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electronic transaction. All of this ability has made conducting personal business convenient and easy, and enables everyone to complete many tasks that previously would take weeks. With the increasing popularity of people shopping and purchasing goods online, the Internet has created ?new ways of doing business? (Maney 4). Realizing the potential of the Internet, many companies have started to advertise their products and services on-line. By marketing their products and services on-line, companies are able to constantly update the site’s product catalog and inform buyers of any changes. Companies, especially new ones, can now allow themselves to be made known to the consumers through advertising over the Internet. Furthermore, there is lesser overhead cost involved, as sales

persons and order takers are no longer required. In addition, the Internet has also enabled low budget organizations to reach interested parties across the country or the world. All of these lower costs have resulted in lower costs for the consumer. Many on-line shoppers can find good deals and low prices for desired goods, leading to even more and more on-line business.However, these reduced costs and benefits for the consumer have had adverse effects on some businesses that have been around for many years. Those business which typically are service or data oriented have seen a sharp decline in sales. For example, car dealerships compete with on-line business because some customers prefer finding a vehicle on-line instead of dealing with a nagging car salesman. Car dealerships

are not the only ones threatened by the convenience of the Internet. Postal services and phone companies also face new competition from Internet applications such as email and voice chat.Although the Internet may have some great and significant impact on our lives and the way business is done, there are considerable consequences and drawbacks. Because of the Internet, a new social disorder has been created known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). IAD occurs when a computer dominates rather than serves a person, and when people develop ?unhealthy dependencies on the Internet use? (Gard 3). Psychologists have found that there has been a raise in the number of people who ?find the virtual reality on computer screens more attractive than everyday reality? (Gard 3). These addicts

perceive that surfing the web is more important than doing any other task. They cannot control the amount of time spent on the computer. For these addicts, the Internet serves as an outlet to escape from reality, relieving their feelings of distress (Gard 3). These addicts often feel anxious and uneasy when not on-line, and crave the Internet connection. As a result of such an addiction, Internet addicts tend to neglect their family, friends and work. Ironically, numerous on-line support groups have since been set up to offer advice to people with such a disorder. Apart from Internet addiction, personal privacy is jeopardized and ?doesn?t exist on the Internet? (Gard 2). Being a web surfer myself, I have had to provide my name, email account, interests, and even telephone number

during several occasions in order to access a particular web site. In doing this, unscrupulous Internet businesses steal or misuse personal information given to them to ?personalize features on their sites to make them more appealing? (Gard 2). They also release information about their customers to their advertisers. These companies use this information to invade one?s personal time with phone calls and newsletters trying to offer their services. Furthermore, the Internet has made it easier than ever before for people to share and sell data, so that ?anyone who?s willing to pay can get Social Security numbers and driving records? (Gard 2). Likewise, a person having your credit card number and its expiration date can now purchase goods online. From the above examples, it can be

seen that there is little, if any, privacy left to be found when dealing with the Internet. The Internet has also given criminals a new media to exploit. While there are many types of Internet criminal activity, child pornography has quickly become a critical issue for the Internet. There has been a widespread increase in the distribution of illegal child pornography on the Internet; child pornographers misuse the Internet to exploit sexually abused and molested children throughout the world. By means of the Internet, sexually explicit material of children has been illegally transmitted and sold.Despite these abhorrent activities, the Internet provides each of us with extraordinary new possibilities every day. With the number of people using the Internet growing exponentially, it