Referring to the positive aspects of an addiction seems to be a contradiction. Addictions are generally harmful, damaging a person's relationships, work, education and health. Addiction to the Internet can do the same sort of damage, leading you to neglect family, friends and obligations such as work and school. However, the internet has many benefits and has become a part of everyday life, used for news, information, research, communication and relationships.
Expanded Knowledge Base
The Internet enables you to access information sources from around the world, giving you the ability to conduct research and business transactions. Internet users can access international libraries, museums and schools for a wide range of information. Many use the Internet to explore their surroundings and make vacation plans, car, hotel and airline reservations. On-line banking gives you the ability to track your finances on a daily basis and to pay bills without the use of paper. Schools have built Internet use into the curriculum, to improve their students' vocabulary and study habits and to help the students feel they are part of the wider world. Children research school projects and often use the Internet for fun, games and email. According to the authors of "Internet Applications of Type II Uses of Technology in Education," Internet use in schools empowers students to use technology to create their own learning environments "filled with enthusiasm and self-motivation."
Ease of Communication
Email, blogs, discussion forums and chat rooms give Internet users the ability to communicate with family and friends faster and more easily than at any time in previous history. The ease of sharing photos with others, the convenience of email, even the use of the Internet to make phone calls are all benefits of the Internet. Working from home via the Internet has changed the way many businesses operate, allowing them to work with people in far-flung areas. It even has the benefit of reducing rush hour traffic and reducing the costs of going to work, such as the cost of commuting and the cost of a wardrobe for the office.
While Internet addiction can harm personal relationships if Internet use takes the place of doing things with your family and friends, the Internet can also make relationships stronger because of the ability to communicate easily. Another amazing aspect of the Internet is the possibility of creating new friendships with people around the world that you can meet through chat rooms and discussion forums. You can find a group that shares your interests, whether you are interested in literature, travel, cooking, religion, health problems or anything else. Internet users share ideas and collaborate with others on line. You have the potential to develop a network of friends around the world who share your interests and ideas.
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- "Navigating the Financial Blogosphere: How to Benefit from Free Information on the Internet"; Russell Bailyn; 2007
- "Internet Applications Of Type II Uses of Technology in Education"; Cleborne D Maddux and D Lamont Johnson ; 2006
- "Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction"; Kimberly S. Young; 1998
- "The Psychology of the Internet"; Patricia M. Wallace; 2001
- "Eyes Online : Eyes On Life: A Journey Out of Online Obsession "; Jan Kern; 2008