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Internet - Moskowitz 1 Sammy Moskowitz December 17, 2007...

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Moskowitz 1 Sammy Moskowitz December 17, 2007 Professor Roochnik The Internet and its Effects on Social Interaction
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Moskowitz 2 The Internet is a relatively new medium through which people are communicating. It is used for advertising and broadcasting the news to millions of people at a time. The Internet is not just used for advertising or the news; people of all ages, from teenagers to senior citizens, use it to chat with their friends and family that are as close as next door or as far as across the country. Some say that the Internet acts as a damper on social interaction between people because it encourages hours of isolation spent “surfing” the web instead of interacting with friends and family. The Internet has transformed society in a way that no other communication medium has. There have been previous inventions that have made great strides in terms of communication and society, but the changes brought about by the Internet are hard and fast. Today, kids grow up using the Internet, unlike previous generations that had to learn how to use it well into their adolescent or adult lives. It is evident that the Internet is going to have a great impact on social life, but the nature of this impact has not yet been determined. Humans are social creatures that thrive on interaction and activity. When a person is lacking social interaction in their lives, they become isolated and in many cases depressed. Durkheim stressed the importance of social networks and interactions. He explored the possible reasons behind suicide, and explored the effects of social interactions on the rates of suicide. There is no question that social interaction is fundamental to human development, but the Internet raises a new question: does the interaction have to be face to face? Or does virtual interaction over the Internet have the same benefits as face-to-face interaction? Some have labeled the Internet an addictive source of pornography and depression that encourages dry sterile interaction. However, despite the virtual aspect the Internet brings to human interaction, it has actually had the opposite effect. People use the Internet
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Moskowitz 3 mainly to correspond with each other and to maintain their personal relationships over long distances. The Internet is continuously opening up new means of social interactions that allow people to find others that share common interests and ideas, and therefore, increase social networking and connectivity. There have been doubts and concerns about the fate of human interaction with every communication enhancing invention that preceded the Internet. From the telegraph to the television, people initially thought that old-fashioned face-to-face conversation was going to be made obsolete and that isolation and depression would skyrocket. But with each invention, this was not the case. If anything, each of these devices strengthened human connection because they allowed for people to keep in touch over long distances. The telegraph was a revolution because it was the first time that news could travel
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course CC 202 taught by Professor Roochnick during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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