Research reveals that the use of internet by social media lovers, especially from among the younger generation, has gone up over the years and thus giving rise to some kind of disadvantages. Therefore, naturally, educators and parents are worried and need to find a way to not dismiss it completely, but at least propose some measures to shield the younger generation from this growing menace.

A major disadvantage of the internet, which parents usually complain about is that their children are using it for longer hours and are almost addicted to it. Digital eye strain forces young children to start wearing glasses at a very early age.

According to a study by the University of Leeds, UK, using the internet for prolonged hours causes stress for youngsters and gives rise to mental disorders like addiction and depression, thus affecting their concentration and memory, as well as their ability to make independent decisions and set goals. It could also reduce their resilience and lead to inappropriate behaviour.

Excessive and inept use of the internet is increasing day by day and that is why proper attention must be paid to its side effects and its users must be informed about all these factors. Seminars, workshops, academic conferences and parent-pupil meetings need to be organised from time to time to discuss and highlight the disadvantages of the excessive use of the internet.

Everything has both good and bad aspects; it is we, who must choose which side to follow. So, we must choose wisely and make the internet a beneficial tool and companion. Man has made technology and its use is in our hands. Don’t let it become our master. Do not let the disadvantages of the internet overshadow its benefits.

shiben rainaDr. Shiben Krishen Raina
Currently in Ajman (UAE)
Member, Hindi Salahkar Samiti,
Ministry of Law & Justice (Govt. of India)
Senior Fellow, Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India)

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