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Psychological Effects of the Internet Use


The Internet, according to Cambridge dictionary, is the large system of connected computers around the world that allows people to share information and communicate with each other. The term “psychological” refers to human mind and feelings. There have been many researches on the psychological effects of the Internet use. Most of the studies have concluded that the uncontrolled use of Internet has serious effects on physical and psychological health of the people, especially teenagers and young adults, people’s behavior, and productivity.

Children and adolescents who spend long time on the Internet are prone to serious psychological effects. Today’s children particularly in middle income and high income families spend long hours on the Internet, especially on the social networking sites such as Facebook, and Instagram. This exposes them to cyber bullying, which results in victims suffering from low self-esteem, stress, and depression. In a study conducted in Canada, out of 177 students, fifteen per cent reported that they were cyber bullied and four per cent said they did not know the bullies. Studies across the world report that cyber bullying is on the increase. This implies that more and more young people are going to suffer from mental health problems. Children who spend long hours on the Internet suffer from insomnia, and in a study conducted for adolescents from grade seven to grade twelve, it was found that prolonged use of the Internet can make the users susceptible to obesity and diabetes.

Research has found that the Internet is causing changes in the way people behave. Since the communication on the Internet does not involve physical interaction, people feel more free than they are in person to act differently online. And, on the other hand, widespread use of modern gadgets such as cameras and recorders is making people hesitant to behave naturally when they are online. They fear people on the other side may not approve of their actions. Sometimes, they fear that their acts could be recorded and circulated in social media sites by mischief mongers.

The Internet in general has led to decrease in productivity in workplaces. Many organisations are blocking social networking sites after observing employees getting distracted by continuous messages and notifications on their mobile phones. A survey conducted to assess the productivity levels of the people who used social networking sites, it was found that the productivity of the employees who used social networking sites was one and half times less than those who did not.

Internet addiction is another problem which people who use the Internet for long hours are prone to. These users become so dependent on the Internet that they are unable to perform routine activities at home, workplace, and community. Psychologist and Internet Addiction and Online Behaviour expert Kimberly Young says there is link between Internet addiction and mental health problems, predominantly depression. In a presentation based on a study at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, UK, it was reported that screen dependency was similar to alcohol and drug addiction: flickering graphics generated instant stimulation resulting in the release of dopamine, the chemical that is central to motivation function of the brain.

In conclusion, the effect of the Internet in decreasing the productivity is to be considered seriously as it not only affects the overall output but also causes appreciable damage to the individual’s concentration and his or her deep thinking and creative thinking ability. Behavioural changes brought about the Internet can result in the individuals losing their original identity for the sake of winning others’ approval. Adult users need to set a good example for children as children and young adults are highly affected because of indiscriminate use of the Internet.

vsureshThe Internet, according to Cambridge dictionary,

It's better to use the Wiki definition because it is more technically correct.

Many confuse the Internet and the World Wide Web of hyperlinked documents using Dynamic HTML protocol, which is the topic of your essay.

Inter = between
net = network


The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to communicate between networks and devices. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing.

Your essay is overly long due to too much repetition, untidy sentences and a style of loquaciousness. Your essay would benefit greatly from a revision in which the goal is to reduce its wordy obesity; in other words, make it trim and slim, mean and lean, while preserving all of the content.

Another suggestion is to write more specifically and less generally. Be more focused.
Finally, learn to create logical flow and coherence with inter-sentence transitions. Pronouns and transition phrases are tailor-made for the purpose. Pronouns also expunge repeated noun phrases.

I have noted some examples of these suggestions in the first few paragraphs.



The Internet, according to Cambridge dictionary, is the large system of connected computers around the world that allows people to share information and communicate with each other. The term “psychological” refers to human mind and feelings. (You have used Internet in the layman's sense. Don't define it. Psychological is a common word. No need to define it.) There have been many research studies (Research is non-count) on the psychological effects of the Internet use, specifically those web sites that are based on entertainment and fostering social relationships. Most of them studies have concluded that the injudicious uncontrolled use of the Internet has serious effects on physical and psychological health of the people, especially teenagers and young adults, (The rest does not logically fit the sentence.) people’s behavior, and productivity. Specifically, those in school may show signs of interpersonal behavioral problems and working adults will exhibit a deterioration in productivity.

