Benefits and Detrimental Effects of the Internet

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The benefits and detrimental effects of Internet on students.

INTRODUCTION
The internet was formed out of a military need before it travelled across the globe. At present, internet penetration has reached all continents and shows signs of unwavering in its usage. The diagram below shows the ‘Internet Users in the World Distribution by World Regions’. [pic]

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However, internet users have long embraced the internet in studying methodology and the increase of online learning attests to that. Prior to the birth of the internet age, learning meant carrying heavy textbooks to class. In those days, students were accustomed to bringing along assignments, attending classes in person and writing out essays using a pen. Those days are increasingly being replaced with the age of the internet which allows for distance and online learning. Pens are replaced with the keyboard and online submissions, textbooks are replaced with e-books and attending classes are now replaced with participating in online chats and forums. With the disappearance of heavy school bags come laptops in backpacks. Many tout the benefits of the internet era on learners. However, it must be noted that there are detrimental effects as well. As with all things, there are both positive effects as well as negative effects to learning in the internet era.

THE BENEFITS OF THE INTERNET ON STUDENTS
Students have definitely differed in their methods in learning with the availability of the internet compared to the previous age of textbook learning. Here, we will look at four beneficial impacts on learners derived from the internet age....
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