2 April 2013
The Learning Curve: The Internet vs. Books
One thing I’ve noticed for sure is that nowadays more and more people use the internet as a source for information than books. Whether it’s an eBook or reading an article online, we use the web more habitually than we pop open a traditional printed textbook. How often do people today open up a dictionary to look up a word as oppose to “googling” it? Some can say that the internet is flooded with updating information but one can argue books are a more reliable and a genuine source. Though both the internet and books have their own distinctions, it all comes down to the question of how we learn better from different sources.
With the escalation of technology and the exponential increase of internet usage, most people I notice today rely on electronic resources for information, research, and data. Everywhere on campus I go, I see someone either on a laptop, phone or tablet with an application using the internet. As technology has changed and influenced teaching styles and learning methods, even teachers, business and office workers, depend on the internet and its multimedia platforms as a tool to teach their students or apprentices. YouTube and general search engines such as Google are examples of different platforms that are commonly used by teachers and students from middle school through college for educational purposes. I’ve noticed even my grandmother searching for a recipe on Google than using a cook book.
Many aspects that I find essential and very beneficial about the internet is that it gives discrete access to highways of information, data, and knowledge. Whatever topic or subject you desire to learn more of, the internet can provide instant access to tons of information on updated material of any sort. The internet is almost infinite, every second new content is added and about almost everything and from every point of view imaginable. Whether it’s...