Too much internet?

It seems that no matter what you do nowadays, there is no getting around knowledge of the computer and the internet. The widespread use of these in the last decade has made its presence inevitable even in everyday life. Practically every career choice requires proficiency of PC’s, students in higher education use the internet for research, and it is even popular with kids as young as the elementary school level.

This phenomenon is apparent in the very blogging networks that have sprung up, such as the one I’m writing in now. Everyone is wired and in the loop, whether it is on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, or blogs.

Not only does the dependence on the internet say a lot about progress, it nevertheless has potential drawbacks. First of all, it has been shown that it could negatively impact health. The most obvious issue is related to the strain it puts on eyes, resulting in long term problems with vision.

According to an article discussing the cause and effect relationship between computers and health, there are two possible sets of health hazards the computer could bring into the workplace. Office workers complain of eyestrain, headaches, and other musculoskeletal problems. In addition, the radiation hazards could include adverse effects such as miscarriage and cancer. Another concern is that coworkers nearby could be affected as well, since radiation is emitted from the backs and sides of some terminals, according to the articles.

Furthermore, in the technologically advanced world we live in, there is no use for paper anymore. There is no need to buy hard copies of books because the internet makes information available at no cost. While some publications require payment or subscriptions, a lot of newspapers, journals and books could be right at your fingertips. All you need is to stumble along the right website through the correct usage of keyterms via search engines.

E-books are also popular and have a lot of advantages to hard copy paper books, according to an article describing advantages of digital e-books. These books just maybe a beneficial alternative to text books, and could possibly replace the need of hard copies.

Well, what does this mean for the vast collections of traditional tomes full of knowledge for the taking? Are books as we know them going to cease to exist, and if so, how soon?

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there is nothing like holding an actual book in your hands, breaking the binding, flipping the crisp pages and breathing in the smell of a brand new printed creation, a true work of art. However, in the ever-changing world of today, I guess tradition and health takes a back seat to the progress of technology.


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