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Jerod Day Mr. Wylie English Comp I - 1301 4 October 2003 Internet Addiction Since its initial arrival in the average household, the Internet has become a very widely exercised source of communication. At any given moment, there is an endless amount of information streaming through Internet accessible computers. The chance to interact with other people is another tempting feature of the Internet. Unfortunately, with this new commodity, also comes the possibility of abuse and addiction. Internet addiction has become an exceedingly negative power in today's culture. What causes Internet Addiction? Several different causes could be to blame, but one of the most widely believed theories is that of a personality disorder. In the essay entitled "Internet Addiction", Carol Potera says that the,"lone, bored, depress, introverted, lacking self-esteem, or have a history of addictions," are most the most susceptible to this disorder. The people that fall into this category seem to be the most prone to all mental disorders. ...read more.


She also presents different solutions to this problem from several different expert sources studying this field. There are several occasions where a comparison between alcoholics or gamblers and those "addicted" to the Internet is being established. The essay is very effective because is establishes the causes, effects, and even some solutions to the problems with pathological Internet use. Potera makes a very sound case by using all the professional sources, which made it easy for me to comprehend. I do not have any objections to her argument. My only problem with the essay was the fact that she did not state her own opinion enough to make it seem that she had an interest in the subject. Without her opinion, it makes me feel that she is not confident in what she in writing about, and that she is using ideas that are not even hers. ...read more.


This reliance may be more severe in different cases, but it exists all the same. The first time the user is separated from this newfound tool is the breaking point or the complete bond in the reliance. I believe that this is where "addiction" begins. Users feel the need to fulfill this craving more like brushing their teeth every morning than smoking a cigarette. It becomes a similar to a daily routine like something they are supposed to do not have to do. Potera makes an argument that would be more likely to be found in an encyclopedia than newspaper editorial. It is based completely on fact. If I did not have a special interest in the field then, I would have most likely written this paper over a different essay. Potera presents a great argument and more than substantial amounts of factual information to back her case, but it lacks that "gleam" to catch the eye of a reader not particularly interest in that subject. This is the one and only statement that I have that is remotely negative about this essay. Day 1 ...read more.

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