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IS THE INTERNET MAKING US STUPID?

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The world as we know and are supposedly watching unnfold before us is rapidly upturning into a globalized village, some might say it already is. A village used as a metaphor in this context seeks to depict the figurately easy and simple, yet inherently complex media for the flow of information.

With the advent of Covid-19, the use of internet has become inevitable due to the necessary precautionary measures that restricts physical interaction. The internet is one of the only few means of human interaction possible during the pandemic. With the availability of the internet, students can access virtual classes without being held back during the lockdown, adults can also work online and still be paid equally as during physical workdays, and international conferences can be made possible etc

It is noticeable that no amount of virtual meetings can completely replace the feeling of sobriety that accompanies human interaction. Humanity is an institute of socialization and we need to communicate to feel whole. The inaccessibility to these regular interactions makes us feel numb and the internet is a less uplifting approach to replacement. The feeling of numbness that comes with prolonged deprivation of physical interaction can reduce the quality of one’s cognitive ability over time.

The internet is a great tool to expand one’s scope of knowledge. On the internet, an individual is exposed to all kinds of resources, textbooks, literature, articles, publications, journals etc that he/she might be barred access from physically due to some obstacles like finance, lack of space or proximity.

Mental health is a significant issue of discourse in today’s world. Some messages and resources available on the internet foster a rapid decline in the mental health of a considerable number  of netizens. The internet influences and takes over the minds of people subtly but progressively. Quite a number of people would rather not put their time and energy to good use, rather they would surf the internet, indulging in non- progressive activities like pornography, plagiarism, cyber-bullying, stalking etc


It can be argued that individuals, mostly youths, have lost the zeal to originate their own ideas, instead they plagiarize and patchwrite from online sources without attribution, quotation or referencing.



As written by Fawziyyat Yusuf

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