A matter of heated controversy at present is the issue of whether the Internet has revolutionized our world or it has brought us many problems and inequalities. Strong arguments exist in support of both sides of the debate, which implies that it is worth examining both points of view before reaching any conclusions.

There is no doubt that the Internet has changed our world in several ways. First of all, the Internet brings the world closer, and thusdistance is no longer a matter of concern for people from different geographical areas. In fact, with a number of useful tools such as Yahoo messenger, Skype and many other social networks, you can have countless friends from almost all corners of the world, and students studying overseas can get contact with their families and relatives almost daily. Moreover, with the aid of the email and other internet-assisted media, our working environment becomes more professional and working time more flexible. Instead of doing a 9-to-5 job and spending hours travelling to and from work daily, telecommuters now can work far-from-the-office and get their work done via electronically. . Even if you are going on a fieldtrip, you can always be connected with your colleagues by means of wireless internet or 3G systems. In addition, the Internet is also an abundant source of information. The e-news is updated every second and you can search for the information of all fields you need.

On the other hand, from a social stand-point, I am totally convinced that the Internet is also the cause of many troubles. From the onset, pornography is the major disadvantage of the Internet. This is perhaps the biggest threat against our children?s mental health. These kinds of debauched content can be a detrimental factor leading the youth to many social evils and crimes. A further common criticism is the theft of personal information. If you use the Internet, you may be facing grave danger as your personal information such as name, address, credit card number can be accessed by other culprits to make your problems worse. Other negative aspects of the Internet are virus threat and spamming. Spamming refers to sending unwanted e-mails in bulk, which provides no purpose and needlessly obstructs the entire system, thus frustrating your business everyday. Virus is nothing but a program which disrupts the normal functioning of your computer systems. Computers attached to internet are more prone to virus attacks and they can end up into crashing your whole hard disk, causing you considerable headache.

To sum up, the Internet can be seen as a revolutionary invention, while producing several disadvantages as well. The most important thing is that you must realize all both sides to balance the time using the Internet and find ways to use it more efficiently.