Positive & Negative Impacts of the Internet

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With the advent of the Internet, your life has probably been made much easier considering the wealth of information available and the number of tasks that can now be performed online. However, the cost of purchasing a computer and using the Internet can be costly.

There is also the issue of validity of sources when seeking information.

Positive: Wealth of Information

The Internet is an incredible tool to use for homework assignments or projects. If you need to research information for a paper or essay, there are a number of excellent resources found on the Web, such as the Internet Public Library or one of the many online encyclopedias. The Internet Public Library is an online reference where science professionals can answer your questions. The Internet has also made searching for information much faster than looking through printed resources.

Positive: Internet Based Entertainment

The Internet will allow you to take advantage of many forms of entertainment. The Web hosts a series of entertainment services such as YouTube to watch online videos posted by people around the world, MySpace to interact with friends and family online, and also RealPlayer to enjoy your favourite music, movies or photos. These positive impacts of the Internet will develop fun activities for home entertainment.

Negative: Time Consuming

As the number of websites found on the Internet increases, the amount of time you spend browsing for information will increase as well. The Internet has become a huge time investment and sometimes a tremendous waste of time. Also, when attempting to sift through your e-mails, you could be spending five to 10 minutes before you finally find an e-mail that requires your attention. Many e-mails are advertisements or spam.

Negative: Unreliability of Resources

Another negative impact that you may run across when using the Internet is receiving information that is unreliable. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information out there from unaccredited sources that publish their own websites. They litter the Internet with falsified or exaggerated information about various topics. You need to be careful when browsing the Internet for research because many websites you access may not have credibility. Before submitting for a report any information that you gathered from a website, make sure the source of the website is reliable.