The Internet is currently the largest source of information in the world today. With the amount of web sites and the emergence chat rooms, it has become an efficient means of communication with persons from all the corners of the globe. Since it was invented in 1973, the Internet has grown exponentially. Some say that the Internet is so enjoyable that it is has become addictive. Researchers have come to confirm this phenomenon even after disputing it earlier. The use of internet has changed life in the world today including modifying behavior.
This internet (cyber) has come with a number of technological related behavior modification; it is common knowledge that the availability of internet sex has modified sexual behavior of many people. The internet has also modified personalities of many individuals. These are fundamental issues that need to be considered while making decisions on the effects of cyber ego. Information technologies have created different personalities and change of behavior in the society today. In this paper we shall consider the effects of cyber on human life personality and changes of ethics in the society.
Internet addiction is a problem getting more common in the societies as the internet usage keeps increasing. The prevalence of Internet use worldwide is increasing every day. Along with the benefits that the internet brings, problems of internet overuse is becoming more and more evident. Internet addiction joins other forms of addictions like drugs, coffee, gambling amongst others. The opinions on the techniques for helping the victims out of it vary a lot. This is basically because of the inadequacy of the study concerning the problem.
One of the best solutions is to get attached to support groups so as to get proper help. Some of the people are able to accept the problem and push forth by themselves gradually and manage to get back to their normal lives. One of the major problems that have persisted for years now is the state of denial for the victims of this addiction. Initially even professionally it was not fully acceptable if this form of addiction existed. Varying opinions still exist on the subject where some quip that the internet can be addicting to the point of totally interfering with ones life patterns.
This reaches a level of interrupting ones social life. Others say that there is no such thing as internet addiction. They claim that getting gratification out of a computer may have nothing to do with addiction unlike getting it from coffee or drugs. The presence of mental disorders among frequent long users is what brings the interest to investigate further. These disorders happen to almost be common with most of the potentially addicted persons. Some of these disorders are mood swings, anxiety, impulse control, attention, and personality change.
These properties help to confirm or prove the practicability of internet addiction. The growing popularity of the Internet has given way to a new disorder associated with it. Internet addiction as a disorder is becoming more and more common as more people are finding themselves close to their computers. Time is the major indicator to show if someone is suffering from internet addiction but it is not the solitary way to tell of the addiction. However, there are many people who have to spend much time on-line than others.
The nature of some jobs require that people be on-line to conduct their businesses or even to perform certain research. College students are also said to spend quite some time on the internet for differing reasons. It may be for the purpose of conducting academic research or playing games including chatting with friends all over the globe. The internet is currently more easily accessible from school, colleges and libraries. Many colleges today have e-learning sites where students access class notes, assignments and other forms of communication between the lecturers and the students.
All these internet uses do not necessarily lead to addiction (Corinne and Joseph, 2002). Internet is termed as addictive and negative if its usage is disrupting major functionalities of the user’s life ranging from social, financial, physical and psychological aspects. These are some of the easiest signs to look for. There are many other signs of internet addiction. Addiction to the internet and online gaming only help to prove how deep this problem is. Initially studies referred to internet addicts as a thing only identified with male extroverts but this has been disapproved with time.
Most young people with internet access are more bound to become addicted with use. Most of addictions start as a social tool and gradually without realizing they become addicts. These practices range from e-mailing, chatting, social groups, searching of a myriad of contents, on-line gaming to making pc calls. Despite the fact that internet addiction is going up, some people do not find it as a real problem. Admittedly, finding the basis for internet addiction is usually hard and when one gets it, it becomes even harder to present it to those that do not understand.
It is sometimes likened with the difficulty of explaining the smoking addiction especially to non smokers. The reasons for the increase in the number of addicts vary with different people. One of these reasons is the ability to spontaneously access information. This feature is a resource only that too much of anything may become toxic. A controlled usage of this can bring more advantages than disadvantages to the users. This shifts the focus from the practicability doing without internet to the controlling and the enhancement of the positive elements of it.
