Social and Ethical implications of the internetSocial and Ethical Implications with regard to the internet
According to FREAKONOMICS, the internet's social media elements have awakened us to the extent of our social networks. Though some sources suggest that our friendships have become more shallow and virtual in the internet age - and some studies claim that loneliness has been on the rise during the decades of the information age - we may be transitioning to a social platform in the internet which pushes us to redefine our affiliations. This challenge may take on negative forms at first, but could certainly end up generating new ways to be socially happy, socially satisfied, and socially successful.
The Internet has certainly changed how we interact socially with one another. For many of us, we grew up talking to our friends on the phone or hanging out with them in person. Now it seems that many are content to hang out with friends online. Many of us keep in touch through social media now instead of through the telephone. We send evites instead of paper invitations in the mail. I think the Internet is truly changing how we interact with one another in many aspects of our lives.
Certainly we are, as post four observes, probably too close to the changes generated by the information revolution to really assess its impact, and fears that it is making our relationships more shallow and superficial could well be alarmist. Whatever happens, we have to adjust, and I think there are tradeoffs- I now talk daily with old friends I would never have heard from again without the internet. So the possibilities for making us socially satisfied are certainly there.
You could say that the internet's major social implication is that it makes some kinds of crime much more possible. The internet is a really good way to engage in identity theft. It is also useful for some sexual predators. This is certainly an important social implication of widespread internet use.