Essay Surfing Internet

It is now the 21st century and there is hardly anyone who has not been exposed to the Internet world. Nowadays, children would rather find entertainment on their laptops, iPads, and 3G phones, rather than going outside and playing a game of football with their friends.

The internet has played a very important role in our daily lives because of the advantages it brings. Firstly, it makes our work a lot easier. Students can find information for their studies and then type it out on their computer, rather than write it out on a piece of paper. This has helped them save a lot of time.

Secondly, we are able to find out more about what is happening in the world. Because people all over the world is using the internet, we can get updated on news like politics, natural disasters, and even celebrity gossip. It has been predicted that newspapers will no longer be used in the near future, because the internet is much more efficient and quick.

Lastly, we are able to make new friends and connect with friends and family. Gone are the days of writing letters and long-distance calls, because now we can simply e-mail or video-call friends and family who live far away. The internet has brought a lot of people closer together.

The internet has also brought a lot of disadvantages into our lives. First of all, it is addicting. Many youngsters spend most of their time on the internet. This results in sickness, grades dropping, and loss of communication in the real world.

Secondly, the internet can influence the younger ones. Because it is so easy to find anything on the internet, they might be exposed to some sexual content or violence. They might also make bad friends on social networking sites. These ‘friends’ could trick them into giving out personal information to use for their own advantage.

In summary, I think that the internet can be useful to us, provided that we use it properly. Parents should keep an eye on their children who surf the internet to make it a safer experience for them.

**** authors note;
I wrote this essay while I was in middle school, and also English is not my first language, so I apologize for any grammatical errors, etc.

Part 1: Listen and Read: Read along with the audio recording.

In my free time, I really like surfing the Internet. When I get home from work, I turn on my computer, wait until it boots up completely, and then I go online. I still have a dial-up connection, but I'm switching to a broadband Internet service soon. It costs more a month, but Webpages load faster with a high-speed connnection, and I can upload and download files quicker. I usually check my email first and write a few messages first to family and friends. I sometimes scan the local news headlines at my favorite news Website and read up on the latest local and international news. This Website often provides video news clips that you can view online. I sometimes order products or service online to save money and time instead of going to a store and buying what I'm looking for. For example, I ordered a digital camera online the other day and saved about $50. Whatever I do, I realize that there are problems with using the Internet including scams, identify theft, and viruses, so I'm very careful not to give out my personal information. Furthermore, I don't download or open files I don't recognize. Using the Internet can be fun and convenient way of shopping and finding out new information, but you just need to be careful.

Part 2: Discussion

Come up with a short list of reasons for and against the use of the Internet in our daily lives. Organize your ideas from the strongest argument to the weakest, and then summarize your ideas. Make sure your ideas are based on fact and not just personal opinion.

Part 3: Online Investigation

Finding good Websites is sometimes more difficult than you think because there are so many of them out there. Now, use the Internet to find one Website you would recommend for each of these situations:

  • an online dictionary to help you find definitions and sample sentences
  • a service that allows you to create online photo albums of your pictures
  • an online directory of newspapers from around the world in English
  • a service that allows to make your own Webpage

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):

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