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How does the Internet benefit the students?
Over the past few years, the internet has played an increasingly significant role in the students' life. Many students use the internet for many purposes such as researching, communication, and entertainments. According to Carol Clark, “The internet is a worldwide network of networks, connecting computers that range from simple desktop models to the largest and most sophisticated super computers” (Clark p 3). In the late 1960s, the Defense Department had set up a computer communications network known as the Internet (Maloy p 17). The Internet started when Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) scientists started to connect university and government computers. The Defense Department officials wanted to use internet to communicate if a nuclear war causes conventional communications technologies to collapse, while on the other hand scientists and researchers needed a faster way to exchange data and electronic mail (Raymond p 11). Originally when first established,
the Internet was called the National Defense Highway System but later it
was known as the Information Highway. Now in the 21st century, the internet is being use by millions of people around the world for many purposes especially students.
Many students around the world today use the internet to do research for school because it’s faster and more convenient. According to Christopher
Simpson, "the Internet is a research tool of vast potential but using
it effectively is dependent on the knowledge of the real world and on the
traditional research skills and expertise that a research brings to it (Maloy p 67)”. Timothy Maloy also quoted that, “The internet is the “Mother of all Information Sources (Maloy p 14)”. Before the invention of the internet, in order to do researches a student would have to go to the library and look up in the card catalog, or ask the librarian in order to find the books related to their topic (Maloy p 63). With a computer that has access to the internet; a student can access faraway library catalogs, on-line references books and journals, and database anywhere and anytime (Clark p 5). People can get information in short amount of time.

This would make the students’ life easier in doing research papers for
school. Students can get all sources of useful information from any of the
search engine like Lycos, Goggles, Yahoo, etc…. Timothy Maloy, author of The Internet Research Guide stated that “Many people compare the Internet to a very large library” (Maloy p 63). The students use the World Wide Web, web pages, and browsers to do their research, exchange ideas, and join interest groups.

The World Wide Web, often abbreviated WWW, W3, or web, is an innovative hypertext/hypermedia system which allows you to follow facts, ideas, and texts from one hypertext link to another. There are 2 types of World Wide Web or www, hypertext and hypermedia. (Clark p 73)“Hypertext is information stored in a nonhierarchical structure in which each piece of hypertext is connected to one or more other pieces of hypertext by links” quoted by Carol Clark. Hypertext allows students to simply click on the link given, and it will take them to that document web. Another type is hypermedia, which refers to data that are not purely textual but include images and/ or sound (Clark p 73). Peter Kent quoted that, “The web has no capacity or limit. Web pages are being added every minute of the day, all over the world; the web is pushing the growth of the Internet” (Kent p 24)

Web pages, a combination of images, text, and sound, are documents that make up the WWW. In order to go to other WWW pages from you’re current web page, there will be certain words, images, or icons that act as links to other WWW pages. Students with access to the internet can go to any web pages on the WWW, even the ones located on the other side of the world (Clark p 74). A college student from California, can access a webpage on the WWW that is located in New York.

Another way to access to WWW is through browsers. Browsers allow you to browse through documents and explore links to other documents at the same or other sites which they exist on three different levels. The levels range from line mode to full graphic interface, allowing you to use as sophisticated a browser as you internet connection and software will support. The first level, or full graphic interface will display hypertext and hypermedia documents with text with a variety of fonts, colors, and sizes. The second level is, or full screen-interface, but without graphic. Texts are arranged in menus and you can move through them by clicking on the links, rather then the menu items. The third level is simple line browsers that do not have a graphic interface and are less then user friendly because they only show part of a screen at a time.

The internet offers students not only a quicker way to do research, but it also allow students to communicate with their families, relatives, or friends. They can use the internet for emailing, or chatting and instant messaging. The internet can also be used to make phone calls, or voice chat. Students, who are away from home find this way of communicating with their loves one very convenient and affordable (Gralla p 7).
Emailing, the most popular service on the internet, refers to messages sent electronically from one computer user to another. According to Carol Clark, “Many who regularly use e-mail never take advantage of the rich resources available through other internet protocols, viewing the Internet simply as a cheap and easy way to send messages to friends and colleagues. Others find that e-mail is an easy initiation to the internet.” (Clark p 17) Many students like emailing better then the mail carried by postal service because emailing is faster, less time consuming, and convenient (Raymond p 46). Most emailing messages will only take about a minute or two while the mail carried by the postal service will take at least two or 3 days. Most college students don’t have the time to sit down and write a letter to their friends or family, while emailing will only take them about 10 minutes to write and it’s sent instantaneously. Emailing is convenient because students can write and email messages with out worrying about penmanship or whether they have any stamps. It is also affordable for many students because once they are connected to the network, there are many sites that have emailing for free or low cost such as,, and etc (Clark 17).

