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Internet: Friend or Foe?

The internet is a glorious place. It gives us access to so much information, and it’s all at our fingertips. From things like asking how much water you should drink per day, to pressing world issues, chances are if you have any questions, Google will be your friend. But is the Internet really such a perfect fantasy land? Let’s see.

Ever since the internet became available to everybody, people are more and more involved and better connected than ever. You can skype with someone from anybody in the world, and message them anytime. You can scroll through Facebook or watch the latest funny videos on YouTube and upload all of your pictures to Instagram. The internet has many facets and has undoubtedly provided a great tool for the world. Young people are more informed than ever before, and many are using online platforms to make real change and to make the world a better place. How can any of that be bad?

Well, the internet isn’t just full of knowledge. It’s also a great tool to pass the time, whether it’s by playing games, sharing your life with your friends or uploading your favorite pictures. A study by the pew research center in the United States showed that 99% of 18-29 year olds use the internet, whereas in the year 2000 it was only 70%. 71% of teens said that they use more than one social media site. Most young people use them daily. Could you imagine having a day where you don’t check your Facebook timeline or your whatsapp messages? It has become a part of life at this point.

So while yes, the internet provides a great resource for information, it can also be very dangerous and addictive. One has to be very careful not to become addicted and really control your internet usage.

“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” Andrew Brown

Make sure that you’re not one of those people. Use the internet wisely and speak up for making it available to everybody in the world.

 

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