BUILDING AN OUTLINE: Internet Addiction

by ACoirazza on February 2, 2016 - 12:29am

ISSS: BUILDING AN OUTLINE                                        name: Alexie Diana Coirazza

Geneviève Aboud, E-111

a.     Topic & Type of Paper / Justification of Social Issue

The topic of this paper is Internet addiction. This paper will be analytical since it will examine why and how people become addicted to the Internet. The effects of this addiction on society and solutions to help prevent this problematic habit will be analysed.

Involving the majority of people internationally, Internet addiction is publically perceived to be a problem in society. There is a gap between social ideals (the Internet provides easy access to information, research, and forms of communication that are beneficial to society) and social reality (many abuse their access to the Internet and are addicted to it, which may negatively affect themselves and other members of society). This gap could be diminished through collective action.

Alternating between the real world and the virtual world, people can easily become addicted to the Internet, regardless of age, gender, geographic location, and socioeconomic status (Aboujaoude, 2011, p. 10). Society is ultimately effected by Internet addiction. The Internet affects individuals in numerous ways. These include developing an online identity, altering how people think and interact, establishing an illusion of knowledge, and forming personality disorders (Aboujaoude, 2011, pp. 11, 22, 68, 189; Rosen, 2012, p. 4). Moreover, stressful situations, such as bankruptcy, troubled relationships, and social phobia, can result from this addiction (Aboujaoude, 2011, p. 10, 58; Rosen, 2012, pp. 47, 170).

b.     2-3 Major areas of interest / important questions & associated social science disciplines

-       How and why are people becoming addicted to the Internet? Can the Internet affect an individual’s knowledge, success in life, and / or financial situation? (Psychology)

-       Does addiction to the Internet benefit or harm society? (Sociology)

-       Would becoming addicted to the Internet be a social issue if the Internet would not be as affordable? (Economics)


c.     Who / what groups are involved in this issue?

Anyone who has access to the Internet is prone to becoming addicted to it. This paper will focus mainly on the individual level and the effects of their addiction on others, such as their family, friends, and community.

d.     Sources:

Aboujaoude, E. (2011). Virtually you: The dangerous powers of the e-personality. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

Rosen, L. D., Cheever, N. A., & Carrier, L. M. (2012). IDisorder: Understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming its hold on us. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Great topic choice! You have included some very interesting ideas, such as how Internet addiction can lead to an illusion of knowledge and individuals forming personality disorders. Also, examining economically whether or not the Internet's affordability is playing a role in Internet addiction is a great area of interest to focus on in your paper; it provides an interesting angle to this social issue.
Perhaps you can narrow your social issue down to a specific geographical location in order to concentrate on the causes, effects, and solutions of Internet addiction in that particular area. As well, maybe you could mention in your paper how one of the consequences of individuals who are addicted to the Internet is that they may use it as a way to bully others online. Even more so, in some cases, individuals may become addicted to the Internet in order to access child pornography.
Once again, great topic and very interesting ideas to incorporate in your paper!

HI ACoirazza,
I think that you are on a great start, i personally find that it was a good topic choice. The points raised are interesting, it touches every generation, especially in 2016., What stood out for me in your outline was the : we tend to forget the purpose of technology. On all reserve, if you want to incorporate a specific case of a virtual life (about social media) that has affected a young adult there is Essena O'neil which might be interesting. You could also add that social media are huge influence to destroy self-esteem or even they pay people who become “internet famous". Intagram or youtube…
The structure seem to be well organised and you seem very confident with your topic, you’re on a good track!

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