Internet is known as a powerful technology that has been
created which has changed the world in many aspects such as communication,
education, business and gaming.
Furthermore, with the existence of World Wide Web (www) invented by Tim
Berners-Lee, the Internet has become more powerful. In this 21st century, Internet has
been exponentially increased due to high demand and increase in population. Asia is placed first followed by Europe and
North America (internetworldstats.com).
Malaysia has approximately 24,554,255 users which is lower than South
Korea (47,013,649 users) and The United States (286,942,362 users). However, there are pros and cons of Internet
usage to users depending on their purpose.
For example, virtual communication through online social media nowadays
has become more fascinating than face to face meet up. This situation will result in lack of
communication skills in real life. In
summation, the Internet existence has transform human life.
People are inarguably addicted to the Internet. Based on a statistics, people spend more than
eight hours per day on average using the Internet (globalwebindex) in some
countries especially the ones that has low economic growth. In fact, we can conclude that people nowadays
are addicted to the Internet which they are relying and spending most of the
time on regardless of countries and group age.
Ivan Goldberg was the first person to establish Internet Addiction
Disorder (IAD) term and used it in 1995 when writing his report (Srinivasan,
2014). According to Hasanzadeh (2012),
addiction towards Internet may result in interpersonal, family, friendship and
social relation indifference. He further
explained that students who exposed to the Internet are more acquainted with
modern technology in the university but will suffer with IAD simultaneously.
Second issue of the Internet is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when someone harasses or
intimidates with an intention to downgrade a person by using electric
devices. It can also be expressed as
Internet bullying. Norulzahrah (2016)
states that there are some forms of cyberbullying which are spreading rumors,
posting negative comments or even, mocking other people in order to gain
attention. It is known that cyberbullying
is one of the major Internet issues that are faced by many countries. The effects of cyberbullying can be harmful
to the people who are relying heavily on internet. Teenagers are the one who experienced
cyberbullying the most as they are most likely to be exposed to internet.
Internet censorship has also become one of the main issues
of the Internet. Limiting information or
blocking sites that are available in the internet from the public can be best
described as internet censorship. It is
done by the government in order to prevent any harmful websites or dangerous
contents from being accessed by the public.
One of the main concerns of censorship is to prohibit youngsters from
accessing any malicious websites (Freedom on the Net, 2015). However, censorship also can be a flaw as
people may not be able to fully access a website in order to acquire
Identity theft may not be a common issues of the
Internet. However, the statistics of
identity theft crime has increased in the past few years globally (Hedayati,
2012). According to Hoofnagle (2007),
identity theft is best described as an individual taking another individual’s
personal information for the purpose of fraud.
Identity theft is the first step regarding to other types of fraud. Fraudsters either steals other peoples’
information for their own use or sell the stolen identity to someone else. Identity theft does have its
consequences. Illegal immigration, money
laundering, medical fraud or terrorism usually are the crimes that related to
identity theft (Hedayati, 2012).