What are some negative impacts of the internet?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the most important negative impacts of the media is the fact that there is, or can be, a huge amount of information about us online that can be accessed for a variety of bad reasons.

For example, there is all sorts of financial information about the typical adult on the internet.  We buy so many things and conduct so much business on the internet.  If cybercriminals manage to steal our identities, they can easily access much of this and harm us.

On a more physical and personal level, the information about us online can allow predators to contact us.  This is particularly worrisome for young teens.  Adults can pose as other teens on the internet and can lure teens into bad situations that they would never get into if it were not for the internet.

Finally, there is the problem of us willingly putting too much information about ourselves on such social media sites as Facebook.  We can get ourselves into trouble by posting pictures of ourselves doing things that are stupid or even illegal.  More and more, employers are searching our online presences to see if anything that we post implies that we might in some ways be bad workers.

These are a few of the ways in which the internet can have a negative impact on our lives.

jesseldridge | Student

One of the negative impacts of internet is that it is the flood of information having both correct and wrong information that wastes the time and money of users. As there are no regulations and standards to follow for sharing information on internet, anyone can share any type of information like real and fake, good and bad, correct and wrong and that can easily misguided the people into prohibited areas.

jesseldridge | Student

Companies face a variety of risks to their hardware and software systems. In software risk, programs, files, and the information can be theft or corrupt by hackers or viruses. So you need to some software security programs and other cyber-tools that protect your programs, files, and the information flow to and from a computer. While in hardware risk, machine and peripheral can be theft and can be damaged or affected from electronic incursion. So for the protection of the machine and peripherals you need to have hardware security.