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Ironically, many study participants justified their increasing time online saying they needed to “stay in touch” with more distant friends and relatives, while they increasingly ignored those they were living with.

I hear complaints weekly from spouses, parents, and especially children who feel the Internet has robbed them of their loved-ones.

Unlike any other metropolis, the web lacks a government, laws, or a police force.

The nature of human psychology is that over-indulgence in one pleasure creates a desire for another, more depraved pleasure, and so forth in a potentially unending downward spiral towards total degradation.

In a nightmarish scenario, an upstanding gentleman could thus wake up to find himself on one of the web’s many sites explicitly dedicated to facilitating illicit activity.

Like most public libraries in the United States, the Central Phoenix Library provides adults and children with Internet access.

When Toni Garvey, the chief librarian, recently spotted three separate men and a group of giggling girls viewing pornographic material on the library’s terminals, she had no idea how to respond.

A large study of American teens just revealed that close to 60% have received an instant message or email from a total stranger, and 63% of those teens who have received such instant messages or emails say they responded but never told their parents.

In the last three years there have been several infamous cases of abduction, rape and murder in which the victim was first approached and lured through a Chat or MUD site, instant messaging, or emails.For example, the web hosts thousands of pornographic sites—offering material that is as explicit and generally more violent than what is found in print publications—the cyberspace equivalent of a singles bar.Studies reveal that about 90% of Chat and MUD users form personal relationships; about one-third of these relationships result in a face-to-face meeting; and about a quarter of these relationships evolve into romantic involvements.Anyone in this virtual-metropolis can put anything online, and once it is there anyone can access it.Like any metropolis, the web has neighborhoods, some safer and some horrific.Studies show that those most likely to get into trouble are not deterred by limits on Internet access.

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