The other reason is the easy access of the virtual community (Surratt, 1999). The presentation requirement for this community is almost non-existent. One does not need to bother with how they look or express themselves since the interface is limited to the keypad. Webcams have become common but it is not a requirement but rather an option. This type of community gives people freedom and confident to interact with whomever they choose to even in pajamas. The other major reason that lures people to the level of internet addiction is the excitement of technology.
More people than never before are becoming attached to technology and its dynamic twists coming up every few days. Technological gadgets were at times associated with male users but today everyone is swimming in technology. The popularity of wireless connectivity even makes it worse for addicts since they can ensure continuity even when on the move. According to various studies concerning different kinds of addiction it was established that the victims hardly accept that they are addicted. This is a major contributor to the addiction advancement.
In the beginning the person takes it for granted and only thinks it is a minor thing that would go away without any effort. When it becomes eminent, he or she feels they can handle it on themselves. These are stages of denial that lead to full addiction which becomes a problem especially when one feel it has become too much. The worse form of it is when one argues that they are not addicted at all. These people will not seek any form of help since they are not in a position of owning the existence of the problem.
This carries on to the time when they finally get help since they hardly accept the direction provided (Hansen, 2002). Any activity that takes one away from important life patterns and personal responsibilities is worth being seriously attended to. People addicted to the internet find it as the main source of stimulation and satisfaction in their lives. It is sometimes a reaction to a life that is not fulfilling. This internet gives them more interesting live and they seem to sacrifice all other things around them including their own family.
This dilutes all other forms of relationships and source of enjoyments they were initially inclined to. This makes the internet as a medium to aid escape from real life into another virtual world with completely different demands, requirements and effects to life. They give up most of their time to the internet including sleeping for a few hours or staying awake for days. Students are not even able to do their course work due to the time spent on-line doing other things. Internet addiction is a severe addiction that should not be taken for granted any longer.
Internet addiction is hardly a life hazard as other forms of addiction which have chemical aspects, but it is harmful to the addicts’ lives socially and professionally. Anyone may find themselves addicted to the use of internet (Hansen, 2002). The way to stay away from internet addiction is by understanding its elements and having the good will and effort in controlling one’s self from all the drives dispensed by the internet. Nevertheless, for those who are already addicted the best way to come out would be to seek professional help, such as support groups counseling or private sessions with a therapist (Young, 2001).
Internet still stands as a resource of its kind as far as information, communication and entertainment is concerned. These are aspect that all need in life. This is the reason why it is an advantage to have the internet and this outweighs the disadvantages. It is for this reason that the question should change from the ability to function without the internet to the ability to accommodate internet into our lives without it hurting our lives or interfering with the lives. Mechanisms should be put in place to monitor the effects of internet to families and the society at large.
Care for the affected should be strategic and readily available to all. Awareness should be raised so that all may come to a consensus that internet is addictive. Before all the people together agree that internet addiction is becoming of great concern, the problem will continue to persist until such a time when it will be the concern of all members of the society. This way it will become easier to identify addictions in friends and relatives and hence reduce addiction cases.
The addiction to internet and continue use has become one of the major problems and is associated with behavior modification and change of personalities in the society. In order to ensure there is a proper morality in the society the problem of internet addiction should be addressed. There must be moral sensitivity and reasoning among computer users in order to ensure that children do not get some information such as phonograph which is available at the internet that actually modifies the behavior of individuals. Moral actions need to be taken against those individuals who have become internet or cyber addicts.
This will ensure there is a sense of moral integrity such as ensuring that one does not download immoral materials that actually destroys the conscience and personality of individuals. Therefore social norms should be adopted to ensure there is clarity of the information. Education system has also changed through the use of cyber since educational materials are available in the internet, with proper ethical standards and ideals following good moral ethics education will be achieved and good personality attained by individuals using the cyber.
In conclusion, we have argued addiction as one of the ethical problems associated with cyber or internet adoption, the addiction on internet has been a source of moral decay and change of personality in the society today. Therefore, it is common that cyber use is changing behavior and will continue to modify personality with time if moral ethical, correction techniques are not used to ensure that it succeeds.
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