10 ways the Internet destroys you

Email, social networking, online stores, audio / video / photo sharing, cat videos, puppies, piglets, online games (porn ...) etc. We can not deny that the Internet has given us some extraordinary things. But all these "wonders" online have a cost, namely the destruction of the mind, health and social life. Although the Internet is an indispensable element to modern life, it has the potential to make us very pitiful, very nervous or even dead.

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10. Email causes addiction (just like gambling)
The e-mail service (email, e-mail, mail) is one of the most useful tools made available by the Internet. This is a perfect substitute for traditional letters and, besides saving millions of trees, is an effective and fast form of communication.

The bad part is that the email goes on the idea of ​​a "variable interval reinforcement schedule," which is the same process that adds to gambling addiction. In both cases, the individual performs an action (check the email or introduces a coin in the electronic game) hoping to receive a reward (an interesting email or a lot of money). But the reward comes unexpectedly, which causes the individual to repeat the first action more and more often. Almost anyone who has a computer and an Internet connection has been subjected to this addiction, more or less.

9. Facebook makes you miserable
Facebook is an annoyance that dies, it's the site we all played at first and kneeling us for years, and, according to science, our Facebook makes miserable.
A group of American and Belgian researchers conducted a two-week study while monitoring Facebook users, analyzing their mood while they were logged on to the social network. The researchers found that frequent users showed a very low life satisfaction, both at the end of the two weeks and after each visit of the site. In other words, a single visit to Facebook was the equivalent of looking at a puppy being hit for four hours. But bad news does not stop here. Another German investigation found that the main emotion felt by young people using Facebook is envy. The theory says most of us swell in the feathers, exaggerate the achievements and happiness on our personal profile, but we do not realize that in fact, everybody does that.

8. "Twitter Anger"
Think about it, which was the last tweet that caused you a strong emotion? There is a great chance that that emotion is a nervous reaction: something about Rosia Montana, community dogs, abortion policy, etc. According to the researchers, social media is mainly based on anger!
Chinese researchers have studied over 70 million posts (!) On Sina Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) to see how different emotions spread across the social network. They have discovered that anger far outweighs other positive emotions. The chances of a positive post being repost by someone else are very low. Of course, this study was done only for the Chinese, but if we take a quick look at the trends on Twitter, we will see that anger dominates here as well. In short, social media makes us increasingly unhappy and increasingly nervous. But that's not all.

7. Facebook makes you racist
We all know that the Internet is a place where racism is like home. Whoever wishes to contradict me, is free to look for racist comments on Youtube or Facebook for one hour and will convince himself.

A recent study by psychologists Shannon Rauch and Kimberley Shanz on a sample of 623 people analyzed the link between social media and racism. The two psychologists have recorded a fake Facebook account under the name of Jack Brown, and then asked the participants in the study to declare their position on his statements. The first allegation claimed that whites are superior to blacks, second that whites are victimized by society, and the last one referred to equality between whites and blacks. Surprisingly (or not), Facebook's frequent users have argued that whites are superior to blacks, the most racist of the three.

6. It can make us more stupid
In 2009, the journal "Science" published several studies on the effects of new media and social media on our cognitive abilities. According to these studies, the Internet can sharpen our vision, but it affects other abilities such as critical thinking, problem solving, imagination, distributive attention or even memory. In other words, we could become better in some respects, but we become less ... good in others, which could be more important than the first ones. Critical thinking, memory, or imagination are more important than having a super-sharp look.

5. We "rewrite" the brain
It is almost clear that the Internet changes the way we think or do things, but can it go so far as to brainwash? In 2011, a study indicates that it could do that.

The researchers scanned the brains of 125 students in London and discovered a direct link between the number of Facebook friends and the amount of gray matter in certain areas of the brain. These areas play an important role in the process of memory, social interaction or even autism. Even so, this study can not tell us whether social media brainwash ourselves or those people with different brain structures are simply more socially attracted to Facebook.

4. Allows companies to influence us
 "Astroturfing" is a common phenomenon on the Internet. The big companies promote thousands of local or national "personalities" to "inject" advertising banners with a certain opinion or idea that they want to implement in collective memory. This technique is used by anyone, from tobacco companies to the US Air Force.
A Canadian study was conducted on 278 students. They were asked a questionnaire on climate change and their view of this phenomenon. Then they were randomly assigned to access a real science page and a "astroturf" site, designed to discredit the idea of ​​climate change. Researchers have found that students who have visited false pages have become increasingly unsure that climate change exists, even if some suspected that the sites provide erroneous information. These results are worrying because, in reality, this is happening very often and companies are gaining influence on the public.

3. Spread extremism
Social media is one of the best recruiting and promotion methods used by extremists. In 2011, the British government said that "social media has transformed how terrorist organizations and their sympathizers can radicalize people." A year later, the BBC investigated the strategy used by Al-Quaeda on Twitter (yes, the terrorists have Twitter) and found it very sophisticated. They created accounts with the names of wanted terrorists, some accounts with thousands of subscribers, thus addressing a larger audience and exerting an influence. But the Islamist extremists are not the only ones to take advantage of social media, Norwegian terrorist Anders Breiwik being a "delighted" of promoting right-wing exremism.

2. Causes greater dependence than heroin
Internet Use Disorder is not yet an official medical disorder, but those who suffer from this syndrome are addicted to the Internet. In the first phase Internet addiction could sound funny, but this is as real as possible. Those who suffer from this affection show withdrawal, nervousness or even depression when they do not have access to the Internet. Specialists say that there is an almost idendic process in the brains of these people with the one experienced by cocaine and heroin addicts.

1. Social media can destroy empathy
There are many studies suggesting that young people today are far less empathetic than 30 years ago, more precisely 40% less. Nowadays, young people are increasingly ignorant, not interested in people around them, and the ability to perceive the thoughts, emotions or motivations of others is increasingly degraded. Nobody knows exactly why this is happening, some people blame society, others think people are becoming more selfish, but more and more blame social media.

Think a little: We all watch movies on the net with people who are injured or humiliated (or both) then share them with friends. We all laugh at people fooling on television, scared people or overweight people filmed in the food district. Are these proofs of empathy? Scientists suggest that social media would be at the heart of this social problem by slowing our ability to respond by compassion.
Studies on this subject are still inconclusive, but they make us think. If only a decade of social media has done that, what will happen in the future? According to this top, the Internet will be full of miserable, idiot and frustrated people who will promote non-values ​​and sadly laugh at the misfortunes of others.

The irony of fate makes this article also posted on the Internet. But do not forget, take the good parts of this cyberspace, use technology and do not let it use you!

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