Internet Spark Notes

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Introduction The advent of Internet communication technology is in and of
itself, a positive move toward overall global advancement, but the costly
social impact is what concerns Lebanese families and sociologists alike. This
fear is further amplified by the anticipated social disintegration that may result.
The positive aspects of the Internet: As a result of the Internet there is almost
nothing that cannot be accomplished from the comfort of one's own home;
grocery shopping, buying merchandise, paying bill, researching for term
papers and even striking up relationships with people half way across the
world. Communication, which once consisted of putting pen to paper, has
now been reduced to a few key strokes and a click of a mouse; indeed,
people are able to correspond via E-mail faster and easier than traditional
mail services could ever hope to offer. The positive aspects of the Internet
are immeasurable and go without saying; this paper's focus is on the negative
effects of the Internet. The social impact: A. Alienation: Alienation from
institutions such as the family, education and places of work may result from
the following factors: Lack of face-to-face socialisation is turning into a
considerable problem for those who have locked themselves inside the
anonymity of their computers. Indeed studies have shown the tendency for
people to become significantly stressed, depressed and lonely with each hour
spent in the obscure world of Internet chatting. Because there is proof to
substantiate the claim that the longer people spend chatting on the Internet the
less sociable they become, a considerable amount of further research must be
done to determine the extent of damage this has on society. It is clear that
even though Internet chat rooms provide much the same interactive approach
to socialisation, the social implication is that it gravely lacks the in-person
connection required in order for people to develop acceptable social skills.
This will also affect negatively the way young teenagers socialise with family
members, friends and strangers in society. The reason of this concern is the
closely-knit society that we live in; Arab society dictates strong interpersonal
relationships whether be it with family members or friends. So as we can see,
lack of face to face interaction will result in a fair amount of stress on the
fragile Lebanese society, which a large part of it is based on an emotional
relationship with each other, and as Patai wrote "the Arab nation as an Arab
family". B. Loss of own culture: In a critical time where social integration is
high on the agenda in post war Lebanon, the Lebanese society is finding itself
competing not only with the existing forces of disintegration, but also with a
new unanticipated one. The Internet introduces an invasion of western
cultures into the homes of unsuspecting parents, which may lead to a loss of
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