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4 ADVERSE EFFECTS INTERNET MAY HAVE CAUSED

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There has been rapid advancement in the Information and Communication Technology world looking at how far we have gone by way of information particularly the era surfing internet which has brought ease, convenience to our world.

Tracing historical tracks through connecting dots till date, where we have International Network (internet), and the first concept of a foreseeable world of networking.

This was the construction of the first electronic network, ARPANET in 1969.

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Subsequently, the creation of the first E-mail program came into play by Ray Tomlinson in 1972 and also in 1990; World Wide Web (WWW) was introduced in 1990.

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Thanks to Englishman Tim Berners-Lee, who while working at CERN in Geneva, implemented a hypertext system to provide efficient information access to the member of the international community.

Electronic communications developed alongside internet.

The biggest task to overcome was to get different computers using different operating systems, to be able to read each other messages.

Today, we can speak greatly of the presence of a rock-solid International Network.

Notwithstanding the great benefits that came alongside with internet, it has done quite a number of damages to humans.

As there is more development in technology, so also defects and disadvantages sets in and increases.

What makes it more terrible is the prevalence of these defects in different societies.

Let’s run through the adverse effects of internet in our societies today.

Adverse Effects Internet May Have Caused In Our Societies

1.         Cybercrime

Millions of persons stick to the internet one way or the other for good means but some persons see internet as a means to commit atrocities.

Cybercrime is simply a crime committed with the use of a computer network device.

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Cybercrime takes different forms, as the thread flows from internet fraud, child pornography, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, software piracy, virus dissemination, phishing scam, cyber-defamation, online blackmail, hacking, cyber-squatting, cyber-plagiarism and cyber-terrorism and so on.

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As a result of high rate of different activities committed on the platform of internet, one could easily say that has caused an increase in the rate of cybercrime.

Saying for instance, dating website platform could propel fraud and online blackmail.

People become victims as a result of these criminals acting on technical information known to them.

Reports have it, that global economy loss sum up to billions of dollars to cybercrime yearly.

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Different countries have responded adequately to the rise in cybercrime in their jurisdictions, with relevant appropriate laws to censure the prevalence of cybercrime.

For instance, Nigeria has the Cybercrime Act 2015, enacted in 2015.

In Ghana, there is Electronic Transactions Act (ETA) 2008.

In South Africa, there is Electronic Communications and Transaction Act 25 of 2002 (“ECT Act”) while in United State of America, there is Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA), which is codified in 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1030.

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2.         Misinformation

A lot of internet users at times visit internet to get information. Most persons believe any information they come across on the internet is true and valid.

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Most things on the internet today paint the internet in such a way, that one may think it has diverted from being a source of information to a source of misinformation.

News, updates, recent developments about happenings in the world travel fast on the internet.

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Trust me, as an internet surfer, you may visit a particular website, social media, blog or any platform to get information, whose writer or poster is not even sure or just got it from elsewhere.

Relying on that kind of information may alter your already acquired knowledge or perhaps, if you are just seeing it for the first time, you may just have been misinformed for the first time.

3.         Pornography or Obscene Contents  

While surfing the internet, you may likely find one or more obscene content, while you may not have authorise it action.

This may be through ads on a website, link redirection etc.

Pornography is a visual representation of sexuality through sexual explicit contents by specialised actors and actresses either through pictures or videos of which is being acted.

Today, a lot of pornographic content fans get their explicit materials on the internet to suit their quest for pleasure and desire.

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Overtime, reports, research have it that pornography has a terrible effect on viewers.

It can cause severe damage and effect to one’s thinking, social life, relationship with opposite sex and even cause a dangerous effect to one’s marriage.

The high rate of consumption of pornographic content in various society today, have hyper-sexualised and hyper-stimulate a lot of persons.

Research has it, that a significant portion of most cases of sexual abuse inflicted on women, in different societies, could be link to the usage of pornography by criminals or perpetrators of the sex-based crime.

Apart from that, pornography paints the society in a wrong way to viewers, distorts established values morals showing rarely impossible contents.

Pornography viewers tend to be addictive and when such happens, there will always be a link to the mind and brain thereby altering the products of what is in mind and at times attitudes.

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The mind will create a picture of what is being seen leading to an insatiable need and desire thereby pushing for emulation of what was seen.

This is when you find human seeking for sexual gratification, by any means which may result to Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or even having child outside wedlock as a result of promiscuity with multiple sex partners, while seeking sex not minding how unsafe it is, which pornography will have effected.

