Is The Internet Helpful Or Hurtful?

The internet attracts students, teachers, researchers, and the average individual interested in the online community, but is the internet helpful –or hurtful? Nicholas Carr in his essay “Hal and Me” argues that, “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle” in result of the internet (Carr, 13). Although Carr is correct, the internet can encourage a laziness in regards to deeper reading and a resentment towards focusing for long periods of time, but the internet is a tool, and the user dictates the usefulness of that tool. If used the right way, the World Wide Web, through its ability to present thousands of databases in the safety of your home, can aid in a student’s academic career, and not kill their ability to concentrate.
Nicholas Carr says, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski” (Carr, 14) in a sense, the
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If you learn from the internet or lose your ability to concentrate, like Nicholas Carr found, all depends on how you use the internet. The honest answer is this, the internet has millions of articles for our picking, and to taste all of the fruit it offers would be unrealistic and ineffective. So naturally we have search engines, and social media, but if the user simply abuses this luxury of hyperlinks and easy-to-find information, typically their concentration will dwindle. The effectiveness of the World Wide Web will only reach her full potential if conservatively used, to allowing a mental informational database to grow. The internet attracts so many people because of its ability to jump through buckets of material in a timely fashion. Use the internet to gain knowledge and not an easy way out and the tool becomes an invaluable asset to your everyday life. To finish, the internet is helpful to all its users –if used correctly-- and can allow the data hunter to concentrate on the important information, and leave out the

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