Internet Addiction Is Becoming a Disease

Internet Addiction Is Becoming a Disease

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Is Internet addiction fast turning into an infectious disease? This is a question nowadays largely debated the world over. There is no doubt that Internet is usually seen as a source of knowledge, entertainment, education, commerce and much more. However, internet has over the years changed the way we live, work and communicate; it also has a darker side, known as Addiction!

Internet Addiction, to quote a few, has been a headache for several Asian countries like South Korea and China for the past decade. The South Korean Government has recently estimated, in a recent survey, that the country has over 2 million citizens addicted to the Internet!

Nearly 50% of teenaged population in South China’s Guangdong Province are said to be internet-dependent! The experts say that it is a cause of great concern in the region.

Now online social network is fast rising, especially in India, creating a controversy among its people whether internet addiction is a disease or not? This is because mostly the youth turns towards internet for any kind of knowledge required, either to search information for their studies, project completion or home-assignment. Not only this, online shopping, social networking, gaming, online banking or just chatting; for each and every need, they look up to their internet access!

The new generation find it a convenient option to search through internet rather than referring the books. Computer addiction has grown more due to the fact that they have no proper cordial relationship with parents so the youth of today keep on chatting with friends on the net, browsing or just surfing on the net. But they must keep in mind that computer internet should not become addiction for them, rather they should use it for their benefits, as it is a well known saying that “Too much of anything is bad”.

With the invention of computer, the world saw a tremendous revolution in the lives of human beings. It had completely revolutionised the world! But with the advent of internet, computers have occupied a prominent position in the personal as well as the professional lives of all. People of every category like to possess their personal computer. Many prefer to buy used computer or a refurbished computer to serve this purpose. As a matter of fact, a used computer or cheap computer works exactly in the same way as that of a brand new computer. The only difference is that the model is being returned to the manufacturer after opening it by the buyer, due to some reasons. Or they are slightly used, or have slight scratch marks on them. But these computer models are fully refurbished in the warehouse before they are resold in the market.

Many youth prefer buying refurbished laptops or cheap computers, to meet their requirements. It is a great money saving idea in the World Economic Recession. Besides doing their academic work on computers, the teenagers devote most of their time chatting on the net. Availability of internet on mobile phones has made it even worse. People are online 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, searching each other and talking on social-networking sites like FaceBook, Twitter, etc.