Evaluating Internet Information – Should It be Trusted as a Learning Resource?


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Most online info do not relate to user’s query, and that is what irritate most of them. (Image from huffingtonpost)

I just hate internet information (as tips) when it doesn’t solve my problem right away or it doesn’t address a situation right to the point. For instance, my browser, Firefox, has default Firefox*32.exe program (I am so apprehensive to this, believing it might be a virus or a bug) being rudely functional automatically in the background (you can see CPU usage of particular application/program running in the background using task manager by just pressing ctl+alt+del buttons simultaneously).

To my surprise, the .exe file consumes high amount of my laptop’s CPU, which consequently slows down my system as the other programs in the background were insufficiently supplied the remainder RAM. It affects the laptop’s multitasking ability (you may suggest installation of another RAM and that’s really a good suggestion which I have already thought about a lot. But since my usages are limited, the preinstalled 2GB DDR3 RAM is very sufficient).

With an intention to know tricks to get rid of the issue, I searched info on the internet. However, I became frustrated when almost all the sources started to define CPU and its related usages like a college professor (man, I just know what it is and its usage. just come to the point, will you?). Similarly, if you seek answer something like “health benefit of eating an apple in the morning”, most probably you’ll come up with the apple-blather before the source addresses your query.

Now, I guess, and being a writer, one of the factors associated with increasing bounce rates on a website may be related to its having a load of insensitive content which DO NOT address people’s queries right away and instead, just split the hair. You tell me, if you are looking out something like cosmetic usage of suncream and you are being offered esoterically defined viewpoints of a cosmetic product, what will you do?

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It really sucks when online info doesn’t give a damn to your emotion/desire.
(Image from pixshark.com)

The fact is, when someone searches an answer to a problem/term over the internet, the Google or other search engines must understand the keywords keyed-in by users before presenting in front of the users search related options. It really sucks when you are not answered the way you wanted. Now, whats the exact usage of internet, to surf aimlessly or navigate your way to a productive answer?

Information over the internet must be true and sensitive to the feeling of seekers. Most specifically, it should have the ability to change your perspective e.g. let you see things from different points. For instance, a year back, my lovely friend on FB, Anita Terzian, added me to her music group, I had no inkling then about the classical music, especially those respected and adored in West. For starters, this friend has affinity with music which I experienced while watching her timeline posts. So, naturally, I believed her and respected her decision to stay in the group and contribute rather than leaving it and disappointing the good friend.

So, I googled those music. As expected, most of the sources didn’t provide me exact answer to my query and it took me a great deal of research work to be able to comprehend them to an extent where I felt “OK, at least i can understand now that such type of music does exist on Earth.” 🙂

pawan kumar jha writerSome internet sources are not easily trustworthy, as I believe these sources are self-driven in influencing you to second their views, and specifically, to prompt you buy their stuffs or nod to their prejudices. Most answers that I find on Microsoft website do not serve my purpose to be there.

Internet has penetrated almost entire spectrum of human world and days are coming fast when our virtual life will cut off us from real life. Technology advanced and the way it is advancing, it will prove many adages wrong, including the one “seeing is believing” as virtual life will be cognitively biased.

Well, my point was – internet information, if not served in the right way, should either be eliminated from the online database to the relaxation of seekers or they should be edited to be more user-friendly as a learning resource. Internet, if to be trusted as a learning resource, must responsibly serve the purpose for which it is there on the web.

(The blog is the personal viewpoint of writer, Pawan Kumar Jha).

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