Computers have become an important and indispensable feature of our lives.
Ever since its inventions few decades ago and the subsequent introduction of the
Internet, it has become an essential tool for many students and adults alike.
Computer is used at work and even at schools which usually have computer
However, although computers are a great technological invention
contributing tremendously to human kind, it is not necessary that each student
should own a computer to be intelligent and smart. firstly, as mentioned above,
most schools have computer labs which are accessible for students. thus, poor
students who are unable to afford computers can utilise the facilities at their
school or assignment and research.
Secondly, research has shown that many
students do not use the computer wisely. Most computers have internet
connections that help students with research as it contains volumes of data.
However there are students who use it to watch illegal and pornographic sites.
some even download pornographic images and distribute it to other students.
Thus, if students possess individual computers, they may be tempted to visit
these sites as there is no supervision from school authorities. These smuts
cannot be accessed via school computers as the sites are barred by school
authorities. There is thus, better control and supervision of students at the
school computer laboratories compared to students who own personal computers.
In addition, many cyber and internet cafes are sprouting in malaysia. It is
relatively inexpensive to use their facilities. Thus, it is not necessary for
students to own computers which are expensive and whose technology becomes
outdated every year. Computers at the cyber cafes are constantly upgraded as it
is patronised by the public and the latter is charged a fee. It is ridiculous to
expect students to buy new and upgraded computers every year.
have been many complaints regarding plagiarism. Since the internet has mountains
of information and data, many students download or copy the articles and submit
them as part of their assignment. Thus, internet does not allow for creativity
to flourish and students become too dependent on it. The conventional research
is better as it forces students to visit the library and plough through the
books to help them with assignments.
Though there are arguments that can be
advanced to support the advantages of having one's own computer, it is not
necessary for a student to own one. There are many computer facilities which can
be used for the purposes of research and assignment.