The term addiction usually equates to the introduction of substances that cause harmful somatic or mental changes into the body. However, activities can also be an addictive factor. Many people are addicted to gambling, watching TV or computer.
Computer technology has so deeply penetrated into our lives that practically without these machines modern humans would not be able to function. Thousands of people spend hours in front of the monitors because this is their job. But there are people for whom nothing else matters. The problem arises when contacts with living people disappear in life and only contact with the object remains.
Much has been said recently and is about the addictive effect of the Internet, but while some experts believe that this is an undeniable fact, others argue that it is only and exclusively fueling clients from treatment of addictions.
Internet addiction is becoming an increasingly serious social problem – an opinion that is increasingly heard. Addicted people spend a large part of their time surfing the Internet, which means that they simply begin to miss him on other important issues – work, study, rest, family life and social contacts. There are also voices that if you can talk about addiction to the Internet, because you often use it, you also need to tell about addiction to the TV, which in many homes is turned on throughout the day or the fridge, which we look after a dozen times a day, and After all, no one has heard about TV and ice-creamers.
However, on the other hand, you can not deny the existence of people who, “as usual” parents or spouses say, sit in front of the computer monitor chatting with friends, downloading files or browsing mail or mailing lists.
Are they an internetoholics? It depends on whether the time they spend online does not prevent them from running a normal life, fulfilling their household, professional or school duties. According to a survey among Internet users, about 30% of those who responded to it treat the web as a place to escape the problems of the real world.
Internet addiction, i.e. IAD
All you have to do is use it without interruption and do not get away from it. That’s how many people have become addicted.
The symptoms of Internet addiction are: treating the computer as a means of relieving stress, feeling irritated in other contacts than contact with a computer, spending more and more money on phone bills (in the case of those who use the Internet via modem).
American scientists believe that more than 20% of web users are online addicts. The average addicted person is a man at the age of 30, with higher education, who more deviates from interpersonal contacts, he can even spend on the net during the week about 20 hours.
Now Internet addiction is treated like an addiction, such as drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. However, it should not be confused with everyday use of the Internet at work or school.
There are more and more voices about whether the computer and the Internet pose a threat to human health, and not only physical (spinal curvature, muscle belt looseness, vision defects, damage to the nerves responsible for wrist and hand movements), but also to mental health. They can affect the human psyche and cause serious emotional disturbances. That’s why it’s time to notice not only the good, but also the bad side of the benefits of technology.
Teachers teaching at a school where there is a computer lab and there is constant access to the Internet must know that using civilization progress in this field brings as much goodness as dangers. Teachers should be aware that they and their students can very easily become slaves to the computer network. Excessive idealization of the computer, fascination with the virtual reality leading to the abuse of the Internet during almost all classes in order to encourage students to them, instead of developing children can lead to irreversible disturbances in their proper development, distort the student’s personality and alienate him.
Many young people with a distorted image of themselves, with low self-esteem, feel secure in the computer world. Beauty, gender, education, skin color or belief are not important in this world. Everyone is equal here, there is no discrimination, and the only criterion of the individual’s value is the efficiency of navigating the network. The Internet, which brings fast and cheap contact with the whole world and provides a comprehensive flow of information, for some users becomes an addiction and leads to disturbances in contacts with the environment.
The Internet is a global computer network that integrates innumerable smaller networks – local, urban, and extensive. The Internet is also a community of people using it and a collection of resources available in it. Computer networks are lined with banks, hospitals, offices, schools. The most important internet services are WWW (World Wide Web) and e-mail.
The Internet is also an important place for commercial ventures. More and more companies place their ads on virtual websites, and statistics confirm that this form of advertising is often more effective than traditional on television, radio or the press. By entering the appropriate website you can buy a car, CDs or DVDs, books and many other things.
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The Internet is currently one of the largest cultural places in the world. You can find here many books of the most famous authors, visit the Basilica of Saint. Peter in Rome, get to know all species of animals and plants, watch films, read popular newspapers (eg Gazeta Wyborcza, Newsweek, New York Times). It can not be concealed that the web pages of students find ready-made essays, summaries of lectures, or papers from almost every field of science. When they need to find a specific topic, all they need to do is enter the internet browser (eg Yahoo, Onet, Interia, and Wirtualna Polska), and they will receive a list with websites’ addresses on the subject of interest.
Of course, the Internet is not just HTML documents. E-mail is its most common application. It allows you to communicate in the form of letters to people from around the world. For young people, it is not a novelty that thanks to e-mail, a reply from a colleague, eg from Japan, can be received in a few minutes. The letter in such a form can not disappear, get wet or be torn. Along with the lists, you can send files of any format. An extensive form of e-mail are mailing lists, where all members of the group, for example 200 people, receive a letter. The Internet is the source of so much information, it is a tool that helps millions of people around the world to work and communicate.
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