The Advantages and Disadvantages of Surfing the Internet

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It is now the 21st century and there is hardly anyone who has not been exposed to the Internet world. Nowadays, children would rather find entertainment on their laptops, iPads, and 3G phones, rather than going outside and playing a game of football with their friends.

The internet has played a very important role in our daily lives because of the advantages it brings. Firstly, it makes our work a lot easier. Students can find information for their studies and then type it out on their computer, rather than write it out on a piece of paper. This has helped them save a lot of time.

Secondly, we are able to find out more about what is happening in the world. Because people all over the world is using the internet, we can get updated on news like politics, natural disasters, and even celebrity gossip. It has been predicted that newspapers will no longer be used in the near future, because the internet is much more efficient and quick.

Lastly, we are able to make new friends and connect with friends and family. Gone are the days of writing letters and long-distance calls, because now we can simply e-mail or video-call friends and family who live far away. The internet has brought a lot of people closer together.

The internet has also brought a lot of disadvantages into our lives. First of all, it is addicting. Many youngsters spend most of their time on the internet. This results in sickness, grades dropping, and loss of communication in the real world.

Secondly, the internet can influence the younger ones. Because it is so easy to find anything on the internet, they might be exposed to some sexual content or violence. They might also make bad friends on social networking sites. These 'friends' could trick them into giving out personal information to use for their own advantage.

In summary, I think that the internet can be useful to us, provided that we use it properly. Parents should keep an eye on their children who surf the internet to make it a...
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