As we have the merits, we also have the demerits of internet usage. But before I proceed, let me quickly make it clear that the merits of using the internet out-weigh the demerits. The internet was design to make life comfortable to all individuals. Unfortunately, most of the people have misuse this opportunity by using the internet for negative things. Let us continue with out main discussion. Some of the demerits that can be derived from internet usage are not limited to the following:
1) Poor Reading Culture: Before the discovery of the internet, students and other book lovers always pay a visit to the library near to their houses. Some of them have their own personal library at home which can be use at any time. But due to the discovery of the internet, everything has changes. People are no longer interested in reading books, making more researches. Most people especially students prefer to go online to make friends, chat with friends, visit dating sites, play online games and doing all those things that waste their time. Before the discovery of the internet, scientists are recognized for the role they play in the discovery of new things. Unfortunately for the present scientists, the discovery of the internet has made is almost impossible for their voice to be heard. People no longer wait for scientists to confirm a particular law because they know that they can easily get the information they need by visiting the internet.
2) Psychology Disturbance: When one is too acquaints to the usage of the internet, it can lead to psychology disturbance in the person. It can affect the way people react to real things happening around them. Let take for example, someone visit a website that deals with pornography, after that person have gone through the website, the tendency that the person will remain unstable is 95%. This is because the memory of the website will still remain on the person’s mind. People can easily get access to all these bad information on the internet. This has made most young people to have the zeal of wanting to know how the internet operates.
3) Low Level of Socialization: As I have said initially that people like making friends on the internet. As they continue doing this, it will get to a time whereby they will prefer to relate to their friends online than their friends offline. This is as a result of the coming of the internet. Let us take most of the social networking sites like facebook.com, MySpace.com, and twitter.com as examples; people prefer to stay on these websites throughout the day if possible. There is nothing they engage in than just making friends, chatting with people and so on. This has made the behaviour of most people to change.