Unlike any other metropolis, the web lacks a government, laws, or a police force.
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.
Thousands of sites offer 24/7 online gambling, and researchers say upwards of 15 million people visit these sites annually and leave several billion dollars of their family’s funds there.
Researchers also report that escorts and prostitutes in most major cities can now be reserved online.
Ultimately, restricting Internet access is a necessary but insufficient solution.
But what is needed is healing the personality weaknesses that virtually guarantee some individuals will fall victim to Internet temptations.In a landmark study, published in , researchers from Carnegie Mellon University examined the amount of time people spent interacting with other family members before and after installation of a computer with Internet access.During the two-year longitudinal study, family interaction declined dramatically, and the drop was directly proportional to the increase in Internet use.The Internet cultivates impulsive jumping from web page to web page, but real learning requires still concentration.At a large New York university, the dropout rate among freshman rose proportionally as their investment in computers and Internet access increased.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.