The Impact of the Internet in Our Everyday Lives

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Do you want to know a little more about the internet? Read this article.

Going down memory lane, there is one major affiliation associated with all humans, which is change. Change is the only constant thing in life and among all the attributes involved with the word change, Knowledge is the most important. 

The human brain can store information totalling about 254 EB (EXABYTES) of data. This is approximately 1 billion GB (GIGABYTES). That is equivalent to stacking CD-ROMs from earth to the moon, thus indicating a very large volume of data storage. With this size of information available for storage in our brain, it is safe to say that there may be a difficulty in storing the right kind of knowledge thus leading to the creation of computers during the industrial revolution. The first computer being the Analytical Engine was designed by British mathematician Charles Babbage between 1833 and 1871. 

In the past, a “computer” was a person, whose duty it was to add and subtract numbers. This person was also responsible for entering the results into different tables. The tables were then transferred into books for different purposes. This was to help people to use them to complete various tasks. Tasks such as launching artillery shells accurately or calculating taxes and a whole lot more were completed using those calculations by humans. 

Life Before the Internet

Before the creation of the internet, what did people do? How was life affected? was it a positive or negative influence? these are some of the questions asked before the existence of the internet.  In response to that, people still moved on with their lives, carrying out various tasks as scheduled, in a way as suitable as possible, but this turned out to be a less efficient way with the advent of the internet. before the internet, people read books at leisure times, made artistic drawings or just took a stroll down the street. 

In the event of an argument, people rarely agreed to take each other’s sides except for the side of an elderly person who was consulted on the subject matter. this was only acceptable because they feel the older person has enough experience by virtue of his / her age. 

These were trying times for accurate information as there was little or no way to verify claims. Newspapers and magazines were quite popular, with people reading them out of the desire to kill boredom, get information or pass time and not because they enjoyed reading them. people had to walk or drive for miles just to get accurate information. 

Businesses spent more financially just to reach the right audience/market so as to sell goods and services and make profits. Ideas were only documented personally and tutorials were only given physically. This resulted in inefficient use of time and adults became unaware of the potentials they had in them to succeed at a particular task, before the invention of the internet.

The Internet

Seemingly reading this article on the part of a novice might seem confusing, especially if the word “internet” has no meaning to the reader. yes, some people do not understand the word “internet”, which brings us to the question, what does the internet stand for?

The Internet, sometimes simply called “the Net,” is a worldwide system of computer networks – a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers). In basic terms, the internet is a global interconnected collection of networks that communicate using internet protocols.

It was conceived by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. government in 1969 and was first known as the ARPANET. The original aim was to create a network that would allow users of a research computer at one university to “talk to” research computers at other universities. A side benefit of ARPANet’s design was that, because messages could be routed or rerouted in more than one direction, the network could continue to function even if parts of it were destroyed in the event of a military attack or any other disaster.

Reasons For Creating the Internet

Was there a need for the creation of the internet? The government did create the internet out of a necessity for carrying out government functions and obligations. However, they never envisaged the success of the internet commercially with respect to the future.

The creation of the internet marked another era in technology advancement. With it, the percentage of knowledgeable beings on the planet has drastically increased, with accurate information available at the click of a button. Not just information, businesses have also been given a platform to grow, by targeting the right audiences and also spending fewer resources (or rather, a high volume of resources in some cases). 

The internet has really become a necessity since it’s creation as so many businesses, existence, etc are tied to it. It has become a means in which a person or persons communicate globally without breaking a sweat. Imagine a world where persons can hold a conference meeting all in the comfort of their homes. A world where classified information can be sent from one person to the other safely without the archaic mailing system.

Benefits of the Internet

  • The educational system has benefited a great deal from the internet, thus making education easily reached, with research. The internet has helped to get quality education across various platforms.
  • Individuals interested in getting a degree in a specific field can use this medium (Internet) to attend their desired institution. This has made education easily accessible for Africans, most especially and everyone else across the globe. Furthermore, the Internet has helped education grow and reach many people across the globe, easily and quickly. You can now get your desired degrees in the comfort of your home.
  • With the Internet, it very easy to connect with friends and family who are far away from your location. We can now reach our friends and family with instant messengers such as Messenger, WhatsApp, IMO, WE Chat, Palm Play, or e-mails, or with social media like Facebook, Myspace, Snapchat and so on.
  • The internet has greatly improved the health sector. It helps individuals easily get home remedy/ treatment to common ailments. Ailments such as the common cold, cough, insect bites, flu, and so on.
  • The Internet has also made a great deal in helping organizations and local businessmen to sell their products online. One can now advertise and sell their products using e-commerce stores like E-bay, Amazon, Jumia, Ali-Express, and so on.
  • With the internet, it is easier to carry out foreign exchange and online transactions.
  • The internet has helped many get employed by searching for jobs online. This is done using job search platforms like Jobberman, etc. Here, employers and organizations post vacancies for positions to be filled.
  • With the internet, many individuals have made money online by becoming bloggers, as well as writers. Thus passing information to people seamlessly and freely.

 

 

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