In trying to determine the impacts of internet usage, conclusions from other studies were referenced. “Kraut … found that excessive internet usage presents a negative effect on face-to-face interactions by reducing time spent with friends and family members, which leads to increased loneliness and depression, thus decreasing psychological well-being.” Another study confirmed this: “Liu reported that internet use increased the degree of loneliness in college students. (Sharma, Arvind, and Richa Sharma). In their own study, the researchers confirmed that internet addiction was positively correlated with “a decrease in social interactions, anxiety, depression, with greater levels of loneliness, poor social adaptation, and social skills and lower level of self-esteem.” They go on to say, “In the present study, it was seen that internet addiction was significantly negatively correlated to PWB ... Students with higher levels of internet addiction are more likely to be low in PWB … it was also observed that internet addiction was a negative predictor of PWB” (Sharma, Arvind, and Richa Sharma). Although the internet is meant to help college students in their studies, it plays a large role in the status of their mental health. When trying to escape the pressures schools place on students, students turned to the internet and became entrapped or experienced a higher dependency on their technology. The goal of the study was to confirm the magnitude of the impact that internet usage has on a student's psychological well-being, and did so by demonstrating the correlation between a university students’ well-being and the amount of time they spend on the internet. Of course, with the ability to access the world from a touch of the fingertips, there are negative, and sometimes dangerous, implications. As the new generation shares a larger portion
of their lives on the internet, through posts on various websites or social media platforms, they can become prone to cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is defined as an intentional aggression towards someone of a lower standard through the means of the internet, which takes the form of unwelcome, unkind, threatening comments, or harassment via electronic means. Public interest has recently increased as media depicted cases of young people attempting suicide after being bullied. Unfortunately, most portrayals are over exaggerated and link suicidal behavior directly to bullying. Individuals who experienced bullying were “more likely to be emotionally distressed by being bullied, had higher rates of depression, and had higher incidences of problem behavior when compared with other cyberbullying roles or non-involved youths” (Görzig, Anke). The main cause of cyberbullying is the ability of someone to feel powerful when in front of a screen, and many media sites allow the user’s identity to stay anonymous. The issue with this is that those who are not caught are likely to target weaker individuals again and again. As Görzig’s
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