With the invention of chat and messenger programs, users can interact with anyone with the same chat or messenger programs and they can send messages back and forth interactively (Clark p 58). When the student use chat and messenger programs, they type messages on their keyboard, and those messages are then instantly received by the people that they are communicating with. The students also receive the reply instantly (Gralla p 236). The only difference between chatting and messenger programs and talking on the telephone is that instead of hearing the other person’s voice, you see their replies on the chat or messenger window. Many students find this useful because they can chat or instant message anyone at anytime and as long you have connection to the internet, and just like emails most chat and instant messenger programs are free. There are a variety of chat and instant messaging programs in the internet you can pick from such as aim, yahoo, msn, and etc.

Over seas students tend to use the internet as their private telephone system because they can avoid paying all those long distance phone bill and it’s so simple to use. “With special telephone software, you can talk for free between your computer and any other computer anywhere in the world” stated Preston Gralla (Gralla p 8). With this program, a student is able to place calls from their computer to any telephone in the world, even though these international calls won’t be free, it is much lesser then making phone calls using the telephone. There are also programs such as voice chat on the internet. Instead of typing to them, you will be using your microphone speaking to them, and vice versa (Gralla p 9).

The internet can also be use as a source of entertainments to many students. The internet offers a variety of ways to entertain you ranging from playing games online, listening to free music, or just browsing through the web. Ilene Raymond stated that, “Games and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly” (Raymond p 98). There are many web pages where students can access to play games such as or They have from games such as word twist, pool, connect four, etc. The internet offers a variety of games for the students, starting from pres-school children up to college students (Raymond p 7). Many students tend to download games from certain web pages so they can play the game and also chat with their opponent at the same time. Students with a lot of free time tend to use the internet to listen to music or download music. There are many web pages on the internet where they offer you free music, ranging from classic oldies to the latest hit. This saves the student’s time because they don’t have to go to the CD store and look for their favorite artist, but instead they can just type in the name and the list will come up. The internet allow students search for anything, browse the web that is interesting, amusing, and practical in real life for them. Many students who read the news often use the internet to gain access to their local newspaper and read it online. Students who don’t have time to go to the mall because of their hectic schedules tend to do their shopping online. It saves time and more convenient.

Over a short period of time, the people who uses to internet grow more and more each year. Many colleges’ and schools’ computer lab have access to the internet. As the popularity of the internet increases, about nine out of ten household have access to the internet. Gray Young had quoted, “Currently, more then half of the internet’s users—62 million people---live in the United States “(Young p 95) With easier access to the internet, many students use the internet for different purposes such as researching, communication, and entertainments. Students use the internet to do researches because it is more convenient then going to the library, and it saves time. It is more convenient because they can use the internet to do researches anywhere, in an office, at home, or in a lab. Researching online is a lot quicker then doing research at the library because you can access other library’s catalogs, online reference books and journals and databases in a couple of minutes, instead of having to go to the library, look up your topic in the card catalog and then go look for books related to your topic. The internet also provides a place for student to socialize by communicating with their love ones. Emailing and instant messaging is easy, fast, and at low cost. When you email someone, it will only take about a minute or 2 for the other person to receive it while sending mail through the postal service takes at least 2 to 3 days. Instant messaging is even faster because it’s just like an on screen phone conversation because the other person receives the messages in an instant. With emailing and instant messaging, you do not have to worry about penmanship or having any stamps and many web pages on the internet offers free email accounts so basically it’s free of charge. Using the internet to make calls is affordable because most students don’t have the money to pay the cost of long distance calls. The internet is also a place of entertainment because there are millions of things students can do on the internet for fun. Listening to music, playing games, and browsing the webs are just some general things. According to a famous author Carol Clark, “The internet is more than anything else a state of mind. The internet is a desire to cross boundaries of place and politics and to communicate with others. It is a quest for knowledge. The internet is frustrating and exhilarating, rewarding and time consuming. The internet is very much what you make of it” (Clark p 7). The internet is what the students make of it, if they want to make it useful, they can do research, if they want to use it as a way to communicate, there’s always email and instant messaging, and if the students wants to have fun on the internet, they can always play games or listen to music, or etc.

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