The Disadvantages of using the Internet in Education

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If it’s too good to be true it probably is! Consider following on the disadvantages of Internet and social media usage in education.

The use of Internet Technology and social media platforms for education is very popular in most learning institutions. For some it might be in the form of internet-based research, interactive learning of languages, checking facts or using a variety of educational applications to enhance the student’s learning experience.

Since information is so widely available it can become the case that these sources are not as trustworthy as those bound books you would find in the library. Is it the case that everyone is now an expert at the touch of a button? Can the one thing that brought us all together also be the same thing that destroys us? Let us take a look at some of the disadvantages of using the internet in the education system.

False Facts and Unknown Sources

The biggest concern is probably the reliability of the information found on the internet. In the past one would go to the local library and request information on a certain topic. You would then be handed a certain amount of books with the applicable information. These books, written by specialist in their fields combined with knowledge you already had on the subject would then form your argument or content for your essay. These days when you use Google to search a specific topic you will get pages and pages of links to follow to the information. There is no way that you will be able to check all the facts and relate them to one another, and if you are a lazy learner you might just choose to take the first website that ‘looks’ reputable.

Another point of concern is not only whether these facts and statistics are truthful, but if they indeed have a source. A lot of information online is merely taken from another website without linking back to the original source. Sometimes the articles would indicate a source but when you follow a link, the website or original content does not exist. If you are using such information for research purposes you will not be able to use it without a recognized source.

Everyone is an expert

The Wiki Way

When it comes to finding information, students and teachers tend to run to Wikipedia for explanation. Even though Wikipedia will have relevant information and facts it is still not seen as a good research source. The reason for this being that the public can altercate or edit most of the facts stated.


For students that are struggling to put pen to paper when it comes to a research assignment the internet is a bucket of temptation for plagiarism. Students are able to copy entire pages and text from related articles and paste it in their Word document as their own. This is a serious offense at almost all Universities and can get you in a lot of trouble.

These days many internet users consider themselves knowledgeable in a variety of fields just because they can use Google for all their questions and queries. Instead of contacting an expert in a particular field and meet them in person to discuss a topic, people tend to rather take the information that – perhaps – the average Joe wrote on the internet. There is no way telling for sure, most of the time.

Parental Control

For younger learners the internet can really be a dangerous place. Apart from being exposed to adult material, children can easily click on the wrong advertisements and attract viruses that can damage your computer. Some things are meant to be learnt as time goes by, but the internet force feeds students with information overload that they might not be able to handle at an early age.

Multi-task Monster

Students might be able to find answers at the click of a button, but are they really taking in what they are learning? In education it is important to focus on the subject at hand and have no other distractions. That is why the teacher will ask the class to be quiet. Think of all the ads placed on  websites and millions of tabs being opened by students as voices screaming in their ears as they are trying to focus. The modern day internet user will have to learn to stop multi-tasking and focus on one task at a time in order to stay focused and productive.


This has been a Guukle guest post

This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, an occasional guest-blogger and a freelance communication consultant. Currently she starts her studies at Rasmussen College online educational program. When not blogging, Lilly likes to travel and read a lot, especially about education and technology.