At a large New York university, the dropout rate among freshman rose proportionally as their investment in computers and Internet access increased.It is clear that there is a need to protect one’s children from the distractions and corrosive elements of the net.The field is relatively new, and long-term psychological studies are inconclusive, however numerous short-term studies have yielded a wide range of results, both positive and negative.
Online dating and social networking is a billion-dollar business.
Many people are turning online to find love, romance and connections.
Limitations to Internet access, the use of filtering software and pre-filtered Internet providers, placement of computers in highly visible areas of one’s home are all good ideas.
Ultimately, restricting Internet access is a necessary but insufficient solution.
In the last three years there have been several infamous cases of abduction, rape and murder in which the victim was first approached and lured through a Chat or MUD site, instant messaging, or emails.
There are, no doubt, many more cases in which Chat, MUD, instant messaging, or email interactions led to psychologically destructive relationships.
Researchers also report that escorts and prostitutes in most major cities can now be reserved online.
There are even special sites for those seeking extramarital affairs and other, more bizarre liaisons.
We all want to do the right thing, but it’s not clear what the right thing is.” Garvey, like most people of conscience, is morally confounded by the technology that links together nearly half a billion people in a “Worldwide Web”—a global village—allowing instant, anonymous exchange of uncensored text and images.