how the Web has transformed books and education

Once upon a time, studying required going to a book store or library and searching for hours for what might be that perfect book with the perfect quotation by that specific person.  Today, there is a way that has erased all of the agony our ancestors endured, and that is called the web.  By simply typing a quotation or author you can get what you are looking for.  Today you can have 1000 of pages of writing condensed in one little tablet.

As scary as it is, internet really is replacing everything, including a classroom education, a book, a date, a travel agent, a phone number, my list goes on and on… and on.  “An Oxford study says the internet is now the default place for information for next generation users.”  It is the easiest and most sufficient way of gathering recourses, and our world does not know what to do about it.  How are we supposed to change centuries of traditions?  Perhaps it is all changing for us and subconsciously we are all sucked in it.  We cannot even control our education system, for the internet has taken over.  People are downloading ivy league school lectures on their iTunes, so why do they actually have to move on campus?  “In the US, more than 2,300 school districts have begun programmes using iPads – and a growing number of classrooms have one per pupil.”

Although I believe this is in INCREDIBLE advance in our history, I also feel that it excuses laziness and activeness. I believe that going to school, studying hard, and interacting with teachers and students is all apart of an education. It is not only about the names and dates.  By relying so much on our computer screens we are taking that interactive and growing experience away and I believe that is a shame.  Although this is true, there are many positive aspects that perhaps cancel this belief out.  For example, money.

University tuitions tuitions today are so high, it feels like a joke.  Unless you are academically gifted and can get all the scholarships in the world you need deep pockets to go to a private American university.  With the internet as a source of education, this solves a lot of financial problems.  In this case, these online institutions might as well be called miracles, because now many more people have the possibility of an education and that is all that really matters.

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Facebook affects grades of university students

In todays society Facebook is clearly dominating much of peoples social lives.  Because of this, it is one of the biggest distractions, especially to university students.  Even so, is it fair to blame Facebook for the poor delivery of students work or would those students find a way to distract themselves without Facebook?  Alex Wilhelm argues that ‘bad students gonna be bad.’  Before it was chatting all night on the phone, then it was instant messaging, and now it is Facebook.  Wilhelm says that it is not Facebook that is the issue but it is simply that many students “want to do something other than homework…” and therefore they use Facebook, just like people used to doodle in their journals.  Although I understand this hypothesis, I think that Facebook wins the prize for a students ultimate distraction.

Facebook controls  much of kids, teens, and adults social lives.  It consumes so much time out of our day, when you are on and off the computer.  Many even refer to it as a drug or an addiction.  It is such a simple and easy way to talk with others and see what people are up to.  I cannot deny that I too am completely hooked.  Even so, is Facebook really only fun and games?  Is it really a genius invention that has altered the way we can all connect or is it actually this addictive drug?  Facebook has become one of the biggest distractions amongst university students, to the point where their grades are suffering the consequences, more so then the old fashioned all night phone calls.

People pay no money, effort or time when they simply type FACEBOOK on to their browser, making a lazy kids ultimate distraction.  Their is really no way of escaping it… and I have found very few people that can.  Even when I go in to the school library, a place created for people to strictly focus on their studies, everyone has their Facebook pages up.  As much as I think Facebook is positive in terms of connecting people from all over the world, and sharing things about yourself, I think it truly has not helped with anyones academic lives.  Their have been numerous times where I have had to deactivate my Facebook during an exam week, and I know I am not the only one.

The problem is that we have no way of changing this distraction, it is here to stay, and may eventually even get worse as technology advances.  Perhaps, grade schools should train students how to manage their time and then there will be a solution.