What Is the Effect of the Internet on Youth?

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The effect of the Internet on youth is fewer real world experiences, potentially lower grades and reduced sleeping hours. As youth use the Internet more frequently, some are developing an addiction. However, it is almost impossible to avoid the Internet nowadays, as it is a major form of modern communication.

The Internet has opened a whole new world of possibilities for youth, as it is a major source of information. Most youth can limit Internet use to only the necessary minimum, yet others struggle to maintain a balance in life. Youth who are addicted to the Internet often have limited face-to-face communication. Also, for those still in school, the Internet can be a distraction from homework. Finally, too much Internet use can result in limited and disruptive sleeping patterns.