In our times, it is hardly possible to find someone who has never heard about the advantages and opportunities offered to modern people by the Internet, the worldwide network of public computers that allows its users to exchange information. Within the last two decades, the Internet became one of the most popular and demanded technological innovations which are currently used by billions of people throughout the world. It is impossible to deny the fact that the Internet has had a huge impact on our life, but should its influence be considered as something more positive than negative, or vice versa The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa? To find an answer on that question, let’s take a closer look at the role of the Internet in modern life.
First of all, it is necessary to mention that the most important function of the Internet is its being a unique source of information. Every Internet user has a free access to many powerful search engines like Google, MSN or Yahoo, which can assist in finding any specific information or data within a few seconds. In addition to that, today’s Internet offers its users an opportunity to watch videos and TV shows online, read newspapers The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa and books, download a great number of movies, PC games, music, software and so on. Undoubtedly, it is a great positive influence of the Internet since viewing various educational or entertaining sites helps people to learn a lot of new things and increase their general intelligence.
Moreover, the Internet is an invaluable source of information for today’s students. It gives an opportunity to access electronic libraries, e-book catalogues and databases, scientific documents and academic works, news, educational websites, etc., and can be of a great help when writing academic researches and course works. Launching the Internet in the classrooms substantially The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa enhances the opportunities of modern education and allows teachers to use online resources, various educational videos, etc. Also, nowadays the Internet became an irreplaceable tool for distant education, helping millions of people to receive their academic degree regardless of where they are physically located.
Besides, the Internet has opened absolutely new dimensions for interpersonal and intercultural communication allowing people from all quarters of the earth to communicate with each other using IM tools, e-mails, online chat-rooms, etc. Moreover, nowadays, it became possible to do voice and video chat, so the users are able to hear each other The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa’s voices and see each other’s reactions and emotions while talking. As a result, the Internet should be considered a perfect tool for meeting with the people who share the same interests, or making friends with the people of other nationalities and learning more about different cultures of the world. This way, the Internet brings people closer together, and this is another very important positive function of Internet technology.
There is much more to add to the above. For the last decades, the Internet has been offering new opportunities for modern businessmen. E-commerce and The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa online shopping have become an effective gear for the current economic development on global level. Also, the Internet became a convenient environment for job seeking, hotel and ticket reservation, doing financial transactions, advertising, working on a freelance basis and numerous other social services available online. Finally, the Internet has opened a new epoch in entertaining industry allowing people to watch new movies, concerts or theater performances, visit museums and galleries, or even virtually travel throughout the world.
Undoubtedly, the Internet as a technological phenomenon has some serious drawbacks. Those include, first of all, spamming and a threat of receiving computer viruses, stealing The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa important personal information of Internet users, as well as Internet addiction and various concerns connected with children using the Internet. However, in my opinion, positive effects of using the Internet heavily outweigh its drawbacks. It is obvious that the development of the Internet is connected with a number of great positive changes and new opportunities for all of us. Therefore, I am convinced that for every aspect of today’s life, the Internet and modern Internet technologies cause more good than harm.
Aside from this, the proliferation of pornographic materials is undeniably one of the alarming things The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa that has brought about by the Internet. It does not only corrupt the minds of the young people that are exposed to them but also it paves the way for the degradation of human dignity. It also strains the moral make up of society.
The Internet also alienates the person from his social self. While most think that talking to loved ones through the computer screens allows or offers the same satisfaction of social needs just like engaging in conversations personally, there really is a big difference between the virtual self and the social self. This could further The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa lead to addiction which could hamper a person’s way of living and those who are directly in contact with him.
The Internet was intended to be used for military purposes. However, due to its versatility and applicability, we have it as how it is used today. It exists as our friend when used properly and our foe when misused.
The negative influence of the internet on the youth are:
-teenagers might become or learn violent stuffs in the internet games they played
-their exam grade might become poorer and poorer due to the internet games they played
-they might have The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa some problem with their eyes due to staring too much on the computer
One of the most negative aspects of the impact of the internet on our daily life is, in my opinion, that it alters the social behaviour, habits and abilities of people.
Especially children are often badly influenced by the internet.
Therefore I want to deal with the impact of the internet on the social behaviour of children.
In our times, when nearly every household has a computer and access to the internet, it is only clear that also children deal with computers and the internet. They should The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa learn how to use it, of course.
The world of the world wide web and virtual space is going to become more important with every year and everybody should be able to use this tool – even children.
They should know how to get information, how they can buy something on the web, where they can meet people online.
They should be able to use the internet because if they are not, they are going to have great difficulties with getting on in their lives without knowing how to use the internet later on. Simply because it is a very powerful The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa media which is going to be the main medium in the future.
But what I am worrying about is that children will be very competent experts on using the internet – but not on how to live in the real world anymore.
The first point I want to mention is that I don’t consider the internet as a suitable babysitter or friend for children.
As I have already said, I think that it is important that children learn how to use the internet but it is also very important that they learn to have the right attitude towards the The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa internet.
The internet will never replace the real world and therefore it is important that children see that the internet is a great tool if you know how to handle it but it should not be a replacement for real friends, for a real life. It’s the parents duty to tell their children so.
Parents should not just put their children in front of a computer and say “Oh well, that’s the internet, go on, have some fun and be quiet.” The internet was not made for children and so it should not be used as a The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa babysitter.
You can never be sure what the child will get to see when it is online without an adult sitting next to it. There is so much harmful, offending and simply disgusting material on the internet, that it is – in my opinion – totally careless when you let your children surf through the net all by themselves.
By reading the emails from the discussion group I often heard that if you teach your children the basics of ethic and just tell them not to look at harmful material then they can go online and surf through the net The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa alone. I’m not of the same opinion. Children are children and they are not adults. If you tell them not to look at – for example – pornographic sites, you can never be sure that they will not. Children are nosy ones – at least most of them are – and most children will go and have a look at pornographic materials on the internet. The only way to provide that children do not see harmful things on the internet is to sit next to them and supervise them.
I have a little brother, aged seven and when he wants to go The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa online, then he has to ask my parents or me to come with him and sit next to him while he’s surfing. Surely, it doesn’t mean fun when you have to sit next to him and listen to the Teletubbies talking or see Mickey Mouse bowling but I am far more interested in hearing and seeing these things than in not being sure what he would see if I was not sitting next to him.
That’s the one point why the internet should not be used as a babysitter.
The other point is that it is – in The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa my opinion – not good for the children to sit in front of the computer all day.
Children need friends and they need to play with friends to learn how to behave and how to interact with others.
Human beings are not born with any social abilities – we have to learn all of these stuff.
And if children sit in front of the computer and don’t play with other children – when and where should they learn how to behave?
Another question is whether the internet is a useful medium to educate children or not.
Well, in my opinion The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa it is not.
Even for adults it is often a problem to say whether an information is right or wrong on the internet. So when adults are not able to be sure about it – how should children be?
The risk to learn wrong things from the internet is very big and so the internet should not be used to educate the child right from the beginning on.
But: You should try to tell your children how they can distinguish between “good” and “bad” information. (Be critically, try to figure out who has written the information, when was the last update, and The Influence of the Internet: More Harm than Good or Vice Versa so on….) Later on, they will have to get information for the internet and then they should be able to use it, of course.
But in my opinion there’s no sense to teach them the basics with the help of the internet before they have learnt how to distinguish between good and bad information – they are simply too young to be sure about that.