Analyzing: Steiner-Adair, CNN

In an article posted on CNN, Catherine Steiner-Adair addresses the issue of internet addiction. Although technology and using the internet have become a necessity in order to contact one another efficiently, many are starting to build their dependence on it. The issues of internet addiction is beginning to show its prominence, but is actually not considered to be a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.). Despite the rapid growth and attention this issue is getting, there are actually not many studies that have been published, but rather theories on this subject instead (CNN, 2015).

The purpose of this article is to provide simple background information about internet addiction, where the writer makes the reader make a connection to themselves. Steiner-Adair does this by providing captions on images that serve to be like a criteria to make readers relate to. Some of the captions read: “The first thing you do when you wake up is grab your phone,””You can’t control your gaming…” and “You feel anxious if you don’t have your phone with you you obsess about being on tech even when you’re not online.” In some places, such as South Korea, internet and technology use has gotten to become out of hand. In order to try to solve this growing issue, they had set up a rehabilitation camp. With this example given, many of the readers would imagine putting themselves through letting go of all technology from weeks to months. Towards the end, a question is posed towards parents or to those who will become parents: “”What kind of childhood memories do we want our children to have?” (CNN, 2015).”

Steiner-Adair’s main claim explains that the dependence and addiction to overusing technology and the internet is shown through research and day-to-day habits as well, affecting us neurologically and physically. A smaller claim she had mentioned was that the signs of addiction can be found just about anywhere in the country, which will eventually reveal a danger that is real and present in our lives and the following generations.

The audience of this article is anyone that is under the question or is interested to see whether or not they may be addicted to the internet; the title reads ‘Are You Addicted to the Internet?’ where anyone clicking the link must be at least a little curious. While the author does use ethos, pathos and logos, the strongest form of rhetoric in this article would be pathos. The use of pathos can be found within the mini slideshow at the beginning of the online article, a quote from a mother that says “It’s tearing our family apart. It’s ruining our marriage — I feel like I do not exist. I can’t get my child to stop,” and the question mentioned earlier, that had targeted those who were parents. All of these examples play a part in creating a connection between the reader and the content of the article.

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