A short analysis
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We are not untouched by technology in any sphere of life. From making instant breakfast in kitchen to arranging for an online video conference in a company, technology has facilitated most of the works we do in personal and professional front. But this coin too does not come without the dark side. Technology has also affected out social life adversely. Hence it is required to know how people should control the dependence on technology in their lives. This short essay elucidates the impact of Internet on social life.
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For a minute, let’s consider how Facebook has changed lives globally. It is the social networking site with almost a billion members. People can easily connect with hundreds of friends and use Facebook as a platform for the growth of personal, professional and social network. In fact, there are people found their long lost folks on Facebook. But in spite of being such a boon to social connectivity, it has a list of adverse impact of the same issue of social connectivity as well as on the lifestyle of people. Internet which is one of the best inventions by man can be a tool for devastation for an unwise user through its impact of health, mentality and outlook towards life.
Internet can be means of either personal growth or severe isolation from real life, depending on how a user manages it. According to a survey, Sites such as Facebook and MySpace report an estimated 970 million and 41 million unique visitors globally (Bogo , Kassabri, Mishna, Root & Sawyer, 2012). Youngsters especially are engrossed in being on Facebook, looking for videos on YouTube and watching pornographic films as well. When Internet is used for access to knowledge and sane entertainment, it is nothing but its optimization. But when the use of Internet drifts towards addiction and absurdity, it gradually harms the user by his/her consuming the time and energy as well as adversely affecting the work schedule. This extensive reach of Internet also has negative impact on certain social work practice. There are several forums on Internet which give all the information to common people and they approach the social practitioners such as counselor and doctors with a mind full of information (Bogo et. al., 2012). It makes difficult for social practitioners to react in a way that seems convincing to the patients or clients.
There are more than one implications of technological advancement on health. Long hours of sitting in front of the desk have their set of health effects. But when it comes to efficient
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working and connectivity to people across the globe, the unfavorable aspects of technology is usually ignored. Agreed that Internet and other technologies have facilitated many functions to the disabled children by enhancing the social environment (wise, 2012), but it can also very easily let the mind be perplexed to differentiate between real information and abundance of useless data (Portman, 1984).
It is best if an Internet user acts wisely without falling over-dependent on the technologies. Internet amazingly caters to the needs and queries of various people with varying abilities and disabilities. But, taking every piece of data from Internet to be ‘information’ or being over-addicted to it can lead to adverse results on health as well as overall personality.
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- Mishna, F, Bogo, M, Root, J, Sawyer J-L & Kassabri, M K. 2012. ‘‘‘It just crept in’’: The Digital Age and Implications for Social Work Practice’. Springer Science Business Media, LLC 2012. Retrieved on 13 May 2013 from Web http://ehis.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.umuc.edu/eds/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=a405fa69-2ed1-47d2-8146-acafacb73edc%40sessionmgr198&vid=8&hid=7
- Portman, N. 1984. Amusing Ourselves to Death. PENGUIN books Published by the Penguin Group Penguin books USA Inc.
- Wise, P.H. 2012 Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on Disability. Retrieved on 13 May 2013 from Web