What are the disadvantages of the Internet?

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Although the Internet is one of man's greatest creations, it also has many disadvantages. Below is a list of many of the disadvantages of the Internet.

Bullying, trolls, stalkers, and crime

TrollAnyone who has spent time on the Internet has encountered trolls or abusive people. With the highly-social nature of the modern Internet, the instances of cyberbullying are sadly not uncommon.

With people sharing information on the Internet, it's also easier for stalkers to find personal information about someone or use online services to help them find information about someone.

Hidden places on the Internet and the deep web can also be a place for criminals to conduct business without as much fear of being caught. A global audience also gives criminals more ways to solicit their goods.

Exploitation and pornography and violent images

With the speed and ease of communicating on the Internet, it also makes it much easier for those who prey on others to find people to exploit. It also makes it much easier for someone to pretend they are someone else, the opposite sex, or younger than they are to find others to exploit.

The Internet is also full of sites that contain adult material that can be easily accessed by minors or accidentally viewed by those who don't want to see that type of material.

Addiction, time waster, and causes distractions

The Internet and games played on the Internet can become very addictive and are often designed to be addictive. With how addictive games can be and how much entertainment is on the Internet, it is easy to spend a lot of time on the Internet without doing anything productive. It is also very easy to be doing something productive and then be distracted by something else that ends up consuming all of your time.

Never being able to disconnect

log offThe Internet is perfect for giving everyone the ability to work from anywhere. However, that also means that it may be expected that you are available to work, even if you are not supposed to be working.

For example, you may be at home and get a notification that an important work-related e-mail has been received and end up working on that e-mail without getting paid.

Identity theft, hacking, viruses, and cheating

With access to billions of computers, it makes it easier for computer hackers and malicious users to hack accounts and steal personal information that could be used for identity theft. The Internet also connects all computers to each other, which makes it easier for hackers to scan millions of computers and quickly identify what computers are vulnerable to attack.

The Internet also makes it much easier for students to cheat on their studies or find others on the Internet to write reports for them or do their homework.

Spam and advertising

It's great that the Internet can be an easy way to reach a much wider audience than traditional advertising methods (e.g., Newspaper, TV, and Radio). However, because it is so easy and cheap, it can mean that you will see more advertising and get more spam in your e-mail Inbox than you may in real life.

Affects focus and patience

The sites we use on the Internet every day have an "instant gratification" effect. They also present an infinite menu of things to think about and experience at any moment, on demand. Getting information this way rewards fast-paced thinking that shifts focus quickly, which affects your interactions in general, making you more impatient and less focused in your activities. Try to balance this natural effect with time away from social media and focused on creative, responsible activities like exercise or cleaning.

Depression, loneliness, and social isolation

Social networking sites can also lead to depression with many people when all you see is the best of all your friend's lives you may start to wonder why your life is not as good as theirs.

The Internet and online games make it easier to communicate with others, and although you may find new connections around the world, it's easy to disconnect from those in your real life.

Health issues and obesity

Carpal Tunnel wrist braceAs with watching too much TV, spending too much time on the computer surfing the Internet or playing games can also lead to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle.

A computer also requires a lot of repetitive movement that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, moving your hand from your keyboard to a mouse and typing are all repetitive actions, which can cause injuries. Taking breaks, keeping the proper posture, and understanding computer ergonomics can all help prevent or delay these injuries.

Buying things not needed

The Internet makes it easy to buy things, causing you to buy things without putting much thought into if you need what you are buying. Also, for some people, buying items on the Internet can become so addictive that it can cause serious debt.