Learn how to write an opinion essay.

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Reading text

Information will soon be so easy to find on the internet that people will not need to remember anything. Do you agree?

Nowadays all the information we could ever need is available online and some people say that means the end of having to learn anything.

It is true that these days everything you want to know is a few clicks away as long as you have internet access. However, not everyone has working internet all the time, for example in certain buildings or remote locations, so we do need to be able to remember information. Moreover, it takes time to look up everything you need to know online, whereas remembering something is immediate. The human memory is a much more efficient system.

Another problem is the quality of the information online. How do we know if it is accurate or reliable? We need to think about other facts we know and remember how to compare information from different websites. Knowing (and remembering) how to find certain information will be more important than knowing the information itself.

Finally, the internet is a good tool but it is not a useful replacement for our brains. If we did not remember anything, we would all spend even more time on our phones and computers than we already do, which is not good for society.

In conclusion, the internet offers us many things but it is still important to use our knowledge and memories. We need our memories to function without the internet and we also need to know how to use the internet properly.

Tips

  1. Read the question carefully. Respond to all ideas in it or all parts of it.
  2. Plan your ideas first and then choose the best ones.
  3. Introduce your essay by restating the question in your own words.
  4. Show understanding of both sides of the argument.
  5. Use linking words to connect your ideas.
  6. Draw your conclusion from the main ideas in your essay. Don't introduce new ideas at the end.

Discussion

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

I can't use only the internet to find something I already know. If we didn't know to read, to write, to count, how can we find something on the internet ? No, we have to send kids at school, and they have to learn reading writing and counting, at least, to be good adults.

Reading, writing are very basic things to know- I mean to be literate. Only a literate person can browse internet to be more informative, if necessary. If a person selects a subject or a topic to learn about it he has to read it first in a book and in course of his study if he needs more informations he should go to internet to gather more knowledge- going through different reliable websites. Needless to say, the saddest part of internet is that it is used widely without any sufficient purpose. To use internet properly one must have sufficient ability to run a computer and net surfing ,otherwise one may be trapped in suspicious sites.

In order to respond to our reading and use the internet, we need to construct our responses and new ideas. Then, if we want to try taking our learning further we must approach the internet with our new ideas so that we may ask appropriate questions as a means to search for answers and more information. Thus, it is very important we are learning before going to the internet.

In my opinion, it would be worse if we never learned anything and just used the internet. We have an amazing brain that gives us the capacity to think. If we just used the internet and never used our mind, this will be damaged.
We would be wasting the ability to produce knowledge and to think, which is our main characteristic such as humans being. If we used the web to look up everything we need to know, we will be more passive and lazier every day.

Moreover, the information online is not always trusty. For instance, it is very common to find fake news and mistaken information on the internet so, we have to be careful and critic when we were searching on the web.

Finally, although the internet is an excellent tool, it should be a complement of our own capacity to learn and not a replacement for this.