To what extent has a lack of diversity influenced the development of the internet? How does this lack of diversity harm societies and individuals?

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The development of diversification has caused a profound impact on social values, especially the existence of the negative effect of network communication has brought an immeasurable impact on the values of the young generation. The progress of internet technology makes the flow of information more and more rapid. In this context, cultural renewal and transformation are also increasingly accelerated. In the world, the development of different cultures of various nations and regions is faced with different opportunities and challenges. At the same time, the development of diversification also acts on the development of the network environment. The development and progress of information technology and the internet have made various ideas and values spread more widely and rapidly through the internet. The continuous spread of bad ideas such as violence, pornography and racial discrimination in the internet environment has brought greater challenges to the healthy development of the internet. In addition, the concealment of the internet enhances the freedom and flexibility of some moral behaviors, which makes it possible for young people to give up their moral responsibilities on the internet and real environment. Some people even see it as an ulterior motive’s crime tools: such as computer disease drug manufacturing and brought great loss to human society, the network hacker invasion force make people attach great importance to the network security, and terrorist organizations, religious organizations and so on also the network as a new crime tool, these are rising panic, also to the healthy development of the internet brought obstacles.

Diversity in the workplace

Diversity in the workplace may seem like a buzzword, but it really refers to something crucial to the success of innovation and other fields. In the animal world, for instance, diversity or biodiversity, which refers to the incredible variety of species on earth, is critical to human existence. Brown University found that ‘the interaction between cultural assimilation and cultural dissemination have played a key role in giving birth to varied patterns of economic development around the world,’ proving that cultural diversity is beneficial to economic success (Ely and Thomas, 2001). At first look, it may seem that disparities in social or political viewpoints, such as color, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, or sexual orientation, have nothing to do with creativity. However, the minds of people, especially those with a wide range of experiences and perspectives, hold the economic key to creativity. Although it may take some digging to find the connection between variety and creativity leading to economic progress, it is essential to the process.

Different perspectives by social diversity

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Social diversity brings different perspectives to economic and organizational development. It is easy to confine variety to racial and gender differences when we think about it. Ethnicity, gender, financial class, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation are only few of the manifestations of variety that should be considered. When coming up with new ideas, it is always beneficial to get feedback from a broad range of people. It is easy to fall prey to confirmation bias when presenting your ideas to a group of people who share similar perspective as you. As an example, consider the time when the high-end fashion house Dolce & Gabbana had to cancel a multimillion-dollar fashion show in Shanghai because of racist backlash to a carelessly conceived advertisement. A Chinese lady tried, and ultimately failed, to use chopsticks to eat Italian cuisine in the commercial. Chinese consumers were clearly offended by the advertisement’s smocking tone, as they quickly abandoned the brand. This has a significant negative effect on sales and the company’s brand health score.

Effect of diversity

Today, more and more businesses are starting to notice this. Companies like AT&T, Mattel, Intel, and others now have employee groups that create diversity and inclusion inside their companies and give significant information into the markets they mirror, according to the Forbes Insight Study on ‘Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce.’ This is especially true for the bigger organizations, the Forbes Insights Study adds. For businesses with over $10 billion in yearly sales, 56% agree that ‘diversity helps fuel innovation’ (Scott, Heathcote and Gruman, 2011). With increasingly diversified worldwide client bases, today’s large businesses must find ways to adapt to these changes by incorporating the insights of a wide range of stakeholders in order to continue expanding and generating new income. In addition to driving socioeconomic and organizational development, diversity is also essential for individual development. When we go to college and are surrounded by the same individuals from all over the world every day, this idea will become extremely meaningful. American College Personnel Association research at Johns Hopkins University found that a more diverse student body provides more possibilities for students to develop empathy and understanding of individuals who are different from themselves (Hu and Kuh, 2003). The research also shown that increased diversity has helped to better prepare students from diverse origins to work and coexist in the modern world. It is essential that people learn to appreciate one another and live together peacefully in and increasingly varied society.


Although the term “diversity” often prompts images of a range of ethnic, cultural, and ethical origins, socioeconomic diversity is also present in collegiate settings. Although we are exposed to a wide range of cultures and perspectives during our formative years, the people we meet and interact with during our time at college have a profound impact on who we become. Before attending college, many people only interact with those who are very much like them; once they get there, however, they are often confronted with people whose life experiences are very different from their own. Many students gained a deeper understanding of what it’s like to be raised in a culture with radically different religious and political beliefs via the power of dialogue, as well as how philosophical ideas and personal ideals about life may be comparable despite differences in upbringing. Students benefited from these discussions in two ways: they learned more about the globe and its inhabitants, and they developed a more nuanced understanding of philosophical and cultural traditions from throughout the world. After gaining exposure to a wide range of individuals and situations, students were better able to form bonds with others and contribute constructively to teams.


For most kids, diversity in the classroom has a good effect, especially on their own growth (Tomlinson, 2014). Students’ capacity to comprehend human connections and cooperate with others has improved because of their interactions with individuals from varied backgrounds, both in the classroom and beyond (Au,1998). Thus, it has been shown that promoting contact between students of different racial groups in higher education has a long-lasting, beneficial influence on the education and growth of those engaged.

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Diversity is widely acknowledged as a wellspring of fresh ideas that may fuel progress and lead to an edge in the marketplace. However, diversity may also lead to miscommunication, distrust, and conflict in the workplace, which in turn can affect productivity, morale, and even the company’s ability to compete. Therefore, companies that want to gain a competitive edge find themselves in an apparent contradiction. They run the danger of workplace strife if they welcome diversity, but they run the risk of falling behind the competition if they shun it. Managing the contradiction that arises from the benefits and drawbacks of a diverse staff is a challenge for every business. The same is true for personal development. Diversity can bring a richer environment and resources as well as more information and opportunities for personal growth. But at the same time, diversity also creates more scenes of cultural conflict and misunderstanding, which may lead to increased communication costs and misunderstandings.



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