Friday, October 12, 2007

Internet Addiction: How bad is the problem?

We often speak of different additions to smoking, drinking, and even carbonated drinks like coke, but how big is the problem with Internet addiction? Using the Internet for education and work purposes is an indespensible tool today, but what about the effects that using the Internet can have on our daily lives and relationships? Share your experiences and discuss the problem in your own country? How can we live more balanced lives?

Randall

8 comments:

  1. I live in Taiwan. There are many stores with the Internet services for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some students spend their after-school time on game playing at those stories quite often. Today, the Internet has involved into parts of people's lives. It's so convenient and useful that we get to depend on it deeply and deeply. Since the Internet-using addiction is the way we choose, we sure can do something to change it.
    As for me, sometimes I can spent long hours "surfing" for reading and looking for information. But I try to remind myself to get away computer and do something else such as doing some exercises. Setting a schedule to manage your time and regulate things to do could help. There's an attraction from using Internet;however, you can find more fun out of it.

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  2. I think I also have the problem of internet addiction. Every day, I spend more than 5 hours on surfing the net. I will feel uncomfortable if I can’t use the net. In our country, there are a lot of people of my kind. It’s certainly not a good thing for our relationships or our health. I am not sure about the solutions. But, I know I will try my best. Also, maybe I will throw away my addicts of internet, I will never throw away my habit of reading meaningful articles on Randall’s ESL Blog.:)

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  3. Hello. I'm Japanese girl. I have some experience in Internet addiction. Firstly, we can fond a lot of movie crips on Web site today. For me, those are so intersted.Sometimes, I am lookig for intersted movies whole day. I can not remove from PC. Also, I feel my research skill is getting worse. Because I can find many information very easily. I don't need to read like thick books or go to library. I spend time to research in my house. I think it is not good for study. I need to read many book and talk people, but actually I don't need to do that because I can do everything to use internet...

    Those are my problrms and experiences. How about yours??

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  4. Sometimes I hate my computer. Of course It's my work tool and it helps me a lot in education, communication and so on. But sometimes I hate it, because sometimes I spend too much time play a game, watch a movie or to surf internet and many things that needed to be done remain untouchable.

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  5. In my country like others, the internet services are many popular in the "ciber" or in home. Usually, the students go to the ciber after the school. The teen-agers go more later, in the night specially.
    For me, I'm connected all the day in my work. In my free-times, I'm looking for the free-books for download and then read them when have time. In some cases it's true, is an addiction but, the parents must be pay attention and keep under control to their kids.

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  6. I DON`T KNOW IF INTERNET IS A PROBLEM I MEAN... INTERNET, CIGARRETS AND EVERYTHING COULD BE BAD IF YOU USED IT IN WORSE WAY, INTERNET IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS AT THIS TIME, IT`S A NECESSITY, BUT YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IT`S NO THE ONLY WAY TO COMUNNICATE TO THE WORLD, I MEAN YOU CAN GO AND PAY YOUR CREDIT CARD AT BANK, AND TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS PERSONALLY, YES I KNOW YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING TROUGH INTERNET BUT, THONK ABOUT IT, IT`S NO THE ONLY WAY.
    FROM MEXICO...

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  7. Dear Randall, it's glad to visit your blog. I got the motivation to do my writing practice from topics you pick up here. I have one thing to ask for. Is it possible that you can do a little correction on our writing mistakes from replies? I know, it would take you a great number of time and efforts to do this. It is just a wish for a English learner like me always need help to use English.

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  8. Hi,I live in Vietnam.I'm sure that all of you have used internet,maybe only one time ( if no ,u can't wrote your comment ^^) So i think everythings have more than two sides of one hand.On the light side,people can be relaxed by internet.For example,many games,news,information,.... in internet are played,read,found day by day.And some softwares are only used in internet like yahoo,mail,....If we dont have internet,i can't imagine what will happen.So it's the light side.

    But on the other hand,many problems that the internet makes for us.Firstly,on the newspaper,sometime,you can see some persons died because they played game to much,forgot eating,sleeping.Next,many companies have been hacked,and lost lots of money,many secrets have been in public,....

    So,i think the question should be :"How can we use internet in the light way?".
    Talk about me? I know i choose the wrong way to use internet,but i don't know why i can't come back T_T.Everyday,i use internet 14/24 but not for game.
    I'm a student and marketer,so i must use internet for my work,for my life.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall