Being exposed to technology on a regular basis and having been through a number of discussions about the internet while in school, it shouldn’t be that easy to trick us into believing myths about the internet — or so we thought. Surprisingly, a lot of educated people still end up as a victim where certain internet fallacies are concerned. Gauge your ability to discern fact from fiction. Here are four of the most common internet fallacies that others still fall prey to.
1. Click this and get rich
While surfing the net, it is quite common to see advertisements that claim to make you rich by just clicking on a banner. Mind you, these are not the pay-per-click banners created for search engine marketing. The banners in question are those that claim to make users instant millionaires. In any case, if you are wise enough to brush these off, how about those messages landing on your inbox, instructing you to reply to an email – with your bank account – so that they can deposit the money you “won“. It doesn’t take much to realize that these things aren’t true. In fact, most of these situations were set up to make you a victim. Do not be swayed by the idea of winning money instantly because most of the time, it’s not even true. Come to think of it, did you even join any contest?
2. The high and mighty ISPS’s
The internet service providers (ISP) are very powerful. Needless to say, they can do a lot of things such as track your internet activity and the like. However, why would you suppose that ISP’s would do such a thing when that would require a lot of effort, money and resources on their part? At most, ISP’s can track email logs but only when it is a matter of national concern. This only happens when the ISP has received a request from the government to keep an eye on someone who is being tailgated for a criminal offense. So don’t worry about your web surfing and internet usage activities being scrupulously followed by ISP’s because chances are, they wouldn’t do it.
3. No internet, no adult content
There are admittedly some parents who are overly concerned with the welfare of their children to the extent that they prohibit the use of the internet at home. The reason is usually to avoid malicious content – in other words, pornography. Of course, we cannot deny that pornographic materials are indeed found on the internet. What’s more, these types of content can be easily accessed by just anyone, including the kids. However, the truth is that the internet is simply a new medium used to gain access to pornography. Keeping your children away from the internet is not a guarantee that they will not be exposed to pornography in their early years. There are printed pornography materials, TV shows and movies that provide a peek to steamy love scenes.
4. The Internet is the most reliable thing on earth
It’s funny how some people treat the internet as their bible. If they need information about something, they turn to the internet and assume that the answer that came up on search engines is the answer that they are looking for. Because the internet allows free publishing of practically anything under the sun, irrelevant, misconstrued and ultimately incorrect information is bound to be published any time of the day. If you’re using the internet to check for something, use multiple sources to validate the answers you found. Or better yet, just consult an expert on the subject, especially if you are dealing with a health-related issue.
Leslie Young is a Blogger, web designer and developer for 3years. She contributes her work to some blog sites that is related to her field of work. She usually writes about business communication, telecommunications such as business phones and cloud phones, as well as all the latest gadgets including smartphones and tablets.