CYBER SUICIDE / Part 2 of 2: Virtual Reality

The Internet does great, beautiful things for us, but it also destroys us, usually without us even having knowledge of it. It connects us with people all over the world, lets us provide and receive information at the click of a button, and is a great tool for businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs. It's like a reverse blessing in disguise. It seems too good to be true. That's because it is. The Internet can be bad for you.

While this article can be for anyone, I am directing it towards teenagers because I've experienced bad side effects of the Internet as a teenager and I've seen other teenagers do the same.

First, let me just list the bad things:
cyber bullying, is linked to causing depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, rots your brain and mends your identity, addictive, takes you away from reality and life, usually not reliable information, can make you lose your sense of self, online predators, triggering for bad behavior, open communities that are pro anorexia, pro self harm, pro drugs etc, lowers self esteem, and so much more.

Delusional children and teenagers get a mixed message on what society is, what people are, and how they should be. I've been exposed to the Internet from a VERY young age. (2nd grade) Therefore, I learned about things before most children did, and it really brainwashed me. As a teenager, I began to use the Internet more and thought it was a great place. Eventually, it had taken over my life. People don't like to admit they are addicted to the Internet or that it's taken over there life but think about it. You use it everyday, have several social networking accounts, and chances are you worry about your Internet image more than your real life image. As teenagers, we like to think we aren't addicted to the Internet because everyone's addicted. Therefore, it's the norm.

There are two kinds of people on the Internet. One of them posts things on the Internet, and the other people make fun of them. It seems like we happen to be both of these people at some time in our lives, and really, there isn't a better one. The first one constantly is posting unnecessary stuff that a certain type of person finds stupid, so that person makes fun of them because they think they're better than them. I found that a lot of people on tumblr try to put on the image of "I'm better than you because I listen to indie music and wear creepers. I pretend to know a lot about the world but really I spend all of my time getting constant reassurance I'm special from my 437 followers." The majority of people on tumblr are brainwashed and its disturbing how they don't even realize it.

The teenage years are the most vulnerable years of your life. And when the Internet and the teenager combine, it equals insanity. You're trying to figure out who you are, what you like, what you wanna do, and so on, but the Internet can shape a person the wrong way. I've seen people change literally overnight because of the Internet. I don't know why, but I believe it's because there are so many communities on the Internet and once the people in that community accept you, you wanna be like them and you feel it's your destiny because you felt accepted for once. That's not true. Whether you believe in predetermined destiny or not, I'll tell you right now, you're not gonna find it on the Internet. What you need to realize is a like, a comment, retweet or a reblog is NOTHING but pixels on a screen. It may feel good for a moment, but in the long run, it will get you no where.

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