Describe the most important benefit of the internet.
You should say:
- what it is
- why you prefer it
- how people/students can take advantage of this benefit
and explain the importance of it in your country.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Sample Answer 1
Undoubtedly, the internet is one of the greatest inventions, if not the greatest, of all time, which has undoubtedly changed our world for good. The internet’s possibilities are endless if used correctly, as there are many essential benefits of using it, no matter what we do and which part of our world.
To begin with, one of the most important benefits of the internet is that it allows us to connect and communicate by supplying an endless amount of knowledge and information to each other instantly, which was unimaginable before its invention several decades ago. In fact, in the past, it would take days, and sometimes even months, to receive a letter from someone else. But, today, with the internet, we can send an email (electronic mail) or even “instant messages” to anyone in the world and have it delivered, along with loads of information, in seconds!
Anyway, while different people prefer the internet for different reasons, I prefer it because it allows me to instantly chat with my friends and families, with the help of social media and chat messengers, while also seeing them live no matter where I am live. Students can also take advantage of the benefits provided by the internet by researching different kinds of data and information on the world wide web, which would help them prepare important research papers and other essential documents from their homes without visiting a library.
Anyway, the introduction of the internet has proved to be very important for my country on several grounds. First, it has improved the efficiency and productivity of our workers at factories and offices by accelerating the process of sharing different kinds of data and information relatively easily and quickly. Besides, it has also enabled millions of our young workers to search for different kinds of “online work” in different countries and companies, thus helping significantly eliminate my country’s unemployment problem.
Sample Answer 2
Computers and the internet are comparatively new inventions, yet they have revolutionised how we lead our lives. The internet is used everywhere, which has changed how we communicate, teach, learn, do business, purchase a product, and whatnot!
The internet has brought countless benefits; in my opinion, ease of communication is the most important. The old way of communication via postal mail, telephones and travelling was expensive and time-consuming. But the internet has made it remarkably easy to communicate with others, be it personal or business communication. Someone can send an email with rich media like video, image and multimedia presentation to anyone in the world instantaneously. The widespread popularity of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has made it possible for us to connect with friends, family members, and colleagues, make new friends, and this list continues.
With the internet, people can do business conferences from different parts of the world, improving how companies run their businesses. The internet reminds us of our friends’ and family members’ birthdays and other significant events; thus, this technology helps us become more proactive and social.
I prefer to use the internet for several reasons. First, it is easily accessible and cheap. I can use the internet at home, at the office and even when I travel. I can get help on any topic from the internet, find a location on Google Maps and get directions while I drive. It helps me get connected to my family members, relatives and friends. I do online shopping, and that helps me to save significant time. The internet is probably the wealthiest knowledge hub that can answer my questions. This is an excellent medium for entertainment for me as I can find any music, movie or TV serial I like to watch.
As I have already said, the internet is the most abundant source of information. Students can easily take advantage of it and enhance their knowledge. In fact, many students already use the internet as their study reference and complete their assignments with the help of it. Reading books online is another excellent way to enhance knowledge for young pupils.
Our country has a high potential for developing the IT sector, and many companies are already working in this sector. This promising sector heavily depends on the internet. Besides, eCommerce is primarily dependent on this technology. There is scarcely any office or business in my country that can run without the internet. Thus our economy has a significant dependence on this technology.
Sample Answer 3
The internet is the most extraordinary thing! I am old enough to remember a time before even computers existed, let alone the internet. It has brought about many benefits, and I’m going to focus on the one I think is most important. I’ll tell you what it is, why I have chosen it and how it has helped me and could help students too, before trying to articulate why it is so important in my country, the UK.
The internet is an almost infinite resource. We can use it to find information on any topic – although it appears on a page online somewhere doesn’t mean the information or advice is necessarily accurate or wise! The real benefit of the internet is how it puts people in touch across the world, communication and connectivity. Not only through instantaneous messages whizzing across the ether to people thousands of miles away that you already know via email, but more extraordinarily through putting people in touch with like-minded strangers.
When travelling this year, for the first time, I kept a blog. I was astonished. I had a ‘comment’ feature on the site, and people from all over the world got in touch with me to give advice, offer feedback on what I’d seen and said and share their experiences of travelling and working overseas. It was inspirational. I thought travelling alone would be scary and maybe lonely at times. Instead, I found a whole international community of well-meaning, like-minded people who were happy to travel with me – albeit virtually, laugh with me at the highs and support me through more challenging aspects. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of building new international friendships with people who had encountered my blog randomly. It was fantastic to access this group of people, learn from them and enjoy their contributions. It made me much more confident in my adventures; I felt like I wasn’t alone.
The internet sometimes gets terrible press regarding the dangers of social media and the need to be cautious about who you meet online. That is probably true in some instances. However, my experience was wholly positive. I felt that these friends from afar that I have only ever met online provide proof that there are more kind and helpful people in the world than not. The internet facilitates that for everyone who can access a cyber café or the internet signal wherever they are in the world.
Students – like everyone else – can exploit this. Whether that’s by carrying out original research from talking to someone active in an online forum about a particular topic, accessing an expert opinion from a specialist blog or getting in touch with fellow students to offer peer support around complex subjects, the internet is at its best when, rather than being used for passive searching for information, it is used to engage with other users actively. Discussion, debate, and sharing experiences, all have value.
In my country, the UK, the internet has revolutionised how people connect. We have come a very long way from the times when sending a letter could take weeks by sea or many days by air. The only alternative is to make a ruinously expensive phone call and keep your fingers crossed that your intended contact would be in when you called. As for reaching out to a stranger, ‘someone somewhere’ – I think the nearest equivalent pre the internet might have been to write a letter, put it in a bottle and cast it into the sea! Times have certainly changed!