The Internet is a global computer network that provides a variety of information and communication facilities. The advantages and disadvantages will be discussed in this post. Nowadays almost everyone has excess to the internet and computers. The internet is probably one of the greatest inventions so far but when it comes to advantages and disadvantages.
We can communicate with people and do business around the world by using the internet. Despite this, the internet also has drawbacks or disadvantages. We are going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the internet critically.
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Advantages Of Internet
Now we are going to discuss the advantages of the internet. There is a case study for each point so that you can understand the article in a better way.
The biggest advantage that internet offers is the trove of information. We can find tons of information through search engines like Google and Yahoo by using the internet on any topics within the seconds. There is a huge amount of information available on the internet on various topics whether it is related to share market, educational information, government law and services and so on.
Case Study: Now, let’s imagine how much information is available on the Internet.
According to Internet Live Stats dated 3/28/2020, there were 1.7 billion websites on the internet. Over 80,000 videos were watched each second. 90,000 GB of internet traffic in 1 second only.
According to Merch Dope, 300 hours of YouTube videos are uploaded each minute. Over 5 billion videos are watched on youtube everyday. Isn’t Internet an ocean of information. You can get any information on the internet easily.
Students can save their time and efforts by using the internet as they can get any kind of information within a few minutes on their smartphones and desktop. Nowadays students are learning various things on various online platforms like Unacademy, Meritnation, and Byjus, etc to enhance their knowledge and skills.
Nowadays online tuition classes are happening through video conferencing and it is saving the time of teachers and students which was wasted in traveling and traffic jams and it also enables us to interact with anyone at anyone.
Communication plays an important role in an individual’s personal as well as professional life. In this era of the internet, we can send emails to anyone through the internet around the world in a matter of a few seconds. All companies are using email in businesses to expand and communicate with their vendors and customers located all over the world within a couple of seconds. Personal communication has also become easier as today people are connected socially through various social platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and through video conferencing using the internet.
Nowadays when everything is getting online, companies are expanding and promoting their businesses through digital marketing and are earning a good source of revenue. The internet plays an important role to advertise market products and services around the world to get more customers. You can’t make your businesses successful without using internet applications, marketing, and advertising platforms, communication and customer support tools. The worldwide web gives you the excess to data and information with high speed and accuracy so that Emails, file transfers, etc can be performed very fastly which are really important for the business. This is all because of the internet as it has made everything accessible to everyone around the world with the help of the internet.
Entertainment plays a significant role in an individual’s life and that’s the reason most people prefer to surf the internet. Nowadays you don’t need to go to the cinema hall to watch your favorite movies as you can watch it online by using various platforms like Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon prime etc through internet connection.you can also download music and games to entertain yourself. The only reason behind the emergence and booming of the gaming industry is the internet as youngsters are getting addicted to games like PUBG and candy crush etc.
As the use of the internet is increasing day by day and businesses are getting married online, the e-commerce industry is also booming. As people can any products or utilities through various e-commerce platforms like Flipkart and Amazon etc. You just have to select the required and desirable products and after having a successful transaction you can get what you wanted at your doorstep and it has made the lives of people easier and convenient.
Disadvantages of Internet
Nothing in the world is free from the disadvantages. The Internet is also like that forest which looks very green from outside but inside, it may be wild. Let’s show you the other side of the internet.
Cyberbullying has become increasingly common. It has caused a lot of misery to a lot of children all over the world, and in some serious cases has led the victims to commit suicide. It is from bullying which is caused by electronic means or digital devices like cell phones, computers and tablets etc.
As people are sharing information on the internet due to which stalkers are getting less difficulty finding personal information through various means. According to research conducted by Symantec, it is found that 8 out of 10 individuals are subject to different types of cyberbullying in India.
Cyberbullying is an illegal and criminal offense and there are many means by which the bullies can be caught.
bullying.co.uk is a very useful website for all victims of bullying. It gives advice to all forms of bullying with how best to handle the problem. If you are a victim of bullying, tell someone you trust and speak to them about what is happening.
Case Study: According Bullyingstatistics.org
- Around half of the teens have been the victims of cyberbullying.
- Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyberbully victim.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 cyberbullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.
- 1 in 10 adolescents or teens has had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras.
- About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.
- Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyberbullying.
The biggest disadvantage of the internet is an addiction to the internet as people spend too much time sitting in front of the computer which can cause various health issues like heart problems, obesity, skin problems, eye problems and back pain etc.
The best way to avoid these health issues is to take breaks often while using electronic devices and doing somebody stretching exercises.
As the internet has excess to the infinite amount of content in which some are good or some may be less desirable contents also exists
Unfortunately, users come across accidentally these types of violent or pornographic images that they do not want to view.
Hacking, Viruses & Identity Theft
In this digital era with excess to billions of computers, it can be easy for hackers to hack a person’s privacy and personal data by various platforms where hacking is done like Facebook or other social networks.
Therefore it is necessary for everyone to have some technical knowledge to prevent themselves from these types of hacks, viruses & identity theft.
We live in a world of high-speed information where communication is so easy and cheap.No doubt you have latched on to this opportunity that new technology has provided and I dare say each one of you at some stage or another are in contact with your friends: through texting, Facebook, Tweeter, e-mail etc and some may claim you have hundreds of cyber friends all over the world that is the reason why people are getting depressed and anxious. people spend too much time on the internet and give less time to people who are present near them physically. Hence we can say that social isolation is also required as much as possible for the mental well being of an individual.
I think using the internet has more advantages than disadvantages because the internet has made our life easier and more convenient.