The internet is a great invention because it makes things a great deal easier for us nowadays. It is also helpful in many ways, especially, in the way of convenience. Rather than go somewhere to pay your bills, you can just do it online with a credit card. You can also check your bank statements and find out where you stand financially. These are example of good ways that the internet helps out in the world. I would have to agree with David Rothenberg when he says that the web is ruining student’s research papers. If I was a collage professor and I were to see that all of my student’s papers seemed so fake, I would be devastated. When the internet is abused to the point where it is used for just anything will affect the loss of originality, laziness, and students reading less.
While students are in collage, they do many research papers on certain topics. Most of them dread doing these kinds of papers because the numbers of pages are high. They are also time consuming and that is a big issue to a student because we all have our own lives, most of us, as we know, never have much time to spend on just a paper. So, most of the students in college try to do the easiest thing, like resort to just the internet. There is a very important term that is used in college a lot, that term is called Plagiarism. If any student turns in a paper that is plagiarized, they are kicked out of that college and given a large fine. The internet plays a big role on this word. So many people are victims of plagiarism because they only use the internet and forget about using other sources like encyclopedias, books, and newspapers. Back then, it wasn’t a problem, but nowadays people just what to do things the easy way.
Secondly, since the internet is revolved around everything we do, students have now become lazy. Most of the world advertises that school assignments must be revolved around computers; even librarians say this as well. The more our technology develops in this world, the easier everything becomes. Nowadays, it’s about what makes your life easier and more convenient and I think there should be a change. On the internet there are so many short-cuts. Instead of reading carefully, and synthesizing, we do cut and paste, change the font size, and readjust the margins. Professors want students to take the time with language, meaning, and ideas. It is better to be creative with your own words rather than somebody else’s. If we keep abusing the internet for laziness, then our passion for what we believe in will be gone.
Finally, the internet has affected peoples desire to read. Nowadays, students have short attention spans that keep them from learning what is required. If two students were to do a research paper and debate each other, would you think the person that did it the easy way would have a better chance at winning, rather than the other that devoted the time and effort? I don’t think so. It is important to read different books to obtain knowledge. In the long run, that will make your life easier because you will have prior knowledge of many different aspects in life. A passion for reading is like a gift that many people don’t have, so use it as much as you can. When doing research papers, the whole point is to get as much knowledge about that certain topic as possible. If everything is done the easy way, then what would be the point of going to school?
To conclude, the internet was created to make life more convenient and that is a great aspect. It can also be abused and made to make everything easier for students that don’t what to put forth the effort. In the long run they will just be cheating themselves. I don’t want to be one of those people that become lazy without knowledge, and neither will you. Students that work hard with a passion will far surpass those who are lazy without discipline. If I was a professor, I would rather read and grade creative thoughts than thoughts that are just positioned and copied. In this world, as things in life get easier, it is always good to be the hard worker