Becoming a Better Person with the Help of … The Internet?

The internet gets a bad reputation as a time suck and something that’s full of evil and corrupting influences. Whilst this is largely true, the internet is also a wonderful thing, full of knowledge and tales of hope. If you want to become a better person, then the internet is a good place to start your journey.

How do you class being a ‘better’ person? It’s open to interpretation and so for the purpose of this article I’m going to treat it in its broadest sense.

Exercise and Diet

Chances are the majority of you reading this could do with being healthier and there’s nothing quite like looking at pictures of celebrities in their bathing suits on Google to make you feel inadequate, but that’s not why the internet will help you here. The internet is full of stories of how people have lost weight and got healthier, from the exercise they do to the food they’re eating. Learn how you can do the same and be healthier and happier.

Meet New People

Meting people in real life can be tricky because most of us are awkward sacks of flesh, hence why we have to turn to the internet for social interaction. The internet is flooded with hundreds of chatrooms (not that kind) where you can talk to people all over the world and learn all about people’s lives and experiences in other countries.


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Learn About Religions

Whether being religious makes you a better person is a topic that could be debated for eternity, but learning about religions has a whole host of benefits. The internet is such a brilliant educational tool and one of the things that most people could do with learning more about is other religions from sites like Learning where our fellow man is coming from and how they think will certainly make this world a much better place.

Read the News

People don’t read the news enough and with the internet, there isn’t really an excuse. You have incredible sources at your fingertips, whether it’s The New York Times or the BBC. Keeping up with current events and forming an opinion is vitally important if you want to be a citizen of our society, plus the back catalogues are all stored on the web meaning there is this incredible bank of knowledge available. It’s kind of like the best modern history book in the world.

Artists Stories

Although you can’t experience most art forms via the internet, you can read up on inspirational stories of real life artists and the work they are currently doing. Art is food for the soul and it’s a given that it will make you a better person, however reading about the real McCoys might make you want to dip your own brush or start that novel buried within yourself.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what you can achieve by simply logging onto your computer. You could learn a new language, or read up on Tudor England, whatever takes your fancy. The world is out there ready to be experienced and the internet is your gateway.

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