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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the internet?





Munin
The Internet is something that has bringed to life to much problems, yes, but it’s quite stable since it has become part of our lives.

There is talk of child pornography, crime, fraud and other awful things that certainly are there, because of those topics, many people (specially, parents) thinks that Internet is harmful to teenagers and younger ones. But I think they’re wrong, internet is quite amazing.

On one hand, exists the possibility of interaction between masses, for examples in the forums, where you can talk about anything, get and give answers or give your oppinion about a certain thread.
In addition, there is “blogging”, where you can express your own point of view of the world or the things with total freedom and no one can judge you, it’s like a little personal place where you put in letters your feelings or your thoughts.
Plus, we cannot forget about the instant messaging (IM), like MSN, ICQ, GTalk, Y! Messenger, IRC and more. Those programs brings you the chance to communicate with anyone on any site of the planet and it’s a way to promote the intercultural exchange.

On the other hand, yes, there are violators, thieves, gamblers, swindlers and all the scum that there is on the real world, maybe because internet IS PART of the real world as well.
During the so-called Pirate Bay trial one of the defendants declared not to use the term IRL (In Real Life) longer. They say AFK, thus Away From Keyboard. There may be one of the wisest said in a courtroom, for he was really right. If it's happening on the Internet also happens in real life.
What I want to clarify is that all the thugs listed above are part of the society, so to free us up of them, the society must change, internet is a tool, and as such it can be used for good or not, but it depends on how we use it.

To sum up, I think that internet is a fantastic service, but how to use it depends on each one of us.
badai
your signature is 700k.

maybe that will make a better discussion, like "should we allow signature to be more than 50k?"

i vote no.
Bikerman
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joostvane
If the internet wasn't here, thieves and other scum would find another way to steal and violate. The risk that the internet brings is that people stay anonymous. The step to being a thief, crack, comitting a crime is much smaller. You don't even have to leave your house.

But the positives overrule the downsides. My horizon wouldn't be so wide without the internet. All the information in the world is at my fingertips, my friends all over the world (that I only see once or twice a year) are only one click away, ... We live in the internet-era and I don't think our society ever has advanced this quickly. The internet gives a tremendous boost to creativity, innovation, ...

The biggest advantage of the internet is that is means freedom. You pay a fee to get on, and you can access anything you want. Your computer screen is not a tv, they don't show you what they want, you get what you want. We should protect this net neutrality at all costs. Luckily, politicians are being made aware of this situation and are discussing about this. There are ofcourse countries that can only dream of neutrality at the moment, because of censorship laws, but hopefully those will be abolished aswell one day.

The conclusion is that the internet is awesome. There will always be bad guys, irl and on the internet. Luckily we always got the internet police =)
Zsupermassive
The biggest advantage is that Internet is a pool of information and knowledge. Knowledge is a valuable thing AND expensive thing. There are still some poor countries that are deprived of the facility of internet and that has created a wide knowledge gap between them and developed countries. This, as a result, improves the standard of living for a person.

However the obvious disadvantage is the easy availability of obscene stuff that kids should not have access to. Illegal downloading of copyrighted stuff.

Internet has also made people's lives unsafe. Many have had the experience of fake pal friends who turned out to be serial killers or the age of their grandfather. Even many have committed suicide due to a heartbreak from their beloved online boyfriend who actually was their next door neighbor, a pathetic widowed aunt who she once tripped over!

And biggest of all, internet is the place where any tom, dick and harry will express his views. Those studying his views might be led to believe this is the case without knowing that it is just a person's opinion.
So watch out for any misleading advices out there!
yagnyavalkya
Internet is a necessity and the advantages and more and it is needed
nigam
Internet is important now a days especially if you need quick answers to your queries or talking to a friend who is in another country...so, it feels like you are still near to each other...just like my sister who is now living in london...so i can talk to her sometimes through internet...i guess, the disadvantage of the internet is that children will have a lesser time to study because they have more time to use computers and play online games and sometimes, they can even go to site which are not allowed for them to view or see Wink
Bikerman
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Mrs Lycos
Munin wrote:

During the so-called Pirate Bay trial one of the defendants declared not to use the term IRL (In Real Life) longer. They say AFK, thus Away From Keyboard. There may be one of the wisest said in a courtroom, for he was really right. If it's happening on the Internet also happens in real life.


