Very often we hear the term internet addiction, mainly because a great deal of young and even middle-aged people spend hours simply browsing the web. Truth be told it would be fair telling someone they are addicted to the internet if their job demands they are online at all times. Furthermore, the accusation is thrown lightly simply because someone spends a lot of time online. Nowadays we read, watch TV, and communicate using the internet, which is all of the things we would do, even if the internet never came into existence, right? Well, yes and no. We cannot dispute the fact that the internet has an impact on our lives and habits, but we can surely discuss and try to ascertain how much our lives are affected.
Sites want you to be online
It wasn’t always the case but right now the goal of many online platforms is to have as many users as possible online, actively browsing the content there. So, we receive notifications all day just to log in and check what’s going on.
The more users you have the more profit you can achieve from ads.
Of course, nobody forces you to actually visit the site, but this form of subtle pressure is effective and unfortunately, we are prone to distractions so very often we take a look.
One of the industries that truly thrives in the digital environment is online betting or gambling.
Today, sports betting is way more accessible compared to a time when online betting did not exist. Of course, a large number of users are simply doing it for fun and not constantly spending their money, but as we all know gambling addiction is very real. So, people who have a hard time restraining themselves are now more vulnerable as they can easily access a platform and seriously endanger their financial well being.
Luckily, there are regulations in place that obligate these online casinos to check up on the users and ensure they are using the platform responsibly. Still, this is a good example of how the internet can have a serious impact on one’s habits, as it makes these things more accessible. On top of that, all of those online casinos are heavily advertised on some sites, so it’s easy for users to get caught up in that campaign.
The online experience has definitely shaped our expectations in terms of service efficiency. Shopping, getting food, meeting new people, learning new information all comes at a push of a button. So, it’s natural that a lot of young people are often impatient. They are used to a world where things don’t take too long, and you are serviced within minutes. Even Amazon has made its commitment to have a delivery fulfilled within a day, and this is definitely a move to meet customers’ expectations. So in this sense, the internet does shape how we behave to an extent, and it’s easy to see why a lot of us have that instant gratification mindset.