The internet often gets a bad rep. Parents worry that it’s ‘dumbing down’ their kids. And, they can hardly talk. But when you break these accusations down, there’s no factual basis. You could argue that language usage suffers because of abbreviations on social media, but that’s as far as it goes. And, with people correcting grammar mistakes at the drop of a hat, even that seems like a stretch. In many ways, the reputation comes from fear that we spend too much time online. Where knowledge is concerned, variety is a good thing, isn't it? Someone who undertakes different activities is surely in a better position to attain knowledge. That may have been true once, but the internet offers us all the opportunities we want. And, they're all in one package.
It’s time to stop seeing the internet as a knowledge sapping beast.
Instead, we should embrace it as a well of learning opportunities. No one can deny that the internet can teach us in a huge variety of areas if we use it right. And, use it right we should. If you’re fighting against the idea that the internet could help your brain, instead of rot it, here’s a low-down of a few of the benefits.
Some people ask the off the wall questions, while others run with a topic and get lost in the wealth of information out there. Writers turn to the net for all their research needs, and many students do the same. In many ways, we now have libraries at our fingertips. And, they’re open any time of day. In fact, you could argue that the internet is better than libraries of old for the accumulation of knowledge. Before, you had to work with limited resources, and one or two books on a topic at most. Now, you have access to so much more than that.
Of course, internet knowledge isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. The trouble with the net is that anyone can publish information and claim it as fact. Sites like Wikipedia enable members of the public to edit and add information. There’s no denying that this sharing of knowledge is fantastic. But it’s not without its problems. How can you know what’s true? One way around the problem is to gain information from official, or trusted resources. And, to be on the safe side, it’s always worth obtaining information from more than one source.
Talking of knowledge; the internet has made a huge difference to learning. Instead of moving your life to be near to a university, the net offers you the chance to learn from wherever you are. Long-distance learning can make a huge difference to people’s lives. It helps young students who live in remote areas. It also helps adults who want to return to learning, but need to fit it around their work lives. In short, it makes learning more accessible for everyone. And, to make it even better, it’s often a much cheaper option than a physical course would be. After all, you won’t have any lecturers or classrooms to use. All you pay for is the material and the marking process. There’s no denying that learning this way isn’t for everyone. The unmotivated among you may struggle. But, it’s the perfect solution for someone with enough getup and go to get the work done.
It’s also worth noting that not all courses work best in this format. While it is possible to do practical courses long-distance, it’s not always the best choice. Something like a hairdressing course or a nursing degree would be best done in person. But academic subjects work well in this format. Something like a BA Organizational Leadership Online course, or an english literature degree, would work perfectly. Long-distance learning is now big business. Many companies and universities are getting involved. Don’t jump into the first course you find. Shop around like you would if you were attending a real school.
No Funny Business
Online developments have also seen a rise in entrepreneurial business pursuits. The most obvious benefit would, of course, be online opportunities like blogging, or online shops. But, the net has also made a huge difference to the amount of physical start-ups out there. Why? Because of the learning opportunities! Before, people didn’t know how to get started. Now, they can hit the net and find out in no time at all. They can take advice from the people who have succeeded, and get started on their own. Plus, they can check out the business websites of the competition for an idea of what to do. Never before has it been so easy to find out how to get started on your own. Is it any wonder that so many people are taking full advantage of the fact?
Wide Reaching News
Another huge learning benefit is the wide-reaching access to news we now have. Before, we based our world opinions off the reporting of one or two new sources. As such, we received a somewhat narrow view of what was happening in the world. And we certainly didn’t have access to news across the world. Now, though, there are no limits to the news we can access. Most newspapers in the world have websites we can visit. And, people share news themselves on platforms like social media. As such, we have more knowledge of the world around us than ever before. Of course, each source will still have some bias. But, take our previous advice and look at different sources. You’ll be up to date on world issues in no time. And, it’s all thanks to that ‘mind-numbing’ internet. Funny that.
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