It is now possible to perform everyday tasks such as banking, shopping and business transactions without meeting people face to face. What effects may it have on the individual and society as a whole?
Nowadays, the Internet has impacted on our daily life far more significantly than any other technologies. However, whether the individual and social dilemmas it causes outweigh the benefits remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that despite the detrimental aspects, we cannot just refuse to enter the brand new world.
First, it is obvious that the online life style has made our life definitely more convenient. With a click of mouse, for example, we can easily transfer cash to another account without bothering the bank clerk, or order some commodities in the online shop and wait for the delivery with ease. Therefore, more and more people, no matter what ages or from what society class, are prone to rely on Internet.
Whereas, there are also some acute facts that entwine with the popularity of the World Wide Web. If netizen addicts to the computer completely, they may indulge in the virtual world, and lose the capacity to communicate with others in the real world. Meanwhile, sitting in front of computer may also bring along the sedentary lifestyle, which will make people lack of physical exercises, and thus cause severe problems like weaker eyesight and radiation.
Personally, I think we should achieve a balance between the Internet’s benefits and risks. We should send short messages to our friends as well as finding opportunities to meet and chat in person. We should not only embrace the new things, but keep the merits of traditional one.
In sum, like other powerful tools, the Internet has the potential to create positive and negative outcomes. What is important is to teach users how to fully harness the power of the technology and be aware of the shortcoming of it and avoid it. Only by doing so can we ensure that we can find a way to be the master of Internet and not vice versa.