Internet problem: Wellbeing

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Literature Review: Wellbeing problem for Internet

This “Ten Problems for Internet in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. software, 
  2. privacy,
  3. governance,
  4. wellbeing,
  5. jobs,
  6. commerce,
  7. infrastructure,
  8. blockchain,
  9. education,
  10. security.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

4 Wellbeing

THE PROBLEM — How to make the best use of the Internet is important to both individuals and the society. Within the last decade, human dependency on the internet has increased in both work and leisure activities. Internet use can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on vulnerable parts of the population’s wellbeing, leading to addiction, psychological problems and overload.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — Healthier patterns of Internet usage may be achieved through harmonious integration of people’s online and offline worlds. Drawbacks from Internet overuse may differ according to people’s age, gender, environment, or even psychological characteristics. Older participants report smaller social networks, largely due to reporting fewer peripheral others, yet, older age is associated with better wellbeing. The strongest effect of internet use for children is on how they feel about their appearance, and the effects are worse for girls than boys. Information overload might lead to internet addiction or problematic internet use. Discouragement and negation of self-worth are the most significant predictors of problematic Internet use, often insisting on feelings of inferiority that are shaped during childhood. Problematic internet gaming is more strongly correlated with the psychological status, specifically depressive mood and attention deficit. The use of the Internet by people with disabilities is associated with improved wellbeing, better mental health and more beneficial health behaviors. Maladaptive patterns of Internet use found in young people seem to be replicated in the adult population. Because manual supervision in social networks, a space where cyberbullying can naturally occur, is laborious, automated approaches for cyberbullying detection are desirable.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Internet in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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Literature Reviews for Inquisitive Minds