Many social networking websites and instant-messaging programs such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube (just to name a few of the many) are taking the internet by storm. From this, the question rises as to whether or not this instant access is beneficial to the social good of teens and adults everywhere, or does it hinder the actual ability to connect on a level that's face-to-face, versus interface.
Regardless to internet being a very beneficial place for some things such as getting fast news updates and staying in touch with family and friends, it can also be seen as a distraction from real-world, real-life things. Some teens see this internet world as a disconnection from the real world, which according to teen Lauren Mullins of California thinks will terminate the things like, "walking your dog and jumping on your trampline wth your sister."
Although Lewis makes valid points on both sides of her argument, like the fact that some teenagers let the computers and video games take control of their life, I believe that the earliest opinion that the internet is a "gateway to the world" is the correct viewpoint on the technology we, the people of the 21st century, have been blessed with, and the relationships we develop online are just as legitimate as any we develop in real life.
There are certain things that I do disagree with in the article, even in the first part where she states that we are connecting on another level through technology. For example, in the introductory paragraph, when she tells about celebrities pointless tweets, I believe that is a compelete problem with technology in today's society. That's nice, Kim Kardashian. I'm glad that you're eating sushi. Cool story, Justin Bieber, I'd love to see the pictures of you walking your dog. Oh really, Jessica Simpson? You're eating Chicken of The Sea? @JessicaSimpson: it's tuna. #wasteofinternet.
Like anything that is given to teenagers in this day and age, there are going to be the few who abuse...
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