The internet is an interesting phenomenon. For the first time ever we have access to massive amounts of information at the touch of a finger or the click of a button. Of course, with this influx of media, there must be a drawback, right? It can’t all be good, can it?
According to blogger and social media expert, Ann Smarty, there are definitely drawbacks to the immediate access individuals have to tons of media. She mentioned specifically how communication skills, face-to-face communication that is, are falling to the wayside. Additionally, people have become highly dependent on the quick access of their electronics, constantly googling (yes, it is now a verb) the answers to questions or checking for updates on their Facebook pages. However, while there are significant consequences to 24/7 media, there are definitive advantages that, in Smarty’s eyes, make it all worthwhile. (read Smarty’s article here)
However, in special article released by CNN, Chelsea Clinton and James Steyer aren’t so convinced. By the age of 2, “more than 90% of American children have an online history.” Also, by the age of 5 years old, “more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device.” Studies are finding that this is not doing children any favors. Their increased exposure to fast-action games and highly stimulating experiences is causing a decrease in long-term memory, shorter attention spans, poor focus, and the list goes on and on (read the CNN article here)
There are many different views on the effects and consequences of internet media on our culture. However, no matter the costs, I don’t believe that it is going anywhere any time soon. It is, however, important for us to recognize these flaws and take measures to prevent against the unwanted consequences.