The Internet is full of talks and conversations on the matter of plagiarism and often when you look at the consequences and effects of plagiarism, most of the talking is done in relation to the professionals who do the writing. However, not many people talk about the effects of plagiarism on the internet users who are not writers. Undoubtedly, the highest number of people on the internet is users who go on the internet only to get information and they use these written materials to get information about a particular topic. Whatever you write has a big influence on their lives since they learn from what they read.
So today, let’s talk about the effects that plagiarism has on the internet users who are not related to professions like writing, designing, developing etc.
The Harmful Effects of Plagiarism On Internet Users
There are many other ways plagiarism affects internet users and only a few of them have been given below:
• Internet users who want information from the internet regarding a topic must find accurate and reliable information. However, due to plagiarism, they have stopped believing much of the content they find on the internet. Some people while trying to mix their own commentary with an original writer’s work change the meaning of his words completely.
• Users have also lost interest in much of the written material on the internet because they don’t find it interesting. The words used by people who actually researched on things and then presented their theories are priceless, but when a non-professional person dilutes the content with his own words, even the best of the quotes and words sound uninteresting.
• People have stopped trusting the search engines due to plagiarism and black hat SEO techniques as well. By picking someone else’s content, people use software to change the content and then post the same spun content on their websites. This spun content on most occasions is paltry because there is an abundance of grammatical, punctuation and sentence structure errors.
• Internet users don’t have access to the real and original material anymore. Let’s suppose you are an internet user and you want to read about space and space bodies, and then you find a blog where you get some good information about the topic. However, if you want to read in detail about the subject, you would want to buy the original writer’s book and if the blogger hasn’t provided those links and citations, you are only limited to the information that has been provided on the blog.
Even website designing and development isn’t protected from plagiarism anymore and businesses now have to spend extra money on buying software and applications that let them detect plagiarized content. Just think about it: what will happen if the world is given a free hand to plagiarize and copy the content? Of course, the books, articles, reviews, blogs, websites, guides, manuals etc. will all lose their originality and in your entire lifetime, you will only be reading the same material over and over in its slightly changed and altered forms.