Most people in the world use the internet and there are many factors of the internet that benefit us. however, there are many negatives of using the internet and I have found 4 main ones;

  1. Addiction – In the UK, 2 in 5 people say spend too much time on the internet but admit they cannot stop. 3 in 5 people check the internet first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. 60% of men admit that they watch pornography at least once a month. 9 out of 10 people are surfing the web rather than reading a book.
  2. We know to much, but understand so little- Twitter users tweet 300,000 times a minute. Google has 2.5 billion searches every day. Facebook has 2.5 million posts every minute. Youtube users upload 72 hours a minute. From the 12,000BC to 20013. the internet had used 5 Exabytes, it is now having this much every 2 days.
  3. Privacy under threat- In 1 year, each person leaves up to £5000 worth of data online and is then sold to marketing companies.  1 in 7 teenagers have admitted to sending compromising images online to complete strangers.
  4. Online crime- In 1990 , there was 7000 images of child pornography found online. In 2014, 42 million imager were found on just 1 server. On Twitter, there are 10,000 uses of racist terms a day, and 2000 containing the word ‘rape’. 69% of young people in the UK have admitted to been cyber bullied.

Social Media

Facebook- There were 1.01 Billion daily active users on average for September 2015

-There were 894 million mobile daily active users on average for September 2015

-Approximately 83.5% of our daily active users are outside the US and Canada

– 25.7% of the world population are on Facebook

Instagram- More than 75 million people use Instagram daily

– 14% of drivers admit to checking their Instagram while operating their vehicle.

– 90% of Instagram users are under the age of 35

– Between January 2013 and December 2015, 310 million more people are now using Instagram

– 5.4% of the world population use Instagram

Issues with social media:

1. Its concerning that our teens are losing out on the ability to learn about and read social cues. They cannot learn to read non-verbal behavior properly if most of their interacting goes on in the virtual world.

2. Part of learning to be a good friend, co-worker etc. is to learn how to cooperate with others. This is not a skill learned on the Internet.

3. Teens need to learn to be inclusive rather than exclusive and cliquey. There are many more opportunities to learn to be inclusive in real life.

4. Teens need to learn how to deal with free time without staring at a screen. With less screen time,they will have more opportunity to learn how to relax and use leisure time.

5. Social media creates excessive drama. This is because positive messages are read as more neutral than they are intended to be; neutral messages are read as more negative as they are intended to be and one can only imagine what happens with messages that are intended to be negative.

6. Teens who are already sleep-deprived are becoming more sleep-deprived because many of them are up until the wee hours of the night texting.

7. Teens need to learn to be present in the moment. Too often, I see teens on their smartphones when they are in the company of their peers. They lose the ability to interact mindfully in the moment. Honestly, even adults do that to each other and it is quite upsetting.

8. Teens are more aggressive and sexual when they feel anonymous and are communicating electronically. Things can get out of hand very quickly with both cyber-bullying and sexuality, as we are painfully aware.


Legal and Ethnical issues related to the Internet:

Typosquatting – where a person registers a domain name similar to a real domain name, but with a typo, in hopes that web surfers reach it by accident. These sites are usually filled with paid advertising links that generate revenue for the typosquatter, not to mention the web surfer has been tricked into believing he is on the correct site. This diverts traffic away from the intended site. Sometimes they are routed to a competitors site or a pornographic site.

Cybersquatting – is when someone registers a domain name, in bad faith, violating the rights of the trademark owner. They usually intend to extort payment from the trademark owner, and they keep the names to sell later to the highest bidder.

Pagejacking is when the offender copies part of an existing website, and then puts it up on a different website to make it look like the original. Pagejacking is used in phishing schemes, where the fake page gathers account numbers, passwords, and personal information from the unsuspecting user.

Spam- Spam is accounted for around 80% of all U.S. email. 20% of U.S. residents actually buy products from spammers, and this makes it worthwhile for them to continue to harass us with unsolicited emails. There are no laws to prohibit spamming, but there are laws to regulate spam. There are also laws that prevent email harvesting (programs that read through websites looking for email address to add to their database).