There are many good things on the internet but there are also as many bad. Search engines, such as Google and Bing, are often used to find information from sites like CNN. However, search engines are prone to many distractors such as video games or viral videos. The internet isn’t a bad place for learning, but if the internet is not used properly it can prevent someone from learning what they need to. The internet is home to many things that can cause the mind to move away from learning and instead cause a loss of innocence and cause people to stay in isolated areas for long periods of time such as an office or bedroom.
The distractors of the internet can eventually cause things such as cheating, violence, and the use of prophanity. “In a 1999 survey of American students conducted by the Center of Academic Integrity at Duke University, 68% of the 2,100 students polled said that they had committed at least one academic offence such as plagiarizing” (Quan). Plagiarism is a major offence and people who plagiarize are not learning from the articles they’re copying from. It is not their own wording and it only takes a few seconds to copy and paste. In the past, people would have to write out the text in their own words and only have books as references. One would have at least remembered some of the information that they had written. “Video gaming (playing video games) has become a popular activity for people of all ages. Many children and adolescents spend large amounts of time playing them. […] Some games connect to the internet, which can allow children and adolescents to play online with unknown adults and peers. While some games have educational content, many of the most popular games emphasize negative themes and promote: the killing of people or animals, the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, criminal behavior such as the disrespect for authority and the law, sexual exploitation and violence toward women, all stereotypes, foul language,...
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