Exactly. Just like in the real world where you need street smarts to survive in the urban jungle, you need erm...net? smarts to survive the internet. The net is a wonderful place filled with wonder and hidden lurking dangers in every corner. If you know where to step you will be safe.
Milnet in the Airforce, and made my first online site in early 96. I find the internet to be just as appealing and fun as then.
Just like anything, it's how you use it - and if you are fairly tech savvy you don't need to worry about the majority of garbage. Experience will allow you to and sift through the mountains of junk to find your informational gems. Like with all research it takes time and effort.