Children and adolescents who spend a long time on the Internet are prone to serious psychological effects. (repetitious, delete this sentence. ) Today’s children (comma) particularly in middle income and high income families (comma) too frequently check their messages, responses and postings on their favorite social network sites, and answering their "friends." This activity may aggregate to several hours of daily use. spend long hours (repetitious) on the Internet, especially on the social networking sites such as Facebook, and Instagram. This exposes them to decidedly unfriendly cyber bullying, which results in victims suffering from low self-esteem, stress, and depression. In a study conducted in Canada, out of 177 students, fifteen per cent reported that they were cyber bullied and four per cent said they did not know the bullies. Studies across the world report that cyber bullying is on the increase. (You need a better inter-sentence transition) It also demonstrated the mounting evidence from other research showing the increase of this phenomenon, implying. This implies that more and more young people are going to suffer from mental health problems. Besides being exposed to potential abuse, children who spend long hours on the Internet suffer from insomnia, and in a study conducted for adolescents from grade seven to grade twelve, it was found that they are prolonged use of the Internet can make the users susceptible to diseases of physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

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AlpheccaStarsYour essay is overly long due to too much repetition, untidy sentences and a style of loquaciousness. Your essay would benefit greatly from a revision in which the goal is to reduce its wordy obesity; in other words, make it trim and slim, mean and lean, while preserving all of the content.Another suggestion is to write more specifically and less generally. Be more focused. Finally, learn to create logical flow and coherence with inter-sentence transitions. Pronouns and transition phrases are tailor-made for the purpose. Pronouns also expunge repeated noun phrases. I have noted some examples of these suggestions in the first few paragraphs.

Thank you for the comments, AlpheccaStars.

I will go through the changes and rework on it.


Suresh

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I have reworked the essay.

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Psychological Effects of the Internet Use

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks to communicate between networks and devices. It is a network of networks that comprises private, public, academic, business and government networks of local and global scale, carrying resources and services such as World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, among others. In the last two decades, there have been many research studies on the psychological effects of the Internet use. Most of them have concluded that indiscreet use of the Internet has serious effects on physical and psychological health of people, particularly children and young adults. While teenagers showed signs of interpersonal behavioral problems, working adults were observed to be failing in productivity.

Today’s children, especially in middle and high income families, too frequently check their messages, responses and postings on their preferred social network sites, and answer their “friends”. This amounts to many hours of everyday use and make them more and more unprepared for interpersonal communication in real life. Further, it exposes them to decidedly unfriendly cyber bullying, which results in victims suffering from low self-esteem, stress, and depression. Studies show cyber bullying is on the rise implying young people are going to increasingly suffer mental health problems. In addition to being exposed to potential abuse, children who spend long hours on the Internet suffer from insomnia and are susceptible to diseases of physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

Research is showing a link between decline in productivity and imprudent use of the Internet by employees. Surveys in many countries indicate that when employees are online, they waste a lot of time and tend to be less focused on work. Further, a study conducted by research firm Basex reported Internet interruption and the required recovery time aggregate to twenty eight per cent of a worker’s day. Attention Researcher Gloria Mark reports that an average employee spends merely eleven minutes on the given project before being interrupted by a message on social network sites. With the interruptions being so frequent, it takes not less than twenty five minutes for the worker to return to work. All of these may not only result in considerable loss to organisations but also jeopardize employee’s concentration and innate endurance potential.

In conclusion, it is very important for people to be aware of the effects of indiscriminate use of the Internet. Adult users need to set a good example for children and adolescents as its prolonged use is causing serious harm to their physical and mental health.

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks to communicate between networks and devices. It is a network of networks that comprises private, public, academic, business and government networks of local and global scale, carrying resources and services such as World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, among others.

