that everyday
communications are becoming silent messages between one another.

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The internet is an infinite place of knowledge. With the constant stream


of information, there is also some setbacks. While the internet it useful, it can
also be a burden. The search for identity within the internet can be hard
when there is so much cyberbullying. Also it is being questioned if the fast
pace life of the internet is giving people ADHD. While it hasnt been proven,
their behavior is almost the same. There is also a speaking barrier being
formed that is making it so that people would rather text and message one
another than speak face to face. All in all the internet is a growing place that
people can find themselves or get lost in it. It can be a great way to
communicate with people in far off places, it is a huge resource for all
information, and it can help find the most unlikely of friends.

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Works cited

Dewey, Caitlin. "Is the Internet Giving Us All ADHD?" Washington Post. The
Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.

Howe, Neil. "Why Millennials Are Texting More and Talking Less."
<i>Forbes</i>. Forbes Magazine, 15 July 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.

Johnson, Chandra. "Growing up Digital: How the Internet Affects Teen


Identity." Growing up Digital: How the Internet Affects Teen Identity.
Deseret News National, 28 May 2014. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

Krotoski, Aleks. "Online Identity: Is Authenticity or Anonymity More


Important?" The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Apr. 2012.
Web. 24 Feb. 2016.