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Desay Htoo
Ms. Hull
ENGL 2010
03/10/15

The Internet and Society Today


Position: Today, there is a new problem facing society, with the internet starting to
replace face to face communication. The internet has created a new world for people. In todays
society, almost everybody from elementary students to adults use the internet for communicating.
Although, the internet has been making life easier for people, some people still question the
impact it has on people. Having
the internet in schools creates
many distractions and gives
more opportunities for students
to cheat and communication
skills between each person start
degrading. Although some
people think that using the

Figure 1: Everyone uses technology, even children.


This means that everyones communication skills are
affected.

internet in school is not necessarily a bad thing. These people believe that as long as the parents
know how to manage their children when they use the internet and set up the rules for them,
using the internet wont become a problem for the students and for those around them. This is
true to an extent, but using the internet is still detrimental to in person communication skills and
studying habits.

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Students who use the internet a lot dont communicate in person as much as other people
do. According to Joseph Mazer, an assistant professor at Clemson University, if a person has
poor face-to-face communication skills that individual will likely be more attracted to the social
features of online communication. This means that a person who is already lacking in personal
communication skills will continue to have their skills degrade instead of improving. Even in my
own experiences, I have communicated with a friend through social media such as Facebook,
even though the person I was messaging was less than 10 feet away from me.
Students are going to school to
learn, but young people can be easily
distracted from their studies. If they have
internet access on their cellphones during
class, the students are probably focusing
more on their cell phones than focusing
on the lecture their teachers are giving. As
the material in class becomes boring, they
might log into their Facebook, Snapchat,

Figure 2: Todays young people would rather


communicate via the internet rather than in
person, even if the person theyre
communicating with is nearby.

or Twitter to find something more interesting to them. Another problem schools are facing today
is that students often cheat during exams. Passing notes between one another is an old story, but
as the technology is improving, finding the answers become easier for students by googling the
questions and receiving results immediately. Taking it one step further, students can easily excuse
themselves to the washroom, just to use their time to send e-mails or use social media during
class time.

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Even though some people believe that the
internet can benefit a persons communication
skills, such as giving a person new and creative
ways to express themselves. Also, according to
one of the editors for The Lance, Erin Steward,
stated that Of course the use of technology can be
good. It provides us with faster, more efficient
ways to communicate with others, but it can also
harm our ability to communicate with people face
to face. Many complain that our new digital skills
impact our ability to write properly. We look old
fashioned on paper (Steward). Yes, the internet
did change the way we used to think. However, it

Figure 3: Because of the


internet, people have
instant access to thousands
of interpersonal methods of
communication.

has an overall negative effect on personal communication skills because people choose to e-mail
one another and also tend to forget the way people used to communicate. I dont think a lot of
young people who grow up with shyness or loneliness know how to communicate or interact
with others well because they lose the confidence they need to build up when they were little.
Studies show that good communication is important because when children become
adults and start applying for an interview, they wont know how to properly communicate with
their interviewer, which can result in not getting the job. Another thing is that kids are so focused
on social networking on their phones that they spend less time on school work, causing them to
have bad grades. Among young people, they might know how to communicate between one

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another but sometimes it might be difficult for them to ask for help from adults due to their
poorly developed communication skills.
In conclusion, The Internet is known as one of the most important resources of all time,
so many people have different opinions based on what impact it has on us. I personally think that
the internet is replacing face to face communication. The internet is augmenting already poorly
developed communication skills and provides far too many ways to interpersonally communicate
with those around us.

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Proposal: As stated
above, the internet is having
negative effects on peoples
personal communication skills.
This is a major problem due to
the many negative effects it can
have, such as poorly
performing in a job interview,
distancing yourself from those
close to you, and other such
problems. I propose that we can

Figure 4: If communication classes are established at


early levels in the public education system, the negative
effects on our communications skills brought by the
internet will become almost negligible.

solve this problem by introducing and establishing communication classes starting as early as
elementary school. This way, people will be taught not only the methods on how to effectively
communicate both personally and interpersonally, but will also learn the importance of
communicating effectively. Some may say that my proposal will increase the length
and costs of students education. This can be countered by other cutting preexisting programs and courses, or introducing more elements of communication into
other classes such as English.

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