Friday, June 28, 2013
The world today is in many ways a completely different place than it was even twenty years ago. In the lifetimes of many of the world’s population, the Internet has not only come into existence, it has exploded. There are a countless ways that the Internet has changed our world, and there is speculation about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Instant News From Around the World
The further back in history you go, the longer it took to get news from around the globe. Before the Internet, it would take days for events on one side of the globe to be known on the other. Today we have a 24/7 news week. Anything that happens, in any part of the world, at any time, is instantaneously broadcast over the Internet. People today are always in the know, and thrive on the constant stream of information.
Staying in Touch has Become Easier
In the past if you wanted to keep in touch with someone, you had to put in the effort; giving them a call on the phone or writing them a handwritten letter. Today, that effort is no longer required. Thanks to social networks you can find that kid you sat next to in third grade, your old neighbor, or your friend that moved to across the world. All you need today to stay in touch and informed of what your friends are up to is a social network account and a good Internet connection.
We are a More Informed People
Education has boomed along with the Internet. Though part of this includes formal education and the option of alternatives like distance learning, it also includes how well-informed individuals are on a variety of topics. Gone are the days when you had to check the newspaper for the score of last night’s game or watch the evening news to hear the happenings around the
world. Today, all the information you desire is at your fingertips and on demand whenever you want it.
The Face of Business is Forever Changed
In years gone by, if you wanted to work from home, you were going to have a hard time of it. You may have had to resort to direct sales, farming or opening a daycare. Needless to say the options were limited. Thanks to the Internet and the conveniences it offers, such as video conferencing, email, instant messaging and all the Google drive options, many people today telecommute from their homes. From CEOs to teachers, working from the comfort of your home, either full or part time, is a popular trend for all types of businesses.
Is This Good or Bad?
The big question is whether or not the Internet changing face of the world is a good thing or a bad thing. There are a lot of people who are concerned about lack of privacy, cyber bullying, and possible corruption. However, looking at the big picture the Internet is likely to be impacting the world in a positive way. It is opening our minds, allowing better communication and sharing of information, and giving more people amazing opportunities.