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two boys who committed this gruesome act had been sharing their plans over the Internet with others, plans that included how-to messages for creating explosives. Other messages they sent contained life-threatening comments directed at fellow peers of their class whom they did not like. These types of usage on the Internet are what have created a new era of criminals. Ten years ago, there where not any Internet crimes, people didn t even know what that term meant. Yet in today s society the impact of the Internet can be seen on a daily basis in newspapers, magazines and media. Internet crimes range from computer fraud to murder. Authorities have had to learn to deal with this new criminal element. The main concern with the Internet is that there is no real agency or group vested

to control it s content, therefore allowing the user to be completely free as to what they read, or supply on the Internet itself. In addition to the more severe disadvantages to the use of the Internet, the Internet has also created Internet junkies, people whom spend extended periods of time on-line. In a study conducted by Viktor Brenner of the University of Buffalo, Viktor attempts to define the terms of Internet addiction, as well as devise statistics to appoint to this new phenomenon. There are people whom are logged on the Internet all day, if not all night, losing sleep, causing disturbances in family life, and losing touch with other real people around them due to their addiction to the Internet. Although Viktor s study was not completed, he stated that many are addicted

to chat rooms, porn sites and web surfing in general. It would be interesting to see the end conclusions to this study, because being an Internet user I could see how many people could become addicted to the Internet. The information highway has very few boundaries; Internet addiction is definitely a possibility.In analyzing the Internet and its disadvantages, one can clearly see that it s advantages far out weigh it s disadvantages. The Internet is also responsible for many great accomplishments as well. It has provided the world with a 24-hour department store, endless entertainment and improved channels of communication as mentioned earlier. The Internet has made people in some cases millions of dollars, through the use of electronic trading of stocks and other securities. Not

to mention that it has provided Internet Service Providers such as America On-line, Netscape and Bill Gates (Microsoft) each with their own small fortune. The Internet allows users to place orders for purchases, research products and sell products with the simple touch of their mouse. Aside from the things it has to offer in the retail and finance industries, the Internet has given people one of the greatest advantages of all, that is increased communication, at a very low cost. You can log-on and speak to friends and relatives around the world, even meet new friends in places you never heard of. In addition this has allowed increased communication for businesses to use as well. As identified in an Internet related article, businesses are now using the Internet to communicate

instead of the phone. The cost endured by the Internet is far lower than the costs of the use of phones, faxes and mail. The simple reduction in paper use alone would save companies thousands each year. If you can send e-mail, why pay postage, if you can scan a document why pay fax charges, and if you can videoconference why pay for a phone call? Businesses have learned to use the Internet as a tool, a very valuable tool indeed. The cost of Internet services for the average user is about $20 per month, there is no way anyone could beat this price if they used the fax to send messages, or mail a memo each time they just needed to say hello to a friend. As the Internet continues to grow and evolve so will we as users, developing into whatever the Internet shapes us to be. The

complete impact of the Internet is difficult to asses, because it is still changing, but In fact, one of the things that may be lost in the unending stories about the Internet, Internet companies and Internet [users] is that this really is a revolution – but like most truly major changes, it is a revolution measured in decades, not weeks and months, and no one, including the most direct participants, really knows how it will change our lives (Burns) BIBLIOGRAPHY PAGE 1. Discovering Computer 98; A Link to the Future. Shelly, B. Gary, Cashman, J. Thomas, Waggoner, A. Gloria, Waggoner, C. William. Shelly Cashman series 1998, (page 7.3).2. Internet is a revolution for the ’90s . The Dallas Morning News, Copyright & copy 1996 The Dallas Morning News All Rights Reserved,