The Internet could be called one of the greatest technological advancements in history. Of course there are other things that have been invented that play a vital role in our progress as humans such as electricity and running water, but we would not be where we are today if we did not have the Internet. With the increase in accessibility to so much information there are people that think the Internet might not be so great. I can see both sides of this argument.
On one side of the argument, there is the view that the Internet is wonderful for connections and learning new things. Along with the internet comes social media. Social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family as well as meet new friends and make new connections. There are sites like Facebook where old friends can reconnect and there are also sites like eHarmony where people can make new connections and start new relationships. The Internet is a place that has so much information. Wikipedia has over 5 million different articles and that is just a small portion of the amount of information that is available to anyone who wants to access it.
On the other side of the argument, the Internet is ruining face-to-face relationships and can be dangerous. Whenever I am around people who are a generation or two older than me, all I hear about is how people my age don’t know how to get off their phones and have a conversation, something I also agree with. People my age are so used to having so much going on that it is hard for them to stay off their phone. It is a lot like the article The Juggler’s Brain where they talk about how there is so much that we are used to seeing that we don’t actually get to know most of the stuff we are looking at. Another reason some people don’t like the Internet is the dangers it brings. People have no accountability on the Internet because they can be completely anonymous and that gives people a lot of freedom. That is why older men can pretend to be younger than they actually are and trick young girls into dangerous situations. People also can get their identities stolen or give money to places that aren’t actually what they say they are. Another danger that parents might worry about is the information that their kids can have access to. Kids can find so much that they probably shouldn't find out until they are older.
There are many different arguments for why the Internet is good and for why it is bad. My personal opinion is that the Internet is one of the greatest resources that we have if people know how to use it properly.