Pornography sees women in a disrespectful derogatory way; as sexual objects with no dignity and honour just to satisfy man’s sexual needs without taking her choice into consideration.

Adverse Effects Internet May Have Caused In Our Societies

When a person gets addicted to pornography, that person may only see sex solely as a means of recreation and fun.

There are medical consequences attached to the use of pornography apart from Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs), they are erectile dysfunction, depression, mental disturbance, anxiety etc.

The mind plays a huge role to pornography users as every sex related action that may take place after watching or seeing an obscene content, is being triggered by an already form sex filled mind.

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Masturbation in most cases is triggered by pornography.

This happens when consumers of pornography is all after journey of self-satisfaction, that cannot be defined and in fact arrived at.

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I can call it an ad infinitum one, while in the line of seeking this form of undefined satisfaction; sex turns to a form of self-centred and self-giving form of sex not self-serving.

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Various medical experts and doctors have concluded on masturbation having its own side effects either medically or even socially.

Research has it that most teenagers that engage in sex must have been watching pornography or seeing a sexually explicit material, one way or the other.

Research also have it that when a person feels remorseful or regretful about seeing one pornographic content or the other.

Such person tends to  have low self-esteem, while viewing himself or herself as being immoral, while seeing others as being morally upright (this is even so, when the person inhabits a society where morals are placed in high esteem).

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4.         Addiction

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines addiction as:

“(1) a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)

(2) an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.”

Internet addiction occurs when there is usage of the internet beyond it normal usage or an excessive usage of the internet.

One way or the other, we find ourselves engaging in internet experience to check out things.

Adverse Effects Internet May Have Caused In Our Societies

Spending too much time accessing the internet is internet addiction.

Though at times, the intention to surf the internet can be profitable, even when someone is addicted to the internet but addiction to the internet still has it adverse effects.

Internet addiction includes pornography, which I analysed above, online gambling addiction, online dating relationship addition etc.

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Persons who get addicted to internet are often pushed to evade boredom, depression to find a life, void of other human’s involvement.

In the sojourn of surfing the internet, they find captivating contents, which possess continuous daily or regular attraction.

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However, Internet addiction has its own defects even if the purpose of surfing the internet is directed towards achieving a profitable result as I mentioned earlier.

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Such effects are unexplained wastage of time, lack of sleep as a result of regular use of stimulant, anxiety while expecting contents, isolation with the view to enabling concentration while surfing the internet, backache, headache, at times drug abuse may set in all because of avoiding sleep at all cost, procrastination of already schedule duties to pursue surfing the internet, blurred vision resulting from staring at computer or phone screen for a long period of time.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Renee

    September 27, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Fully agree and honestly i think the addiction is the worst and most common!

  2. Simon Starchevsky

    September 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Addiction is a serious symptom of the Internet culture, that is only being properly addressed now. Glad that you have posted this article. Thank you.

  3. aisasami

    September 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I heard recently the most disturbing thing ever that people will take your photos and photoshop into a video that you never had permission to be in. That is disturbing! (Sorry, this comment reminds me of cybercrime and porno)

  4. Kimberly Mason

    September 29, 2019 at 2:19 am

    These are all issues to keep in mind when using the internet. Like anything, It should be used with moderation, and with the knowledge of drawbacks such as these.

  5. Luna S

    September 29, 2019 at 4:10 am

    This misinformation is a big one especially when it comes to medical related issues, there are so many people who google issues instead of seeing their doctors.

  6. Jasmine M

    September 29, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I took a course in college about the negative impacts of misinformation, and it definitely is hurting us a society. It’s super important to fact-check and do further research on your own.

  7. anshul

    September 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I know about these effects but sadly it is the source of my income so I cannot do anything about it.

  8. Polly

    September 30, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I agree with all of these specially number addiction. People spend HOURS on the internet, particularly the social media that they don’t realize that they’re wasting their time instead of using it to do productive things.

  9. Mumfromdownunder

    October 1, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Very interesting points. While we have advanced in so many way, we have also created problems!

  10. Jessica A

    October 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I totally agree. the internet can be used for many bad things, but It can also be sued for good things as well. I think it depends on the person and what their intentions are.

  11. Elizabeth O

    October 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I believe anything that is not in a normal range of use is not healthy. Addiction in using web can be prevented especially in children with the proper guidance of parents.

  12. Adventures with Shelby

    October 3, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I think there are a lot of positive and negative things that have come from the internet

    • Ogundele Olamide

      October 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      You are right Shelby

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