I don't agree with you there, that it was the "wisest said in a courtroom". It's about concepts here. If you use "keyboard" as a central element in the phrase (if you are away from it or not) then all is revolving around being connected to a PC or the internet or not. And life is not like that. And if it is, then it is sick. You can't spend most of your awake hours connected to the internet, having your life in a virtual environment. It is that, "virtual" and not real. And not real life.
baboosaa
No matter how internet was developed and where it will we go. But the very basic thing which we want from internet is INFORMATION. So the most important advantage is that it speeded up the speed of informaton flow and its impact. And another side of th coin is you really donot have any method to be assured that the information is true, which is greatest disadvantage
yagnyavalkya
THe advantages outweigh the disadvantages
c'tair
I think we don't fully know the the whole impact of the Internet. Whilst instant global communications is pretty obvious, we don't know how it will effect us in terms of psychology, society or even biology.

Imagine, just 10-20 years ago you couldn't shop online, call your international friends for free every day, check stuff like weather all over the world or even find shops thanks to google maps - you had to go to a store and hope they had what you wanted, pay an arm and a leg for international calls, tune in to the TV or radio during specific times of the day for weather forecasts and finding shops... you had to do that by foot, advertising or word of mouth.

Just look at how information acquisition has changed - 20 years ago you were SERVED information - you had to be in the right place and the right time to get info, news, reviews etc. Now you DEMAND information and it is beamed into your computer instantaneously ANYTIME and ANYWHERE in ANY FORMAT or LANGUAGE. That's 20 years and a whole world of difference.
Dennise
On the plus side:

The 'net' is like having fast access to the world's biggest library ... right from the comfort of your own home. The net keeps you conveniently informed. It can be a wonderful educator. It fosters trade and commerce e.g. Craigs List and Ebay and increases competition. The net is green - one no longer must one use energy to run around searching for information.The net is an equalizer as internet costs go down.

On the minus side:

The net still is the untamed wild wild west of the information age - anything goes and the truth is often hard to get at. The net can foster social isolation as people sit behind their PCs instead of interacting with real people in real time. Instead, the net allows people to assume false identities that can take a long time to uncover. Crooks and neer-do-wells can hide in cyber-space for a long time. People with money e.g. politicians, can easily unethically exploit the net to further their own ambitions.

At the end of the day, we're all addicted to the net and it likely will never go away ... especially as long as we continue to have free speech.
sudipbanerjee
The Internet has become so important to our way of life; it’s everywhere, and so common that we only notice it when it’s not available. For Internet world came in our hand. Communication become just a matter of time. To get anytype of information we have Google or any other types of website. I think information and communication are two of the Internet’s biggest advantages, and those advantages are distinctive. Information can be shared across computers, localities, time zones, and countries. Multi-national corporations can keep a project going ‘round the clock, moving it between workstations electronically via the Internet. Communication can happen via e-mail, Instant Messaging, or file sharing. Even telephone calls can now travel via the Internet, in a process known as VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol.
Besides work, the Internet also enhances play. Music, pictures and video can all be shared with a worldwide audience via the Internet.
The Internet has a dark side also. It can be anonymous, or almost so, if you know how to cover your cyber address. This anonymity tempts people to do things they normally wouldn’t do in real life. Pornography sites have sprung up, some disguised as legitimate websites.
There are also threats to your computer and your personal information out in cyberspace. Computers run on programs, and those can be compromised by people with the technical knowledge and skill. They can figure out ways to infiltrate your computer. At the least, they can "spam" you with unwanted e-mail messages. At the worst, your computer may become infected with a "virus", a malignant program that takes over your computer. It may wipe out your hard drive and all the information on it, or send that information to the cyber-crook’s computer. Your personal information may be stolen, and that could lead to identity theft.

