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The Internet has received a great deal of attention recently as consumers analysts and even government officials see it as the coming way that Americans will not only do business but also shop communicate and receive entertainment From a small geographically dispersed group of users only a decade ago the Internet has added millions of users in the past years Internet users remain geographically dispersed but their ranks are no longer limited to government employees or scholars Like companies or organizations which experience such rapid growth the growth of the Internet has not been without its difficulties However the Internet is not the creation of any one company or organization but rather incorporates many different offerings from a broad variety of companies groups and individuals This paper will examine the Internet and focuses on the negative aspects of the Internet on both an individual and societal level including increased isolation of individuals and increased economic costs to society Included also is an evaluation of the supposed benefits of the Internet and whether those are benefits to society or whether these benefits may actually withhold negative effectsThe Internet encompasses the World Wide Web Web file transfer protocol sites FTPs newsgroups electronic bulletin boards and gopher sites often used for government sites and one of the first widely used ways of accessing the Internet Stoll 43 Taken as a whole the Internet demonstrates the interconnectivity of computers information services and electronic mail services From a single computer terminal or personal computer individuals on the information superhighway are able to connect to a variety of other electronic resources for entertainment information or to conduct business most of these connections take place over telephone lines Allen 1 Today most users do not consider connectivity costs which once prohibited heavy use of the Internet such costs are typically instigated by companies or subsidized by the government through educational institutions Stoll 19 Even in those situations where individuals pay for connecting
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