Can anyone please help me in my debate about the Internet in terms of being a good communication and improves social lives?

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We can now "socialize" without leaving the home, via chatrooms, video chat, video conferencing and other internet based forums. This is a great help to those who are house-bound and for them, it would seem, obviously beneficial.

 

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I think the Internet has been enormously beneficial to my own social life.  Thanks to Facebook -- which I resisted for years -- I am now in regular touch with hundreds of people with whom I might otherwise have lost contact. These include family, friends, and former students. I have also made friends with people I have never even met. Email is another easy way to stay in good touch with people.

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The Twitter phenomenon is another way that the Internet has changed communications. With only 140 characters in a "tweet" a person might want to share a thought with the world, but they have be very concise in how they do it. Another interesting thing with Twitter is that you can "follow" someone who tweets about things that interest you, and it isn't like Facebook where you have to "friend request." You can learn about new people to follow by looking at who other people follow. It is all really quite interesting!

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The internet improves our lives because it keeps us in touch with people who are far away, and helps us reconnect with people we lose contact with.  I think that Facebook can be annoying, but I love how I can know what happens in the lives of old friends and family members.

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I think the internet helps some people develop communication skills and interact with peers in a more comfortable environment.  Sometimes it's easier to open up to someone when you are not face-to-face with them.  For someone who is shy, this can be the bridge to developing the skills necessary to communicate with others.  Ideally, they take these skills and transfer them to the non-virtual world rather than always "hiding" behind the computer.

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The internet makes it possible for us to be in touch with people who are long gone from our lives.  I have friends that I have "found" through the internet after having not actually seen them in 20 or 25 years.  This improves my social life by giving me more people to interact with, particularly ones from a past era in my life.

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The internet facilitates the spread of large amounts of information to a broad readership. Think of how easy (and affordable) it is to send out resumes when you are job-hunting today. That process used to involve dozens of envelopes and stamps.

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There are several things that you can say about how the Internet helps with communication and for this reason helps with the social lives of many people.

First, distance is a real factor when it comes to communication. With the Internet, people can communicate with ease. Moreover, this brings people from all over the world together. Programs like Skype and google chat even allow people to engage in video conferences.

Second, the Internet makes communication affordable. To call someone on the phone might still be too expensive for many people, especially if you wanted to talk to a person for a long time. However, with the Internet, communication is now free. This is a huge benefit for many people.

 

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