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What impact does the internet leave upon society and adolescents who use it? People believe spending time online is either beneficial or harmful to our young generation. Brent Staples, the author of the article “What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace”, believes the internet is a bad thing. On the other hand, Janna M. Smith, who wrote “Online but Not Antisocial”, disagrees and states the internet is a positive aspect for society. Although, the authors discuss the internet and its effects, both have different views and opinions on it.
Teens that use the internet daily are believed to have bad social skills. When it comes to interacting with other people, adolescents have lost touch with real life conversations with adults and the author blames the Net. According to Brent Staples claims, “Teenagers nowadays are both more connected to the world at large than ever, and more cut off from the social encounters that have historically prepared young people for the move to adulthood” (296). In other words, Staples states that teens are not well prepared to interact with…