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General Studies Coursework, Scientific Domain: Is the internet a Triumph of Technology?

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General Studies Coursework, Scientific Domain: Is the internet a Triumph of Technology? Synopsis In this report I will attempt to answer the question: "Is the internet a triumph of technology?" I will try to do this through studying the internet, its history, and its use in today's society in detail. I will gather my information through the distribution of questionnaires to people from different age ranges, in order to find out how important the internet is to them. I will analyse this data in depth through the use of tables and graphs. As well as this I will use the internet itself, books, and other sources, to find out about its importance at different times. To further prove this I will look at both the good and bad aspects of the internet in today's society. Introduction The Internet is a "network of networks", it links millions of computers around the world together, allowing data to be sent from one side of the world to the other in a matter of seconds, it allows E-mails, Instant messaging, files sharing and web browsing as well as many other services. Before the internet, networked communications between computers was very limited; the only type of connections would be single-user bridges, in which two computers could share small amounts of data. The only real networking breakthrough before the internet, involved a central mainframe, in which several users could connect to one computer and perform tasks. ...read more.

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From this I can also gather that all the people in the questionnaire have an internet connected computer in their house. 5. How dependent are you on the internet? Option Frequency Extremely 5 A lot 8 A little 2 Not at all 5 From this Graph I can see that the majority of people need the internet to some extent, with only 5 of the 20 people saying they are not dependent on it at all. 6. Do you think the internet is a triumph of technology? Option Frequency Yes 18 No 2 This is very useful information to answer my hypothesis, as 90% of the people who filled in the questionnaire think the internet is a triumph of technology. This is pretty consistent with the amount of people who rely on the internet, and those who use it a lot. 7. How many internet connected computers do you have in your home? Option Frequency 1 8 2 6 3 3 4 3 5 0 6+ 0 The results from this show that most people have 1 computer in their home connected to the internet, and that none of the people have 5 or more, this question included the use of a laptop. 8. How safe do you think it is to use bank/credit details on the internet? Option Frequency Very Safe 3 Mildly Safe 2 Not Safe 12 Depends 3 I added this question to see how safe people think they are on the internet. ...read more.

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Having said this, many of the problems in using the internet can easily be avoided, by using the proper software and precautions. The questionnaires I distributed gave me a good idea of how people use the internet, what they think of it and how it makes things easier for them, from the questionnaires I can conclude that the internet is an important aspect in many areas. Therefore I think the internet is a triumph of technology. Evaluation I think my study went quite well, although I could have researched from other sources, E.g. books and newspapers to get more secondary research about the internet, since I was collecting information about the internet from the internet itself, some of it may have been biased. As well as this I think I should have distributed my questionnaires to a wider audience, or possibly a set of questionnaires to different age ranges and professions to get a better idea of people's different internet usage. Further possibly problems with the questionnaires are that they can potentially have low validity, people may lie/misunderstand a questions and give an inaccurate answer, as well as this they can leave areas blank or give illegible answers to questions that require an opinion. I think I chose a good topic, as it is both something I am interested in and something I use a lot, as well as this there are a wide variety of sources, to find information about the internet on. ...read more.

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