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Persuasive Essay

Professor Karakas

December 7, 2017



                                                         How Much Is Too Much


What is the biggest opportunity the world has
had for 10 years? Most people will agree the use of the internet is one of the
biggest opportunities we all have. On the other hand, there are negative
effects for internet usage in these modern generations, specifically with teens
and children have come to a point where, many internet users have
communication, academic, and physiological problems. A high number of children
waste long hours on the internet rather than waste time in communicating with
friends and family member. Children should stop using all their time on
electronic devices for the following three reasons:  it leaves children with low social skills, it
causes weak relationships between children and their parents, and there is in
risk of internet addiction.

Internet long hours usage leaves children
with low social skills, regardless of the information they gain from
researching for long hours. In other words, it is never an acceptable thing
from a social point of view for a child to waste so many hours on the internet.
Children stop communicating with their classmates and friends in real life. Due
to that, they spend most of their time on the internet and do not communicate.
As a result of this, children have low social skills and they cannot express
their feelings to others. Therefore, they start to feel lonely. A child that
spends most of the time with an electronic device, and not have the time to
express or talk to a human being get lonely as time passes. They do not know
the feeling or how they can get in reach with another person and express or
talk to them. For this final reason, children get socially withdrawn with their
electronic devices. Electronic devices acquire to have more control over our
children’s actions than everything else. Children can be very anxious. When
technology is taken out from them, their behavior changes. This is when parents
have to start realizing how a big problem it is becoming. As stated by a
parent  Sue Scheff, “Children need to
know that Internet addiction and reliance on online forums will only stunt
social growth and make life much more difficult in the future” (Scheff).

The internet causes weak relationships
between children and their parents. As a consequence of children spending all
their time on the internet, they don’t get to spend family time together
because they’re always busy with their devices. This results in children
communicating less with their parents. Children get distant with their private
life, and they do not want to discuss what they are doing on electronic devices
with family members. They get private and distant with their life due to the
weak communication, which brings up a bigger problem of children using the
internet in a bad way. According to an article on parents, “The long-standing
assumption that parents assert a direct and powerful influence on their
children through the process of socialization has permeated research and theory
on human development as well as most cultural belief systems”
(“Parenting”). As a matter of fact, if children turn out well, it is
to the parents’ credit; if they turn out badly, it is the parents’ fault. While
children get distant from their parents, accordingly this makes parents arguing
and fighting all the time. Children are wasting most of their time over the
internet. Parents less connection with their children means that families
aren’t able to structure a strong communication as strong as they could be nor
are they able to maintain them as well. As a result, children will feel less
intimacy, happiness, trust, bond, and, most importantly, love from their

            Children wasting all their time on
the internet are in a “big risk” of internet addiction. As has been noted, internet
addiction is as dangerous as any other kind of addiction. For example, they are
always a risk of depression if they do not have access to their devices because
they get used to their devices as if it is a friend or another human, and that
is all they think they can do to fulfill their time. At some point, they get
into a certain time where they think they cannot live without their electronic
devices. According to an article “Social Media Explosion,” “the allure of
socializing online has created a nation of mobile-device obsessives, many of
whom can go barely 10 minutes without checking their smartphones for Twitter or
Facebook messages. But the long-term consequences of this behavior are
difficult to determine” (Clemmitt). Moreover, the internet can cause children
to be isolated from real life experiences, which at the end destroy their life.
Children get very distracted by using the internet, and they do not study, they
do not listen in the classrooms because they are wondering about Facebook or
text messages. This results in children failing in real life thinking social
media will make them successful. In addition, the internet causes aggressive behavior
in children because they are full emotionally connected with their own life on
electronic devices. They want to stay in the bubble on their phone with all the
artificial people. Due to internet addiction children starts to get aggressive
because of the things they watch on the internet changes their attitude. This
is what they spend most of their time on, so they copy what they see, and just
learn the same aggressive attitude or behavior of what they watch.


            There are parents who feel that electronic devices
expand their children’s minds and imagination. On the other hand, this is
clearly not enough reason for parents to leave their children to waste all
their time on the internet. Parents should never sacrifice their child’s health,
social skills, and their relationships with people just for expanding their children
minds and imagination, especially when there are so many ways to expand a child’s
mind without the use of the internet.


In conclusion, the Internet
has a huge negative impact on children’s life by leaving children with low
social skills, by causing weak relationships between children and their
parents, and by having a big risk of children to be internet- addicted.
Families leaving children to waste all their time on the internet is a major
problem for any family that does not know how badly effective ‘too much’
internet can be at some point in your child’s life. Parents have to start
supervising and controlling “how much is too much” for their children.









Works Cited

Clemmitt, Marcia. “Social Media Explosion.” CQ
Researcher, 25 Jan. 2013, pp. 81-104,

“Parenting.” Britannica Academic,
Encyclopædia Britannica, 31 Jan. 2017. Accessed 6 Dec. 2017.

Scheff, Sue. “Social Networking Sites Can Limit Interpersonal
Skills and Physical Activity.” Are Social Networking Sites
Harmful?, edited by Stefan Kiesbye, Greenhaven Press, 2011. At Issue. Opposing
Viewpoints in Context,
Accessed 6 Dec. 2017. Originally published as “Wrapped Up In the Web: The
Dangers of Teen Internet Addiction,”, 2007.