Many people are choosing to find information online rather than in books. Is this development positive or negative?

An increasing
number
of people nowadays choose to seek
information
and answers to their queries online, rather than to seek the same using books. I view
this
change as a positive development as far as ease of accessibility is concerned.
However
,
this
change has had a detrimental effect on the trustworthiness of
information
available.
First
and foremost, with a constant and rapid increase in the
number
of people with access to the internet, the entirety of the vast collection of human
knowledge
is now available at people’s fingertips.
In contrast
to books, which may be limited in their range and scope, the internet has enabled people to obtain
knowledge
, to the extent and detail that they may desire, whenever they may choose to do so.
This
choice is not constrained by geographical location or by time, only by their connectivity and desire.
For example
, there has been a
rise
in the
number
of people enrolling in online courses to enhance their skills and
knowledge
throughout the world. A large majority of these students are located in developing countries, many of whom seek to gain instruction of the highest standard, and unlike the age of books, are not restricted to the options locally available to them.
However
, along with the stated benefit, the drawback of people turning to the internet for answers is a
rise
in the prevalence of inaccurate, misleading and factually incorrect
information
. Unlike books, and the content contained therein, which goes through several stages of scrutiny before being published,
information
available online is not scrutinised in a similar manner.
This
has led to the
rise
of incorrect
information
being disseminated, either erroneously or purposefully with a
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fide
intent to spread misinformation. As an example, with the general elections
for
Suggestion
in
the Indian republic fast approaching, there has been a marked
rise
in the
number
of articles and posts on various online platforms, with factually incorrect and often polarising
information
. The intent behind
such
publications, appears to be, to sway the electorate using misinformation campaigns. To conclude, I would like to state that the increasing preference of people to seek
knowledge
online is a positive development, as it reduces the barriers to gain learning and improves access to
information
.
However
, the same comes with the drawback of leading to a
rise
in factual errors and
spread
Suggestion
the spread
of misinformation due to a lack of scrutiny.
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