An article written by: Lee Sonogan
“The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society.” – Noam Chomsky
Possibly the greatest piece of technology that can be used by everyone and anyone. The internet is much more than just a communication device. It is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use internet protocol suite to link to devices world-wide. Having hundreds of practical uses, its uses cannot be fully explained in the first paragraph. The Internet has no centralized governance in either technological implementation or policies for access and usage. Each constituent network sets its own policies. Meaning the internet creates freedom for the individual and gives the public access to express our right of free speech. The world would come to an end if the internet suddenly went away.
The internet is full of information. A library of knowledge and practical uses. The internet can play a very major role in day-to-day life. Search engines like Google are used to ask questions and find correct information. The resources and services on the internet make an individual’s life very easy and more productive. If it is at work or even personal use online. Listing out the uses of the internet broadly, it can be used for: Communication, relationships, education, money transactions, current news updates, entertainment, creation, publishing, shopping, work from home, file sharing, marketing and promoting, organisation, business, and so many more. Education of absolutely everything can be self learnt or taught to you on the internet.
To go deeper into the uses of the internet, it lets us share and express ourselves. Programs and software can allow us to create great pieces of art or share thoughts and feelings about certain subjects and themes. Managing and organising your own personal information. Some of the internet is public while other internet networks are private, government, academic or business. Private networks are essential in collaborations between ideas and organisation for professional groups. Access information on a website and making use of it will depend on which website you are using and how the website is programmed to react. There is even something called the dark web. It has websites that are illegal and usually involve black market sites and scarier content compared to an average website.
Most traditional communications media, including telephony, radio, television, paper mail and newspapers are being changed by the Internet, giving birth to new services such as email, Internet telephony, Internet television, online music, digital newspapers, and video streaming websites. Other non-online print publishing are adapting to website technology, or are reshaped into blogging, web feeds and online news aggregators. The Internet has enabled and increased new forms of personal interactions through instant messaging, internet forums, social networking and more. Online shopping has grown for major retailers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
You can make money on the internet. It can create profit successfully like any other business if done right. Offering personal services, working online with being in contact with an employer or making your own website and earn money from it. Even sell your stuff or trade cryptocurrency. While many companies or organisations use the internet to improve their efficiency and productiveness, they can use many methods that will cause: increased credibility, increased exposure, greater quantity and quality of inquiries, increased donations and sells, increased access to your information, savings in costs, become more environmental friendly and so much more possible methods that could be used. Making money on the internet is explained online through videos and written content.
Relevant facts about the internet:
- The internet influenced sales to the tune of $2.1 trillion in 2016
- it takes around 2 billion electrons to produce a single email. Now imagine millions of emails being sent in a single day. That’s definitely a lot of electrons to be playing around with
- In 1993 there were only 623 websites on the internet
- Today, more than 100,000 domain names are registered every single day
- According to the latest statistic, online dating generates approximately $1 billion dollars every year.
- Before the internet, lol meant “Lots of love”
- Only 5% of the world’s 7700 languages have made it to the internet
- Twenty hours of video from around the world are uploaded to YouTube every minute. The first ever YouTube video was uploaded on April 23rd 2005, by Jawed Karim (one of the founders of the site) and was 18 seconds long, entitled “Me at the zoo”. It was quite boring, as is 99% of the content on YouTube today
- In 2010 Finland became the first country to declare internet access as a legal right
- There is high-speed internet access all the way up Mount Everest
- Google estimates that the Internet today contains about 5 million terabytes of data (1TB = 1,000GB), and claims it has only indexed a paltry 0.04% of it all! You could fit the whole Internet on just 200 million Blu-Ray disks
- So much more!!!
Like anything, too much of the internet can be a bad thing. We diagnose ourselves and this creates a bigger health awareness on the individual. China has camps for internet addicts. Internet addiction is being considered a mental disorder by researchers. We multitask more and in some people productivity and efficiency can actually decrease. The internet is rewiring our brains both positively and negatively. You just need to monitor/manage your use to use it at your physical and mental advantage. The two worst things about the internet is that an average person who is not talented in any way can become famous and you can cheat easy using your phone’s internet.
I have been impacted by the internet. It has influenced me to try many things. I have been entertained by its various free content. Paying some times, it has help me in my writing and my personnel life. Not having much friends around where I live it helps me keep in touch with them. The software and programmes have taught me some creative skills. Writing in this blog is possible because of the internet. Self published my first book on the internet. Personal and extra, the internet has given me more opportunities than anything else I have experienced.
The potential of the internet is endless. When quantum computers become more powerful and available to the public, the internet’s power and all technology power will increase. Opportunities and freedom makes the internet an interesting place. Some may hide behind their keyboards while others use the full advantages of the internet to become what they need and have to be. Deep now in our culture the internet helps our global economy and gives life to all social and political issues. You can find truth on the internet if it has good references and resources. This article I have just written does not give the internet the credit it truly deserves.
“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” – Stephen Hawking
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