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Psychological advantages of the Internet

Psychological disadvantages of the Internet

The Field of Psychology on the Internet

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There are not many people that would deny the massive influence that the internet has on the world today, whether that influence be positive or negative. In 1998, the Media Awareness Network found that 60 million people were using the internet and 90% of employees claimed computers were a necessity to their work. The same study predicted that the size of the web would double in six months. Because of its impact and exponential growth, many fields including psychology, have been studying the effects of the web.

The use of the web has changed the way people communicate, learn, seek information and even shop. Because these elements compose a large part of our lives, the internet must have an influence on the psychology of people today. In fact, there are many differing views on the internet’s impact on society. Some say it is improving society and others say it is a detriment and most say it is a mixture of both.

The psychological advantages of the web stem from the idea that it is a new and different mean of expression. Some people are more likely to express themselves and communicate through typing as opposed to talking. Overall, there is a lot more information at our fingertips now. A wealth of knowledge is more accessible.

The psychological disadvantages arise over issues such as decreased social interaction and the shield that the Internet tends to put up for some people. People might be more likely to harm others because of the anonymity that the web provides. There is also a lot of controversy over whether an actual internet addiction exists.

The Internet has actually brought many advances to the field of psychology. Better research opportunities, self-help sources, online therapy and psychological tests are now resources available to all Internet users. During times before the web, people had to go to some lengths to get information that is now accessible in their homes.

 

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