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Sample Essay: Pointlessness and the Internet

The following is an excellent Task B GAMSAT essay sent in by a student preparing to sit the test next month.

The student directly responds to the given quote; clearly and concisely demonstrating a perspective by which it might be understood to be true. As you can see the argument is simple and the sentences are brief. The overall effect is an essay that is easy to read and easy to understand. Exactly what an examiner wants to see!

 

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” – Andrew Brown.

This quote summarises the opposing qualities of the Internet. The Internet is vast, and in this day and age it allows you to do practically anything that you can do in real life. It is so powerful that it can connect people on opposite poles. However, what is its purpose if all of these activities can be undertaken in real life?

The Internet has grown enormously in the last decade. More websites appear everyday. The list of activities that one can partake in is endless. A couple of the major sectors are entertainment and socialisation. In the real world, one can read a newspaper in order to enhance their knowledge of what is going on around them. Nowadays, this can be done on the Internet. In the real world people play games with their friends, but now this too can be done online. Some people like to go into betting shops and place bets on sporting events, the Internet now allows people to do this from their own home. Socialisation is something all humans crave. One used to have to venture outside their house to socialise, but now the internet has made it possible to socialise without leaving one’s home.

The Internet is so powerful that it can connect one person to another anywhere in the world. This brings the whole world together and seems to make the world a smaller place.

However, everything that can be done on the Internet can be done in real life; so really is the Internet not just a pointless invention?

One may argue that it is not completely pointless. There are many people in this world that are housebound and unable therefore to enjoy the full offerings of the outside world. To them, the Internet provides an opportunity to explore the world from the comfort of their own home. It allows them to travel and discover new places, whilst socialising and meeting new people. To them this is most definitely not pointless and adds a new dimension to their life.

This therefore highlights that the pointlessness of the Internet is down to its user. Yes, it provides the opportunity to be completely removed from real life and to just live in the cyber world. However, on the other hand, it can add great value and a new dimension to life without being a complete substitute for it. Real life can be complemented by the Internet, but it is all down to the user.