Success on the Internet is a double-edged sword

March 2, 2010

By Page Dormier

Hall Monitor Page Dormier Issaquah High School

In my generation, we spend a lot of time focusing on and comparing other people’s lives. What we ourselves strive for is to become the best and most talked about. The way we know so much about one another is simple — the Internet.

If teenagers want to get exposure when it comes to singing, acting, modeling or even selling their own products, the Internet is the best way to do so. Anyone can make his or her own Web site at any age. Therefore, teenagers have the opportunity to show what they are made of to people all over the world. Some even become famous off free Web sites, such as MySpace or YouTube. Sites of all kinds have given teens a chance to become successful even before they graduate from high school.Unfortunately, there is always a down side to most topics. For this one, the Internet can also be a nightmare for most teens. Because there are so many ways to communicate and put information out there, a lot more gossip and bullying happens in the cyber world.

When it does not involve one-on-one interaction, people become more willing to say anything they please, and can cause more problems than anything else.

Putting yourself out there is always a risk for anyone. People will respect you or be a fan, while others will judge you and put you down, because they are threatened for your chances of success. In the end, the Internet can make you or break you.

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