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How Excessive Internet Use Increasingly Inflicts Negative Effects on Our Society

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How excessive Internet use increasingly inflicts negative effects on our society

"An estimated 147 million people worldwide accessed the Internet at least once a week from their businesses and home--more than double the 61 million who browsed the Net in 1996, according to a recent report by Computer Industry Almanac."

The current estimated statistics show that there are over 63 million home internet users, and with the growing importance of the Internet in everyday life, excessive use and its negative effects are growing. Research shows excessive Internet usage is associated to several growing problems; A few examples are Internet crimes against children, identity theft, and Internet Addiction Disorder.

First, According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internet is an effective and anonymous way for predators to seek out and groom children for criminal purposes such as producing and distributing child pornography, contacting and stalking children for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts, and exploiting children of sexual tourism for personal and commercial purposes. Predators consider children and young teenagers to be perfect targets for criminal acts because they are commonly trusting, naive, curious, looking for adventures, and eager for attention and affection. With so many children online, the Internet provides predators a new place to target children for criminal acts. Statistics from the "Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, states one in five children have received a sexual approach or solicitations over the internet in the past year. As a result, the best safety tool is to talk to your children, give information, and ask questions. According to, "While children need a certain amount of privacy, they also need parental involvement and supervision in their daily lives."

In addition to concerns with our children's safety, Internet users have to beware of Identity Theft. Identity theft involves the acquisition of and individual's information, which includes, but not limited to, credit card numbers, bank statements, addresses, social security number, and date of birth. For example, the F.B.I. had 1,574 pending investigations involving identity theft at the end of the Fiscal year 2004. Likewise, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that in 2003 the number of consumer victims of identity theft at9.91 individuals with losses totaling $52.6 billion. People are using their computers more and more for online banking, online investing, shopping, credit applications, and email. A great amount of personal information transmits on the internet, allowing identity thieves to adapt their skills to benefit from the Internet's growth in convenience. As a result, the F.B.I has numerous tips on how to protect your identity online; a few examples are:

a) Never give personal information, unless you initiated the contact.



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