The Internet: Harmful or Helpful? Ever since its inception in 1982, the internet has become an essential part of the average person’s life. Many people see the internet as a place for entertainment, research, and communication. Although the invention of the internet allows for easy access to information and communication, there are some negative effects, such as encouraging cheating, corrupting children, and hindering development of social skills as well. The internet allows for easy access to information about almost any conceivable topic. Such easy access to information makes internet research a very convenient way to gather information on a topic. The convenience of the internet as a research source makes it a valuable tool in the research process. In addition to research topics, search engines on the internet can just be used to find answers to a problem one might have. The internet can be used to apply for jobs, which can greatly facilitate the job searching process in addition to making it more convenient.
Along with providing information, the internet can also be used for entertainment. Videos can be watched on YouTube, and games can be played on different websites. Social media sites can also be used to communicate with others. With the invention of social media sites on the internet, people with internet access now have a means to collaborate and express themselves in new ways. With the ease of online communication, old friends can contact each other from different sides of the country, and new friends can also be made from around the world. Video chat can also be used, enabling users to have a face to face conversation from different parts of the world. Some people may find online entertainment addicting however, and, like all things, the internet should be used in moderation. Without exercising a little bit of willpower, the internet can quickly become a source of procrastination.
The internet is not without its drawbacks, unfortunately. Even