The Internet has been branded and proven to be a crucial part of the recent society mainly due to its over-reliance to provide information in a faster way. It provides remedies in the attempt to solve and give solutions to real-life needs and problems by making information easily available to anyone’s disposal. Recent studies and researchers have reported several of the effects of internet and technologies on human intelligence by basing their results and argument on real-life examples. As noted on The Internet in everyday life by Barry et al. (2008), these effects some are negatively affecting the human intelligence capacity while others have positive effects on our lives and intelligence. In the modern society, most people are suffering from digital amnesia which means people cannot retain most of the information obtained from the internet.
The internet has brought about the mindset of “the internet knows everything,” and so people can access all the information they need on the internet. As described by Norman and Erbring (2000), the internet just allows us to source information on the internet rather than keeping the solution in mind. After studying and researching the internet effects on human nature, the reports examined have provided information to back up my previous stance on which I had argued that the internet is making us depended and therefore less intelligent (p. 15). The information provided by the internet should be making us smarter and intelligent, but instead, it is making us more dependent, less intelligent and has a negative effect on human morals and behavior.
People are using the internet to find and acquire solutions and information after which they do not retain all the relevant information of the answer given. After researching through the search engines and obtaining the relevant information and solving the current question or situation the internet gives the option not to memorize all that information obtained since when in case you will ever need that information again, it will always be readily available on the internet. In this generation, people always store their important information in digital forms where they can retrieve it and access it at any time without the burden of remembering the exact details. For example, people use their phones to set meeting reminders or important dates rather than storing this information in their brains and remembering it themselves. This total dependence on the internet all the time has minimized our knowledge and information storage capacity in our brains because we know we can get back on the internet and look for that same information if we need it again and therefore making us less intelligent.
The internet contains a wide range of addictive programs which causes over-reliance of the internet by people. The internet provides different platforms which offer a variety of formats of addictive packages to the society such as phones which have been proved to be highly addictive especially to the teenagers (Zobia Bargees et al., 2006, p. 300 ). This has affected interactions amongst people. In the past decade, when people used to sit and share stories and even laugh together, nowadays people stay glued to their mobile phones and do not have time to talk to each other. Instead, they are busy watching stuff from the internet, chatting and calling their anonymous friends. Based on recent research reports online gaming sites and social media networks have proven to be leading the way in addiction. Medical practitioners and psychiatrists have identified internet addiction as a disorder which needs professional skills, knowledge, and understanding of its treatment. For instance, one can develop a gambling addiction via online casino suites. These addictions cause people to overly depend on the internet to provide these programs and ease their addiction. The society has to be reasonable on which means they decide to use the online platforms for.
Internet access is available almost everywhere we are, and therefore people lose human interactions. It serves us with all the with everything we need by creating an easily accessible platform such as Google and Wikipedia to gather our desired information and answers to almost all our life questions; this hinders people from questioning other people ideas and opinions hence barring the social interactions amongst people. Therefore, this may create broad social differences amongst people because they do not discuss issues together and come up with solutions, this is because these solutions are readily available on the internet. In recent years traditional stories are never told to youngsters by the grandparents because the Youngers are busy with their mobile phones and have no time to listen to folk tales. For example, people at home as well as in public places find it fun using their phones instead of talking to each other and making new friends; they prefer making friends online via different social media platforms such as Skype. Nowadays, consultation is conducted via online platforms in which in most cases provide people with misleading and unreliable information by which is not always true and might lead the users to poor decision making.
The internet serves the human fraternity with a wide range and massive load of information which the brain cannot process and memorize all of it. It is constantly providing a stream of rich, broad information from different global locations and websites which offers different ideologies pertaining to the same aspect making it difficult for the human brain to handle. Some of the information provided on the websites and search engines is too detailed and therefore the brain does not process every single fact embodied in the context. Due to this, some important facts in the context might be left out, and therefore, it will have a negative impact on decision making about future actions. The variability of perception is that the brain does not capture everything we see and hence the information provided on the internet might be too detailed for us to make sense of it.
People do not take time to evaluate and analyze information provided on the internet on their own. Various websites provide information collected globally so it is hard to differentiate true information from the false one. The possibility of this solution to be accurate or wrong is proportionate, and some even information has high percentage possibility of being wrong due to the unlimited uploading of information to the internet. For example, most article writers are never certain about the information they post on different media, where most users end up trusting and using that information which has not been proved right especially medical information which is critical.
Lack of creativity is one of the many sour effects of internet access. The major feature of the internet is the unlimited and accessible information sources which have rendered human beings unable to think critically innovate and improvise new ideas and strategies. This feature benefits users in that they can get information at ease (Lee and Min, 2006, p. 420). However, when everything is available at the fingertip, it is difficult for people to be creative and innovative. For instance, students do not pay much effort on the studies since they only need internet access to gather solutions and copy paste the information for their tests, therefore, making it hard for them to come up with creative and unique ideas of their own in future. The ease to access the internet services has made things easier hence hindering learning and originality.
The retrieval of all kind of inappropriate materials from different links, servers, groups, and websites has been rendered to be influential to young people. Adding to that, these materials have been proven to deter with established moral concepts and religious ideologies in the society. Depending on culture and religion beliefs, morality covers many aspects of life such as the way peoples dress and how people behave in general. The internet has brought different ideas which differ from the established customs and ideas. It provides materials which can result in moral corruption especially in teenagers which can lead to wrong mental development. Hence it is essential for adults to exercise control over what type of information is accessible for teens.
The internet provides direct access to television programs which affects the human behavior in such a way that people try to imitate the movie lifestyle and actions taken by the actors. This has direct negative effects on humans because their cause of action, thoughts, and lifestyle are determined by the movie characters rather than using their ways and thoughts. Most people develop their habits grounded in their favorite programs or movie characters. They tend to develop their routine based on how their favorite charters behave or act and hence most people do not take time to learn their habits and live their own life based on their actions and decisions. In an example, most teens nowadays try to copy dress codes from their favorite movie stars whether it suits them or not, they tend to leave dress code decisions to their artists. Although people are used to developing their habits centered on how the program entitles, they should use their brains to develop they own habits and thoughts based on their tastes and preferences.
Although the internet has been proved to have negative outcomes regarding human behavior, actions and overdependence, the pros are also a couple and awesome. It is considered a life-changing invention which has established itself in every aspect of life. The Internet has made our lives easier by making all sort of information available with the help of gadgets such as phones and laptops. Human beings can now think critically and come up with new, developed and enhanced ideas by use of information served by the internet. People are now changing their livelihoods as compared to the past decades due to the advancement of technology and the introduction of more developed gadgets from where they are guaranteed direct access to internet services. The transfer of information has become faster and accurate through the internet. Today, people do not have to wait for emails as these emails are now sent faster and easily via the internet. The availability of new information to internet users is making more people intelligent by adding more knowledge to them.
Although access to the internet server us and meets our information needs, over-relying on it to provide answers to almost everything is risky as it reduces our ability to think critically, evaluate and analyze our life problems to come up with solutions of our own to avoid future regrets. This as well enables us to keep the information in our mind and use it more often because it is hard to forget our self – made ideas, decisions and opinions. The increasing negative effects of internet pose a lot of questions on the use of the internet.
The decisive factor between the positive and negative effects of the internet is scaling the weight of fiction and reality. We know if the same information is needed at other time, it will be available in a few seconds. People do not take time to analyze a question and do depth research, but rather they just google search the question and solutions presents themselves for direct use. Information from the internet can be false or true so people should choose wisely which information to base their decision on. Staying away from the cons of the internet, it is beneficial to keep oneself away from internet dependence
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