How reliant on the Internet has society become?
The Internet is an amazing tool that continues to grow exponentially year by year. The vision of those that developed Internet technology could never have included the immeasurable and unlimited ways in which the technology has taken off. The web has grown in ways that even the most expansive vision could not have predicted. It has changed the lives of those that use it and has provided new levels in the dispensation of information. A lot of doubt was cast on the Internet in the early days predicting it would never be a reliable source of information but that has changed as major credible news outlets and educational institutes have placed their material online.
There are still those that resist advancements in technology in general, but for those that embrace it, the Internet has become an indispensable, almost loveable tool. Once you begin to use it as a resource, there really is no turning back. The average person relies so naturally on the Internet that when there is an outage or when they can not gain access to the Internet there is a major feeling of loss. For those wrapped up in social networking web sites, aimless is a word that could describe how they feel when suddenly deprived of the Internet.
A Source of Information
Throughout the course of a normal day, a person might use the Internet to check the day’s weather forecast, local traffic conditions before leaving for work to help them avoid congestion and they might also use it to check the news. In fact, for over 10 years now, I myself have chosen Internet news sites as a preference for reading news over buying a newspaper.
People also use the Internet as a research tool; whether for academic reasons, for trivia or for personal knowledge. The amazing thing about the Internet is that no matter what you are looking for, someone, somewhere has usually already written on the topic.
Staying in Touch
Almost everybody these days tries to check their email at least once a day. The Internet helps us to stay in touch with others. Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are among the most popular places online to catch up with friends and to let the whole world know what is going on in your life. In fact, the Internet has very much become a place of self-promotion. The various social networking web sites definitely give the everyday person the opportunity to promote and celebrate themselves.
Although there was some wariness about shopping online in the past due to credit card security issues, most people do at least a small amount of shopping online. This can entail buying clothing, buying groceries, booking a vacation, and more.
Online banking is hugely popular these days. People can now check their accounts and have information on what is happening with their accounts in an instant. They can also pay bills online, transfer funds and communicate with their bank at will. These online services provide huge conveniences for customers in comparison to traditional banking.
I believe that the average member of society has become extremely reliant on the Internet. No single tool measures up to the usefulness of the Internet. Although some people resist this technology, it is only a matter of time before everyone adopts the convenience and ease that the Internet offers.