internet addiction

internet addiction - 1 Butler April 19, 2011 Dear Mr. H:...

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1 Butler April 19, 2011 Dear Mr. H: When I saw the assignment sheet I knew I wanted to write my paper on the rise of the Internet and social media. This has always been an interest of mine. I am always on these websites and I wanted to know more about how it is really affecting our brains. To make sure I didn’t have a topic that was too broad, I narrowed my subject down to addiction to the Internet. I chose this because I have suffered from an Internet addiction before and am probably still at high risk for one. I think the strongest parts of my paper are transitions and the use of my own personal story and connecting it to the thesis. I think my weakest point may be trailing off topic a little bit, and getting to deep into the subject. Overall I actually enjoyed the research sources for this paper and found them interesting. I enjoyed writing this paper. Sincerely,
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2 Emily ButlerEmily Butler Professor Hadbawnik English 201 19 April 2011 Internet Addiction in Adolescents
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3 Butler The Internet’s popularity has increasingly skyrocketed. It is a great tool for many daily activities such as social networking, online research, shopping online, chatting, blogging, or just browsing. The variety of places to go on the Internet is what makes it so appealing to its users. However, problems have started to arise because of increased Internet use.   Users are starting to abuse the Internet, resulting in symptoms related to addiction. I personally am a victim of Internet addiction. At the age of fifteen, I was constantly using the Internet. The root of the cause of my Internet addiction was social media. I developed an obsession for MySpace. I loved the idea that I was connected with everybody, even people I didn’t know. I almost had an alter ego on the Internet. I befriended people that I didn’t even know, and thought it would be fun to be a “MySpace phenomenon.” I would spend hours on the computer changing my profile, updating my interests, and chatting with friends. If I was away from the computer I would feel withdrawal, and get severe anxiety. The addiction resulted in me unnoticeably shunning my family, because I was in my room for hours on the computer. If I was doing something else I would develop feelings of depression and isolation. The connection that I got from social networking made me feel like I had real relationships. Internet abuse has increasingly become a greater problem among adolescents, resulting in symptoms of an addiction.
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4 The reason the Internet has become an addiction to many people is because of it’s variety of websites. Anything can be found on the Internet these days. Among the most popularly used are social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or the overall blogosphere. People have this constant need for connection, which can be satisfied through these sites. In her journal article about social media and distraction, Cate Kennedy states how her colleagues say she is depriving herself of the opportunity for vastly improved connectedness by avoiding these social networking sites (Kennedy). Just because she has chosen to not become a part of the social
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