Saturday, May 22, 2010

Virtually Real

Nowadays when I look around I see how the internet has become an intrinsic part of our lives.Previously people had friends.We had the television.Now we have the internet.Sample these:

1.Previously we had sessions of gossip over the telephones and in the neighbourhood roadside stalls.Now we have sessions of debating on different forums and chatting via the different chat programs.

2.There was a time when socialising meant going out with people.Going to parties or on outings,meeting new people making friends.For our generation of young adudlts socialising mainly means Facebook,Myspace,Orkut etc.

3.”So how did you guys first meet?” previously at this question the blushing couple would look coyly at each other and then state how they first met at a party or some festival or some ceremony.Nowadays most people meet in these goddamn social networking sites.”We met on Facebook!”Damn it!!Whatever happened to good old school romance and discreet courting?

4.Our parents get their dose of news and happenings around the world from the newspapers and the News channels.Most of us get our daily share of news from Google,Yahoo,the different news sites or as is the latest fad Twitter.

5.Old school friends or acquaintances you haven’t had the chance to meet in a while keep in touch via the internet.

So you see-for many of us,our lives are virtually dependent on the internet.How about that huh?Terminator 5 the rise of the internet!!!

So the next question is-Is this a good thing or a bad thing?Unfortunately the answer isn’t that easy.Like every phenomenon of recent times-Internet to has it’s good sides and it’s bad sides.It’s like nuclear energy.You can use it whichever way you want to.

Let’s discuss some of the perceived ill-effects of the Internet:

1.It exposes young children to certain things beyond their age.Out of natural curiousity they take in these things which often tend to have a bad impact on their growing years and leads to a lot of adolescent rage.

2.Cyber crime rates have increased so much.These crimes are directly the result of the widespread acceptance of the internet.Rather the dependence on Internet.

And now what are the good effects?Basically there are a lot of uses of the internet-however to name a few:

1.We can meet people of different countries and different parts of the world through the net.We come to know of various cultures and different ways of life of people through here.

2.We get to meet a lot of like-minded people who share the same interests and the same views as us.

3.Sites like Wikipedia are a huge database of information and helps enrich our knowledge about various noteworthy events of this world.

4.The internet has become a source of jobs for many people .

So we see that the benefits of the virtual world far outweigh the ill-effects.It’s not a bad thing to be addicted to the net as long as you are using it constructively.So I guess in the end we can definitely say-LONG LIVE THE INTERNET!!!



Samadrita said...

Very well-written article.Believe me or not I'd been intending to write a similar post one of these days.But I guess you did the job for me.
Internet too is just a tool.It's only upto us to decide what use to put it to. :)

eddie said...

ill effect of internet...
1)soumya banerjee
2)anish dutta
3)pratyush tripathy..... :P :D