Whether you’re on the bus or train, having an after-dinner coffee at your favorite coffee shop, or just enjoying a little banter with your family in the lounge, you are flooded with information over the internet. It is one of the products of human ingenuity that completely defies time, space and gravity. A computer, no matter what its size or form, certainly knows no bounds, because the power it has and exerts on us and on our daily lives cannot be expressed in numbers and beyond description.
Today it has become a favorite tool of students in their research activities and favored more than books and libraries. Both the Internet and the library are regarded as vast repositories of knowledge that hold a huge source of information, records, and documents. They both serve a similar purpose – that is, to provide knowledge. However, thanks to technological innovations, the computer is replacing libraries and the Internet with books at an unprecedented pace. In this way, digital information technology has radically changed the way faculty and students access information.
Why do students prefer the Internet to books? What’s in it that the young are clinging to it like drug addicts, urgently in need of a few injections? What caused the dramatic decrease in the number of library users? Can we see a future with completely retired libraries? The downward trend in the number of library users has been well documented since the mid-1990s. A ten-year study found that library transactions decreased by about 21 percent, while print volumes fell to 35 percent as print media publishing declined.
One of the obvious reasons why the internet is favored over books is uniformity of information. Since libraries do not offer the same sets of information, so is the Internet. For example, a topic about a country’s history will vary from country to country, depending on the author of the book. For example, an American writer writing about the history of his own country will provide more factual and comprehensive information and comprehensive facts compared to writing about Asian culture in Asia.
The universality of the information provided via the Internet is accessible to people from all over the world, which ensures that the same information is provided to students with Internet connections from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern part of the world, as there are no regional or local versions of the information. Moreover, the information is general for everyone, even if the internet is translated into several languages.
Thanks to laptops and desktops as well as mobile phones with Internet support, the Internet is available from anywhere in the world. Whether you are eating lunch or taking the bus, the information can be obtained versus going to libraries where elements such as time and energy are taken into account. Computers did provide a multitasking method that libraries do not. Moreover, the internet provides information within seconds of navigating to links, which books do not.
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