Perhaps beginning in 2007 is when I’ve had my first contact with the internet. It has been 8 years now. From a Samsung desktop computer to a macbook. As Science and technology have developed, so has the Internet. My first desktop computers was purchased in 2008. It was my second year in middle school, and it was a gift from my mom. As a middle school student, the computer was just for playing games occasionally to complete homework. I also had a Sony phone at that time. In that rebellious period, I would hide my cell phone in my desk when I was in some boring class that I was not interested in. I used it to chat sneakily. Not with my classmates, but with some online“friends” from different cities whom I met online. At that time, the internet was a very fascinating thing. It allows you to chat with people from all over the country without making move. Gradually, I started getting addicted to the Internet, playing games or writing adolescent blog posts rather than talking to friends or family in person. I preferred to write my thoughts on the internet freely without limitation. Many times those classmates from real life who were like strangers to me would comment on my blog. But even so, the internet was still more like a tool for me when my life was not fully occupied… Until 2011, when I came to the United States.
Even though ive been learning English since I was in kindergarten being in this country still makes me nervous because of different cultures, different traditions, different looks and different languages. I am a slow person. A little amount of time is not sufficient for me to become friends with others. So contacting my family and friends through the internet become an indispensable part in my life in the U.S. There are probably more than 10 hours everyday when my computer is opened. My phone is fully charged all the time because I would feel very lonely or awkward without it. I dont like socializing anymore. I am more interested in watching Chinese films online. Weibo (Chinese twitter) and wechat (Chinese chat app) has became a communication bridge between my family, my friends and me because I do not have a lot of local friends. I do not know if it is because I am too reliant on the internet, or I just have trouble make friends.
Recently an Australian girl named Essena O’neill is in the news because she told everyone about her real life behind the internet. In order to be able to post a perfect photo on the Internet, she was at the expense of several hours of putting on makeup just so she can be able to take a seeming perfect photo. Some photos may seem relaxing, but no one knows it was on purpose. Until recently she decided to quit social media because she realized it is not reality.
I am able to see my own shadow in her experience. Although I am not a famous Instagram user, I often take pictures and Photoshop them just to post on the Internet for a few likes. I am seemingly happy every day, but the fact is that real life is a lot of pressure. There is a saying in china that goes“my phone eats before me”. It describes those people who likes to take pictures of food before they eat it. The internet has gradually gotten us used to the virtual world through playing games, socializing, watching movies or studying. Who ever thinks of what the consequences are of problematic internet use?
“We may stop ‘needing’ or craving real social interactions because they may become foreign to us,” Aboujaoude explains.
Kim, M. (2015, February 18). The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/the-good-and-the-bad-of-escaping-to-virtual-reality/385134/
I’m thinking about focussing on how problematic internet use in the virtual world has a negative impact in reality and calling on people to care more about the reality and less about the internet. That’s why i chose this sentence because I think this sentence is the worst case scenario for using technology to remove us from reality.
“Reality is boring media are magnetic.”
citation: GOZZI JR., R. (2013). REALITY IS BORING. MEDIA ARE MAGNETIC. ETC: A Review Of General Semantics, 70(3), 288-289. Retrieved from http://web.b.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=ad6dbf33-51b0-40b8-8d19-a931efa8b925%40sessionmgr112&vid=1&hid=123
This is another key idea i was thinking about because magnetic media is why we are attracted to it. it cause problematic internet use. this sentence gives an overall conclusion and reason why we are obsessed with internet.
I think i will include both key idea in my final paper.