Chances are, anyone who is reading this paper has at one time, at least surfed the net

once. Broadcasting your views, questions, and information to millions of other people.

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The Internet has so many different features. It has chatrooms, which is a great place to

meet new people. The Internet has several research sites available for school papers.

The Internet can also become very addictive if you re not careful at the time you

spend on it. The Internet has both negative and positive sides as to the effect it has on

study habits.

I personally have spent more hours then I can add up on the Internet. More then I care

to even admit. I will take you back approximately three months ago. At this time I

received a new computer at work. My first thought was what Internet provider will I

use? I chose America On line. I had a hard time setting up my account but by the third

day I was in cyber land. I was learning the ropes of the net, researching, looking at

pictures, I cannot believe the pictures on the Internet. I sent everyone I know e-mails.

I thought it was the best thing aside from cheesecake.

The Internet has been very helpful when it comes to research on different subjects.

I usually find very helpful information. I have also been lead to dead ends more then

once. I have found so many different interesting things on the net, in fact I found my

family tree, which was very surprising to run into. I have found a lot of different school

Essay sites, I will never use these as it is unfair to the people who write the papers. I have

found information on concerts and different events that are in Tampa and the surrounding

areas. If I didn t have a life I would always have the net!There are chat rooms ah yes one

of my favorite time passing activities. One boring,


dull afternoon, while I was at work still very unfamiliar with my new computer.

I started clicking around and looking in different files. Low and behold I found the chat

file. I of course made sure my boss and everyone were out of the office. Click off to

cyber chat I went. I ventured into the U.K chat area rooms called Transatlantic. It was

great everyone welcomed me and gave me a cheesy cyber hug. I meet people all over the

world and spoke to a few in the United States. I lost track of time and the next thing I

knew it was five o clock and time for me to go home. That day at work I didn t

accomplish much at all. The next few weeks became worse. I became addicted to

America On Line! What can I do? I thought to my self. I started skipping lunch, I started

saying mum instead of mom arse instead of ass. This has had a large negative effect on

my study habits. I am currently looking for a new job and hope to get one that does not

have Internet Access available to employees.

I will say I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Internet. I have limited my time

on the net to a few hours during the day. I do not log onto the Internet at home or on the

weekends. I still like to spend time in chat rooms as often as I can, I like to talk to

people from Europe now. I am traveling to Europe in July and have had a lot of people

give me advice. I am currently taking lunch at least three times a week now. I have yet to

share my addiction with anyone I know well. My advice to people who use the Internet

would be, use the net for what you need don t become one of me. Have fun but don t let

the world of cyber take you over. If you already use the net and spend more time on

the net then you do studying, you should really evaluate your situation.