Using computers and the Internet develops important skills in young people.

These days, lots of people associate computers and the Internet with their negative impact on young people. However, in my opinion, the youth improves some crucial skills owing to the time spent in front of the screen using this particular means of communication. Although it may seem a little controversial, I believe that at least some of you may give the topic a second thought as you stop and consider the issue for a while.

First of all, young people develop social skills as they meet a great number of different people online. Most of them could never be met in reality. The more unique hobby you have (or you wish you had), the more difficult it is to find people interested in the same thing in our close surrounding. Here, the Net gives us a lot more possibilities. Young people can find those who share their excitement, views, opinions and understand them better than the peers that can be met at a local school. Thus, there are limitless opportunities not only to talk and spend time with each other but also to learn to interact with a mass of unique strangers. As a result, the youth copes also with real relations much better. Seems the opposite? I wouldn't agree. Young people usually feel embarrassed when they don't know something that seems important, when they've got questions that seem stupid or they've got problems that may seem silly and too simple to talk over with parents or 'real' friends. On the Internet, it's a little bit different as you know that you can avoid the feeling of embarrassement by just disconnecting immediately if something goes wrong. Moreover, people don't have to show their faces so it saves a lot of additional stress during awkward conversations. Young people are more open in a virtual reality and this way they can discover that plenty of other teenagers have similar problems, doubts or questions. They gain confidence and later are less afraid to talk about such things face to face as they are not so much frightened of other people's reactions.

Furthermore, the easier access to knowledge which is strictly connected to the Internet, helps people to search for information they need, saving time and effort as well. It means that young people, nowadays, can learn and work faster and with better results than ever. Online schooling, professional websites with experts' advice, encyclopedias, dictionaries with natives' pronunciation recorded, and plenty more. The only limitations in gaining knowledge is time and ...our will.

Computers and technology are still things that are not 100% reliable and not entirely easy to use. We face many problems and...we learn how to solve them as well. That's a kind of progress that we make. We become creative, we try different solutions, we use logics, we learn from mistakes, we think, think and...think. Young people can appear extremely resourceful when their favourite game stops working or an online chat with a nice friend is interrupted by a sudden technical problem.

On the other hand, I'm aware of the fact that some people (probably pretty many) in their early age waste much time in front of the screens browsing the net with no particular reason or play computer games which serve no other purpose than killing time. However, the fact that there are young people who cannot make use of the computer or the Internet in a creative way, does not mean that it cannot be done by those who are smarter and more ambitious. The parental role seems to lie somewhere here and adults should be responsible for teaching children how, when and what for we may use the technology so that it could bring more benefits than drawbacks.

To conclude, although it may seem that computers and the Internet are mainly the source of entertainment for young people, I am quite sure that, if used wisely, they can also develop many important skills in the modern youth.