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Internet: Good or Bad ? You Decide Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Osaretin, Nigeria Oct 5, 2005
Education , Digital Literacy   Opinions

  




Is the internet good or bad? There is currently a lot of debate surrounding the topic of the internet. On one hand, many people feel that the internet is having a negative impact on our society. Their reasons include topics such as cyber safety or more specifically; pornographic sites, piracy, fraud and other nasty stuff. Many of these people feel that the use of the internet should be highly restricted in order to ensure the safety of the general public. Others argue that how and why the public uses the internet should be left up to the individual in question to decide.

Research is the most common way that the internet is used and it has become one of the biggest sources for research. Students from all different grades of schooling are among the top people who are using the internet for research. In fact, nowadays, it is almost required that students use the Internet for school research. The Internet is so commonly used for research because of its limitless information. It is amazing how much information one has right at their fingertips. On the flip side, the accessibility to so much information can have disadvantages. Students using the Internet can easily be lured into dangerous activities such as pornography. Whether surfing the web, reading newsgroups or using e-mail youth are at risk of being exposed to extremely inappropriate material.

Another way the internet is being used is through online business (e-commerce and e-banking) transactions. One example of e-business is online shopping. This makes life easy for the individual as he or she does not have to leave and can pretty much purchase what ever they want right from their own home. Online shopping has also brought many companies a lot of money as millions of dollars are spent every year by consumers who are shopping online. For financial institutions it has made the transfer of money easier, convenient, faster and safer. The negative effect of online transactions and business activities is that the information attached to these transactions can fall into the hands of the wrong people. Issues of theft and privacy are important to consider when thinking about doing any type of online activity that requests personal information. This is one of the privacy violations that can take place and it definitely has many potentially devastating financial consequences.

Entertainment is one of the most popular reasons to surf the net. Downloading games, music, visiting chat rooms, reading the news and finding out about current sport’s scores are some of the common uses. Chat rooms are popular because users can easily meet new and interesting people. The Internet has actually been used by people to find life long partners! Although there are a lot of positive relationships and discussion groups developed through the internet there are also a lot of issues related to privacy. Electronic messages sent over the net can be easily snooped and tracked, revealing who is talking to whom and what they are talking about. It is very easy for strangers to gather information about you so it is imperative that you are careful and aware at all times.
When downloading on the net, viruses might be downloaded with as well. Though viruses can be received through other means like the use of floppy, a major source is the internet. Today computers are getting viruses that can destroy the computer’s entire hard drive. A lot of people are not properly educated about such viruses and what actions they can take in order to be proactive against them.

All of the issues that I have discussed can be researched in order to decrease, if not eradicate, the dangers of using the internet. The more aware we are of all the risks we face by using the internet the more we can make sure that we are taking all the necessary cautions. Preventive measures in relation to the internet need to be more fully researched and acted upon by teachers, parents and by the youth using the internet. Better monitoring and supervision by adults needs to be implicated. Providing individuals with the necessary counsel needs to start happening. Things like the fact that when giving personal information over the internet people should make sure the web site is protected with a recognizable security symbol. Then again it is also important that one understands that they are never fully protected because anyone may obtain a user’s information if they know enough about computers.

Whether the internet is bad or good or whether it should be used or not should be determined by the individual in question. It is important that we bear in mind that the ongoing globalization will not be possible without the internet. The internet has essentially made the world a global village.





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I am a lover of science and Information technology. Reading, surfing the net and singing are my hobbies. Born out of my inquisitive mind to know more about science and IT, I surfed the web to discover takingITglobal. I like it and I know I have to belong to have information to feed my curious mind which is always asking a question.
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The effects of internet
Aftab Jawaid | Jan 3rd, 2010
Its merely clear that most of the people stopped to read book and mainly started to relay on internet as the core source of information, while the information people often come across is not authentic and mostly written by individual not having sufficient background upon certain aspects of the topic. Further more, text of the authentic books and paper-published content is mostly copyrighted and not provided online - as a result most of the researchers and information collectors end up having delusional knowledge towards certain subjects.



ajima mark .o. | Oct 15th, 2005
the internat is good n bad . the net is good in the sence that links us up with people , events taking place round da world ,its also can be used 4 research . again it depends on the king of people we get get to meet, we cant trust every body we get to met online ,cos most people lie in there ,u may be chating with a school drop out who may pretend to be da owner of a company or a drug dealer who pretends to be someone hes not, .so i feel we should be care full with the people we get to met online n they they informetion we give about our selfs ,if we must then it should be slim or we must be sure of who we are dealing with



INTERNET USES
Priya Verma | Nov 23rd, 2009
INTERNET USES Internet is based on satellites or under ocean cables. This has done a tremendous revolution in mankind.Think about mobile phone, it is now part and parcel of poorest Indian.After about 5 years, Internet will become the part of our life either through mobile phones or through computers/laptops. You can't evade it, else you will get lost.Crores of employments have been generated based on Internet. Banking,premium payments,Tax payments, Ticket reservation, knowledge base,information, correspondenes, complaints and what not, is being done from home at any time 24x7. So get Broadband connection with Desktop PC with net banking facility without delay.The countes will be closed in near future like private airlines.There are many reliable anti virus,internet security,Adware,Malware,Spyware available at affordable cost to counter spying and infection. Nothing to worry about that.To day internet is a way of life. Priya Member TIG

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