The internet is an extremely easy and fast way to access information. However, it has its disadvantages. For example, the information might not be as credible as the information that one gets from a book. Some information posted on the internet could be compromised. There is a number of ways which one can use to evaluate the information they find on the internet.
Assessing of the Information
One can assess the value of information in several ways. For example, one can use cross-referencing. This is whereby one uses multiple sources to look at the same subject. This gives one an idea of the most accurate site. One can also check the author, the publishing date, and the date of the last update. This way, one can have an idea on the credibility of the information. Most people tend to believe the information on the internet because it coincides with their thinking. This could be misleading and could lead to acquiring of wrong information (Blam, 2012).
The Digital Divide
Digital divide refers to any inequalities between different groups mainly caused by technology. These inequalities result from some regions being able to access information more easily than others. These inequalities can be between firms, individuals, or geographical areas. It is mainly seen when comparing a developing country and a developed one. This divide can be bridged by the spread of technology to the areas with less technological advancements. Developed countries can help the developing nations by donating the necessary resources to them. This would decrease the digital divide.
Computers are the main contributors to the development of a nation. Therefore, the more the developing nations acquire them, the smaller the digital divide is. Information is easier to access via the internet than through any other known means. Therefore, it is essential for everyone to strive to have access to the internet.