Youth & Internet Usage
- By Sam George
- Published 02/28/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people between 18 and 24 were the most active users of Internet worldwide. There is something about being youth and internet technology that they are made for each other.
One of the fastest growing Internet market is China. And in a study of Internet usage in China, it was report that Internet users spent an average of 16.9 hours online each week, compared with 15.9 hours in 2005 and 8.5 hours in 2001. And among them, the above population recorded over 21 hours each week!
Life without Internet is almost unimaginable. Our lives are so net-centric these days that we would be completely non-functional without net connectivity. But it does not come without a price. In some cases, our dependence on net is showing symptoms similar to addictions. Not to mention many ill-effects of nets - poor eye sights, email overload, intrusion into private lives, porn etc.
The net also makes you feel you are connected to the world and with a higher power out there. It is indicative of innate longing of human being for a deeper connection with others and the need for a transcended being. But Internet fakes both of these human needs. The pseudo intimacy never really satisfies and demi-gods never lives up to its claims.