So Use Internet with proper precautions. Then your Internet experience can be very enriching, and you’ll soon discover that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
uchejohn
As the saying goes that anything that have an advantage must also have disadvantage. Internet is not an exception.
ADVANTAGES; in the early nineties, communication is a very difficult task especially in less developed countries but in this twenty first century, communication is easier and available in all locality.
Time is an important factor in every venture and organisation, internet services mail, goods, and other services delivery a very simple task.
Internet helps in the dissemination of information to any part of the world.
Internet helps in sharing of files i.e upload and download.
Internet is also a market for selling of goods and services of any kind.
Internet provides many employment opportunities. etc
DISADVANTAGES; internet transactions requires some criterion which may not be generally acceptable.
On the part of students, internet can be a corruption tool as most students spend most of their time in accessing erotic and pornographic sites.
Internet transactions may also be dubious.
In general internet services are does more good than harm.
Bluedoll
To sum up, I think that internet is a fantastic service, but how to use it depends on each one of us. - Mumin

Advantage
Generally it provides tons of information and interesting possibilites.
Personally allows me to interact and connect with other people.
Disadvantage
Generally some unwanted information making separating a challenge.
Personally little sense of community, even less hope of changing anything.
spinout
I must say that we have ruined a great export when the Norwegians got internet!
To the funny part: Norway has/had a law against pornografy and they crossed the border to buy it here (Sweden). Our gas stations at the border was filled with that kind of magazines Smile today that business is gone!
granvals
Internet can change the approach to learning; the Internet is conducive to the formation of students in the modern way of thinking, and it helps their socialization process, both to stimulate their creative potential, but also activate the idea of modern students, the network so that students are exposed to a diverse world culture exposed to open, efficiency, competition, equality awareness and global vision; their lot by reading the hypertext information online, hidden curriculum of the modern method of divergent thinking, to understand in dealing with complex matters surrounding it must be considered when The various links of things to change the traditional linear thinking inherent in rigid and narrow. Also exposes students to the world.

I think ahout them.
macky
Munin wrote:
The Internet is something that has bringed to life to much problems, yes, but it’s quite stable since it has become part of our lives.

There is talk of child pornography, crime, fraud and other awful things that certainly are there, because of those topics, many people (specially, parents) thinks that Internet is harmful to teenagers and younger ones. But I think they’re wrong, internet is quite amazing.

On one hand, exists the possibility of interaction between masses, for examples in the forums, where you can talk about anything, get and give answers or give your oppinion about a certain thread.
In addition, there is “blogging”, where you can express your own point of view of the world or the things with total freedom and no one can judge you, it’s like a little personal place where you put in letters your feelings or your thoughts.
Plus, we cannot forget about the instant messaging (IM), like MSN, ICQ, GTalk, Y! Messenger, IRC and more. Those programs brings you the chance to communicate with anyone on any site of the planet and it’s a way to promote the intercultural exchange.

On the other hand, yes, there are violators, thieves, gamblers, swindlers and all the scum that there is on the real world, maybe because internet IS PART of the real world as well.
During the so-called Pirate Bay trial one of the defendants declared not to use the term IRL (In Real Life) longer. They say AFK, thus Away From Keyboard. There may be one of the wisest said in a courtroom, for he was really right. If it's happening on the Internet also happens in real life.
What I want to clarify is that all the thugs listed above are part of the society, so to free us up of them, the society must change, internet is a tool, and as such it can be used for good or not, but it depends on how we use it.

To sum up, I think that internet is a fantastic service, but how to use it depends on each one of us.



internet is one of the global that communicates many people... it is that many people abusing the use

of it...
chatrack
Hi,

The best about Internet is communication. It can not communicate all our feelings and emothions how ever good the MIC and WEB CAM is...its disadvantage.
yagnyavalkya
There are some disadvantages of Internet
acter
overall it has more advantages as compared to dis advantages!
spinout
in our news papers the wikileaks page is in focus.

