For the past few month, I have been attending a media literacy class where I learned about the history of the World Wide Web, the internet, and how people use it. If there was one thing that I took away from that is that the Internet plays an important part in our daily lives. It not only provides us entertainment, but it makes school assignments and work projects easier to do. It may have some downsides, like the lack of privacy, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
To an individual, the internet is important mainly because it allows you to do things that you would not be able to do if the internet did not exist. An article from tibetangeeks.com talks more about the importance of the internet and the advantages it has for an individual. Some of the advantages it lists include increase credibility, increase exposure, greater quantity and quality of inquiries, maintain information that’s “up to the minute” accurate, and save money on printing, phone usage, and postage. When reading the article, you can see that most of the advantages that are listed also apply to businesses. So, the internet can make it easier for businesses to get their name out their and succeed.
The internet may be important for businesses and individuals, but it’s also important in terms of children’s education. According to a UK study done late last year, “UK teenagers without the internet are ‘educationally disadvantaged.'” When interviewing the teenagers, they found that “they felt shut out of their peer group socially and also disadvantaged in their studies as so much of the college or school work set for them to do at home required online research or preparation.” You often hear parents and teacher today complaining about how the internet is distracting kids from their studies while disregarding all of the good that it can provide. And, this study shows that a kid without access can actually be damaging to a child’s education.
All of the reasons listed about the internet’s importance may seem obvious to many, seeing as most people are using it, but there are some people who believe that the internet and even technology is a nuisance and shows signs of the end of face-to-face communication. While I agree that people nowadays are on the internet/phones way too much, I still acknowledge the importance and all of the advantages it has. The internet is important and, since most people are using it, people need to embrace it, not ignore it.