Advantages and Disadvantages of the Internet
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Advantages of the Internet
The internet is probably one of the greatest inventions so far. The accessibility of the Internet has opened the world to people by stripping away geographical barriers and sharing information instantaneously.
1). Communication Forum. Faster communication can be obtained through the Internet. Families and friends can keep in touch easily. Platform for products like SKYPE allow for holding a video conference with anyone in the world who also has access.
2). Abundant Information. People can find information on almost any imaginable subject. Tons of resources can be found through the search engine in minutes.
3). Inexhaustible Education. For example, students can gain readily available help for their homework online. People can teach and learn in a worldwide classroom nowadays.
4). Entertainment for Everyone. Most of us love being on our laptop, smart phones and ipads, the internet is the big reason behind us spending so much time on these gadgets.
5). Online Services and E-commerce. The internet provides the services of emails, online banking, online shopping, etc. Free mail service to anyone is easily accessible all around the world. E-commerce enables one in America to buy things in Asia, Africa or other area in the world through some simple clicks of the mouse.
Disadvantages of the Internet
People's crazy love for the Internet may bring much harm to their life. The Internet's drawbacks cannot be overlooked any more as so many teenagers are suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder and so many women has become online shopaholics.
1). Internet Addiction Disorder. Internet over use is detrimental to not only physical fitness but also mental health. Internet use can be divided into 3 stages according to Grohol.
Some people simply get caught in Stage I and never move beyond it. They may need some help to get over it.
2). Web Crime. Hackers can create viruses that can get into your personal computer and ruin valuable data. Users' personal information such as name, address, credit card, bank details and other information can be accessed by culprits when used on the Internet, resulting in big economic loss.
3). Social Alienation. Time spent online flies really fast without consciousness. Once attracted by so many amazing things provided by the Internet, users are trapped by a "net", spending less time with people in real life. Less interaction and face-to-face communication in reality may result in decrease of networking abilities.
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