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What are the advantages and disadvantages of global connectivity?

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Both the advantages and disadvantages revolve around the word "connectivity." Global connectivity allows people throughout the world to contact each other, or connect, via the internet. This is an obvious advantage when such connection can save lives (e.g. if someone were lost in the wilderness and needed help) or help prevent disaster (e.g. warnings of a storm headed your way), or facilitate understanding. It's also an advantage in learning. We can not only write to someone on the other side of the globe almost instantly, but also see and talk with them simultaneously. We can take classes in other countries online, or learn a foreign language without leaving our homes, or find a "video pal" instead of a traditional pen pal. Business executives can have a video conference, rather than taking an international flight. Government leaders can communicate faster and easier than ever before.

But connectivity has a down side. The increased global reach of the internet allows anyone to contact...

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