Unit 2 Exercise 1

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The Internet

Is it good or bad?

But is the Internet a good thing or a bad thing? This week, we look at the good side of the Internet. We consider three areas. Firstly, we look at the Internet and research. Secondly, we think about the Internet and communication. Finally, we consider the Internet and social life.

With reference books, you had to sit in the library. You made notes from the books. You could not take the books home. Nowadays, you can sit at home or you can sit in the resource centre at school. You can find information on the Internet.

Then you asked the librarian for the book. Nowadays, you just type a question or some words into the search box of a website such as Google or Yahoo.

Nowadays, sites like Google search hundreds of thousands of websites. They often give you hundreds of results.

Letters took a long time. Telephones were in people’s houses. Sometimes the person was not at home. Telephone calls were expensive. Nowadays, you just send an email or write an instant message on MSN. The message arrives in seconds. It goes to the person, not the person’s home. It does not cost anything at all. You can even see each other if you have webcams.

Social life
People joined clubs or they bought specialist magazines. Nowadays, there are many websites, such as Facebook. Just create your own profile. People with the same interests will contact you.