You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Nowadays more and more people have access to the Internet. But constant availability of any information worsens people’s memory and critical thinking skills. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Often internet has been under criticism for its adverse effects on the intellectual skills of a person. Acknowledging the fact that internet offers enormous opportunities for the common man in every field, I have to admit that its overdependence arrests an individual’s cognitive and intellectual abilities.
The first reason behind my criticism is because of the intrusion of internet in every walk of human life. To be precise, human dependency on this service is seen in his most sophisticated activities like space exploration as well as in the solving simple mathematical problems such as sale of a product. Even though in the first case, its service is a necessity, in case of the latter, it is used just to ease the ‘cognitive struggle’. Similarly, many people today can hardly recall important data including personal passwords as they find it easy to store any number of such information on the internet. I admit both these provisions which this virtual platform offers are actually a boon, but when it is used consistently, the human brain would transform itself to a ‘vestigial organ’.
On the other hand, internet helps man to acquire a range of skills and knowledge which nurtures his critical thinking skills. For example, a person at one end of the world can share his thoughts and intellectual skills to another who is in the farthest end. Similarly, enormous opportunities are provided on the net to acquire newer skills like interactive games and puzzles which can enhance a person’s memory and cognitive abilities.
To conclude, it is understood that, if used appropriately internet opens the doors of great opportunities to expand a person’s intellectual capacity. At the same time, its overdependence can definitely make man its intellectual slave.
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