BUILDING AN OUTLINE: Internet Addiction

by ACoirazza on Février 2, 2016 - 12:29am

ISSS: BUILDING AN OUTLINE                                        name: Alexie Diana Coirazza

Geneviève Aboud, E-111

a.     Topic & Type of Paper / Justification of Social Issue

The topic of this paper is Internet addiction. This paper will be analytical since it will examine why and how people become addicted to the Internet. The effects of this addiction on society and solutions to help prevent this problematic habit will be analysed.

Involving the majority of people internationally, Internet addiction is publically perceived to be a problem in society. There is a gap between social ideals (the Internet provides easy access to information, research, and forms of communication that are beneficial to society) and social reality (many abuse their access to the Internet and are addicted to it, which may negatively affect themselves and other members of society). This gap could be diminished through collective action.

Alternating between the real world and the virtual world, people can easily become addicted to the Internet, regardless of age, gender, geographic location, and socioeconomic status (Aboujaoude, 2011, p. 10). Society is ultimately effected by Internet addiction. The Internet affects individuals in numerous ways. These include developing an online identity, altering how people think and interact, establishing an illusion of knowledge, and forming personality disorders (Aboujaoude, 2011, pp. 11, 22, 68, 189; Rosen, 2012, p. 4). Moreover, stressful situations, such as bankruptcy, troubled relationships, and social phobia, can result from this addiction (Aboujaoude, 2011, p. 10, 58; Rosen, 2012, pp. 47, 170).

b.     2-3 Major areas of interest / important questions & associated social science disciplines

-       How and why are people becoming addicted to the Internet? Can the Internet affect an individual’s knowledge, success in life, and / or financial situation? (Psychology)

-       Does addiction to the Internet benefit or harm society? (Sociology)

-       Would becoming addicted to the Internet be a social issue if the Internet would not be as affordable? (Economics)


c.     Who / what groups are involved in this issue?

Anyone who has access to the Internet is prone to becoming addicted to it. This paper will focus mainly on the individual level and the effects of their addiction on others, such as their family, friends, and community.

d.     Sources:

Aboujaoude, E. (2011). Virtually you: The dangerous powers of the e-personality. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

Rosen, L. D., Cheever, N. A., & Carrier, L. M. (2012). IDisorder: Understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming its hold on us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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