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Pros & Cons of Computers

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Computers have become a part of people’s everyday lives. Once upon a time, only the very rich had access to computers, because the technology involved was so expensive. However, technology has moved on so much and is in such high demand that prices have fallen enabling more people to use computers. Computers are used in the workplace and in schools, while people also use them in their spare time. You can do so much on a computer that it is very easy to spend too much time on them, since you can play games, do your shopping and communicate with others.

Spending too much time on your computer

Unfortunately, this can mean that other areas of your life suffer. If you spend all your free time chatting with your online friends you may not have as much time for your real-life friends. Even if it is your real-life friends you end up talking with, you can find yourself avoiding social situations because it is much easier to interact online than it is to make the effort to meet up in person. Thus, your relationships could suffer, especially if you become addicted to the Internet or playing computer games, so that you end up doing nothing else other than sitting in front of your computer screen.

Pros of using computers

There is a positive side to using computers, though, as you can find out what is going on in the world quickly by accessing various news and social networking sites. You can find music, film and other forms of media online with very little hassle and usually very little cost, if any at all. You can do your shopping online, so that you can save yourself some money and so you don’t have to leave your home. You can play games and find lots of ways to entertain yourself and become a better informed citizen when using a computer.

Plagiarism and copyright issues

However, people may have slightly too much reliance on computers. Indeed, there are plenty of examples of plagiarism, where students have copied and pasted some information they have found online and tried to pass it off as their own work. This isn’t particularly good, since students are getting degrees based on work they didn’t do, while the original author loses out by not being credited for his or her research. There is also a debate about intellectual property and whether users of the Internet should have to pay for the music and films that many of them download for free.

Moderation and right attitude is key

Overall, though, computers seem to have made a positive contribution to society, enabling individuals to communicate with others rapidly and to perform tasks much more efficiently than if they were to do them manually. The Internet, in particular, has changed the way that people view the world and how they live their lives.

More on computers: Cloud computing.

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