The internet is the biggest world-wide communication network of computers. It has millions of smaller domestic, academic, business, and government networks, which together carry many different kinds of information. The term is sometimes abbreviated as "the net". The World Wide Web is one of its biggest services. It is used by a few billion people all over the world.
The internet was developed in the United States by the "United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency" (DARPA). It was first connected in October, 1969, and was called ARPANET. The World Wide Web was created at CERN in Switzerland in 1990 by a British (UK) man named Tim Berners-Lee.
Today, people can pay money to access the internet from internet service providers. Some services on the Internet cost nothing to use. Sometimes people who offer these free services use advertising to make money from them. Censorship and freedom of speech on the internet can be controversial.
Services on the internet[change | change source]
The internet is used for many things, such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer, and the interlinked web pages and other documents of the World Wide Web.
The most used service on the internet is the World Wide Web (which is also called the "Web"). The Web contains websites, including blogs and wikis like Wikipedia. Webpages on the internet can be seen and read by anyone (unless the page needs a password, or it is blocked).
The second biggest use of the internet is to send and receive e-mail. E-mail is private and goes from one user to another. Instant messaging (such as AIM or ICQ) is similar to email, but allows two or more people to chat to each other much faster.
Some governments think the Internet is a bad thing, and block all or part of it. For example, the Chinese government thinks that Wikipedia is bad. Many times no one in China can read it or add to it. Some parents block parts of the internet they think are bad for children to see. Well-known examples of the whole internet being blocked are in North Korea.
Dangers on the internet[change | change source]
The internet makes communication easy, and communication can be dangerous. People often send secret information, and sometimes other people can steal that information. They can use the Internet to spread lies or stolen secrets or dangerously bad advice. For example, Facebook has had some problems with privacy settings. A person can post information on the website, but this is often a bad idea unless the person is very sure of what they are doing. One way to check for a secure website is to make sure the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. This means it is secured so other people cannot read information while it is being sent. However, it does not mean the website will do things to keep it safe.
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Essay on Internet addiction
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Internet and Video Game Addiction
Internet addiction is a worldwide disorder that is oblivious to the technological age we live in. Since its inception in 1991 (Livingstone), the World Wide Web has only improved our quality of life. People don’t perceive online technology as a problem but as a solution to make our lives cheaper and efficient. As a working college student, my whole life is run on the internet. I use Facebook religiously to keep in-touch with my friends, I play Xbox Live to compete with amateur Call of Duty players, I read online newspapers to get current events, and I use every internet resource available to write research papers like this one. I classify my use of these devices as a learnt behavior—not an addiction—I…show more content…
and Asian youth. The gaming industry has never been so vibrant because of an individual’s willingness to escape the negatives of reality and adopt a new persona in the online world of fantasy. The current trends in internet and gaming have shaped new global business models that serve this internet-addicted generation.
Internet addiction is growing in different parts of the world such as Italy, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Internet addiction has even become a serious public health concern in China, Korea, and Taiwan. As a result, private and government-run treatment centers have emerged across the US and abroad (Netaddiction.com). Internet addiction has already started to make its impact—it could be too late to prevent it.
The U.S. is listed as a nation in which internet addiction is growing in rapid numbers yet it not considered a hotspot of internet addicted teenagers worldwide. Stanford determined in a survey of 2500 respondents in 2006 that one in eight American adults showed signs of Web addiction (Stewart). Compared to our Asian counterparts, this fraction is miniscule; however, take note that there is major cultural difference with the amount of technology use between the two superpowers.
Since internet addiction is relatively new, it’s hard to find support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Gamblers Anonymous. SafeFamilies.org, an