(Every one of your readers will know what the internet is. They use it every day. One cardinal rule of writers is "Know your readership. Do not tell them what is common knowledge, what they already know. They may consider it an affront to their intelligence."

In the last two decades, there have been many research studies on the psychological effects of the Internet use. Most of them have concluded that indiscreet use of the Internet has serious effects on physical and psychological health of people, particularly children and young adults. While teenagers showed signs of interpersonal behavioral problems, working adults were observed to be failing in productivity.

Today’s children, especially in middle and high income families, too frequently check their messages, responses and postings on their preferred social network sites, and answer their “friends”. This amounts to many hours of everyday use and make them more and more unprepared for interpersonal communication in real life.

Example paragraph. Note the inter-sentence transitions.

The hours they devote to engaging in online activity deprives them of the time they would spend with their neighbors and schoolmates developing social relationships and interpersonal skills. So they are less prepared than previous generations in socializing and making lifelong friends. Unlike real life situations, these digital social networks are more often than not uncivil, without the normal constraints on acceptable behaviors. Without adult supervision and controls, teenagers are susceptible, by the forces of social pressure, to join in groups of cyber-bullies, or become victims of these groups. And, as in real life situations, both bullies and their victims suffer mental problems which, if unchecked, will require physiological counselling for depression, anxiety disorders or low self-esteem. Other adverse effects are the inevitable consequences of extreme addiction, that is, insomnia and physical inactivity. The growing rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in developed countries are undeniable attestations of the decline in levels of physical activity. And there is a strong correlation between the amount of internet usage and the prevalence of these diseases among young people.


Further, it exposes them to decidedly unfriendly cyber bullying, which results in victims suffering from low self-esteem, stress, and depression. Studies show cyber bullying is on the rise implying young people are going to increasingly suffer mental health problems. In addition to being exposed to potential abuse, children who spend long hours on the Internet suffer from insomnia and are susceptible to diseases of physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

Research has demonstrated is showing a link between decline in productivity and imprudent use of the Internet by employees. Surveys in many countries indicate that when employees are online, they waste a lot of time and tend to be less focused on are distracted from their work. Further, a study conducted by research firm Basex reported Internet interruption and the required recovery time amounts aggregates to twenty-eight per cent of a worker’s day. Attention Researcher Gloria Mark, who researches attention deficit disorders, reports that an the average employee spends merely eleven minutes on the given project a given task before being interrupted by a message on from their social network sites. With the interruptions being so frequent, it takes not less more than than twenty-five minutes for the worker to return to work. All of these may not only result in considerable loss to organisations but also jeopardize employee’s concentration and ability to remain focused. innate endurance potential. (Endurance potential is for a long-distance runner and similar athletes.)

In conclusion, it is very important for people to be aware of the effects of indiscriminate use of the Internet. Adults users need to set a good example for children and adolescents as its prolonged use is causing serious harm to their physical and mental health.

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AlpheccaStars(Every one of your readers will know what the internet is. They use it every day. One cardinal rule of writers is "Know your readership. Do not tell them what is common knowledge, what they already know. They may consider it an affront to their intelligence."

I will be careful about this.

AlpheccaStarsExample paragraph. Note the inter-sentence transitions.
The hours they devote to engaging in online activity deprives them of the time they would spend with their neighbors and schoolmates developing social relationships and interpersonal skills. So they are less prepared than previous generations in socializing and making lifelong friends. Unlike real life situations, these digital social networks are more often than not uncivil, without the normal constraints on acceptable behaviors. Without adult supervision and controls, teenagers are susceptible, by the forces of social pressure, to join in groups of cyber-bullies, or become victims of these groups. And, as in real life situations, both bullies and their victims suffer mental problems which, if unchecked, will require physiological counselling for depression, anxiety disorders or low self-esteem. Other adverse effects are the inevitable consequences of extreme addiction, that is, insomnia and physical inactivity. The growing rates of childhood obesity and diabetes in developed countries are undeniable attestations of the decline in levels of physical activity. And there is a strong correlation between the amount of internet usage and the prevalence of these diseases among young people.

I will use this as a model. Thank you very much.