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Effect of internet on reading and writing skills

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I was teaching primary school kids and asked them to write about Guru Gobind Singh. After they wrote the article, I asked them few questions based on what they have written and to my surprise they did not know a single word. It made me realize that they had simply Google searched the topic and wrote the hundred words article without learning anything.

Is it wrong to 'Google' things? Of course, it is not. Google provides a set of information about every keyword we ask it about. But still, there are a few things we are losing because of our habit of Google searching everything.

Effect of internet on reading and writing skills

Short Attention Span:

The zeal to read a new novel has been taken up by reading articles online. The attention to details has been replaced by searching some keywords in the article and getting a feel of having learned something new.

Less Interest in Books:

Students are collecting soft copies of a book rather than buying a new book. The way people are studying from online materials is distracting them from reading a good book. At times, to have an in-depth knowledge of things, one need to read the book.

Comprehension Skills Affected:

Chatting and texting all the time in the 'chat lingo' is affecting the language skills of people around the world. 'You' has become 'U' and 'What' has become 'wt'. Even the auto correct thing in writing tools is leading us to make more spelling mistakes.

The Internet is a powerful tool which provides immense information. However, it is a tool which should not overpower us. We need to hold on to that world where people talk to each other rather than 'connect' with each other. Our brain should not be a slave to this online living, otherwise, one day we would end up forgetting even the alphabets of our language.

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