The advantage of internet is the idea of data getting from a to b EVEN if one route is disabled, ie getting another route. military stuff from the beginning if I don't misunderstand.
in case of war the wikileaks is both good and bad - in case of piece wikileaks is good in my opinion - hoping that it not creates war...!

internet is heaven for information!
Dennise
Pluses:

- it's like the most convenient and complete information source in the world
- with some effort, one can always find truth
- it can be accessed from nearly anywhere by anyone
- it's a political equalizer
- it's a progress enabler
- it can be VERY educational


Minuses:

- susceptible to commercial exploitation
- it's the wild wild west of the information age
- to easy to spread erroneous information or dis-information
- can be a real time consumer
rammy
The advantages of internet much than disadvantages. Internet has become an essential part of life. Without internet life is nothing. Internet is very important for business. However there are some disadvantages of internet as well.
75alex
Internet is just as anything else, it's as useful as you make it, nothing is 'good' or 'bad', ie: A knife can be used to cut potatoes or to cut arms, it's not the knife that is bad, it's how one uses it to achieve a bad purpose.
Of course internet has it's problems, especially for kids, but again it's up to parents to educate their children on how to use it properly.
codegeek
I think the advantages of the internet far outweigh its disadvantages. However, as is the case of everything that exists, the disadvantages and dangers are not really inexistent.
ethan_brown
Advantages of having internet : -
Communication :- One of the best and far most important Benefit. One communicate easily on the internet whether for business purpose or personnel .
world shrinking
growth in tech
monetory benefits
easy computer file sharing :- Having internet means you can share files ( mp3,pdf,word file etc ) with anyone in the world

Disadvantage : -
humans becoming lazier :- Worst Effect of having internet .
creation of more sofa potatos:-
addictive
Porn
explicit content
frauds
spinout
advantages:
Easy to pay bills, porn, porn ,porn, porn .a.s.o. forever

As a scientist said aprox; we today have 50 % porn on the net - tomorrow when the elderly learn to use internet it will be 95% porn. Laughing
Iceaxe0410
I think the main advantages of the Internet outweigh the disadvantages. Some are a little of both. You have all the information you could possibly want at your fingertips. But, at the same time, do we need all that information? How many times have you learned something completely useless for no reason at all other than coming across it? Some information can be dangerous and illegal. You have a beginner's guide to criminal activity or how to commit atrocities without getting caught. Useful information to some, but a detriment to the victims it affects.

Another example is communication and social networking. It has bridged the gap between cultures and people around the world. Some may say that's a good thing, but I also see it as a bad thing. It goes along with having too much information. You start to learn things about people that you didn't want or have to know. You start to judge people more because you feel like you know them rather than being just acquaintances or complete strangers.

It also makes information travel much faster. Which is good for things like emergencies or to get people together to fund a project. Or support something. Get information out to a music artist's fans. It helps a lot of people. But, just like many things, it can ruin people as well. Defamation of character, slander, extortion, etc. Those things can happen and probably happen more often because of the nature of the Internet. Word travels fast and a person's life can be ruined overnight by some false accusation or embarrassing moment caught on camera.

It has become the new entertainment media. It will slowly take over tv, cable, satellite or at least a big chunk of the industry.

In other words, it keeps people amused and interested in something when they are otherwise bored and I think that's a good thing.
Arrogant
We can't just point out the disadvantages of internet where humans are at fault. The misuse of internet does't put internet at fault. Deception, crime, fraud and other awful things existed way before internet existed.

Nobody can disagree internet has way more advantages.It facilitates Communication
chatrack
Hi,

Disadvantage:

1. It makes us tied to technology, so less depend on human physical potentials
2. It provides tones of data at a time, get more difficult to process
3. addicting e-social life rather than real life
amagard
One disadvantage of the internet is that you can not print it. Very Happy

Now, seriously: one disadvantage of the internet is that you can not control the durability of information. Something posted once might never go away, even if it becomes invalid. One the other hand: many documents posted become incomplete real quick if they user hyperlinks - due to dead links caused by sites either going away or being re-arranged.
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