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Internet Causes Isolation. Discuss

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Lee Zhi Ying


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Topic: The Internet has contributed more towards the isolation of individuals and                                                      communities rather than bringing them together. Discuss.

The Internet is generally defined as a global network connecting millions of computers. It has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. According to Internet Live Stats, as of 4th July 2017, there was an estimated 3,670,943,807 Internet users worldwide. The number of Internet users represents nearly 40 percent of the world's population. The largest number of Internet users by country is China, followed by India and the United States. The Internet is the decisive technology of the Information Age. Many people in today’s generation are relying in the Internet to do a lot of different tasks. In fact, wherever you go these days, you can see people holding some sort of gadgets and using the Internet to play games or search things that they want. But of course, the Internet is not just about entertainment. It is also useful in many other things as well. This essay will discuss how the Internet has contributed more towards the isolation of people and groups instead of uniting them.

Internet provides distraction from real life. It is proven that the Internet has dramatically changed our ability to stay focused on what’s going on immediately around us and let us “escape” and instantly go “elsewhere” (Debbie McGauran, 2015). This is due to the fact that in social settings if things wind up plainly ungainly or awkward, we regularly look for comfort in web-based social networking. For instance, rather than figuring out how to manage these sentiments and work through them we can return to our smartphones or online social networking sites to occupy us from the challenges in our ongoing and immediate connections. Moving on now to consider Internet users become so focused on checking social media that they end up wasting precious writing time sitting at computers or scrolling through other people’s lives (Kristen Houghton, 2015). Studies have even showed that almost everyone beyond 10 years old has a smartphone and access to the Internet nowadays, it is very common to discover students separating their consideration between messaging, checking online networking sites and surfing the web while doing homework and contemplating for exams (Michael Howard). In short, the contribution of this study has been to confirm that Internet provides distraction from real life that causes isolation to individual and communities.

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