What is the Internet?
The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link billions of devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and peer-to-peer networks for file sharing. (Internet, wiki)
Our Usage of the Internet
It is estimated that there around 2.4 billion internet users worldwide and 70% of them use the internet every day. People are using the internet for a whole range of different reasons, some these are: research, banking, shopping, meeting people, information about health, marketing travel reservations, looking for jobs. The website with the most monthly views is Google followed by YouTube and in third place we have Facebook. For the complete list click here. Social networking users spend an average of 3.2 hours on social networking sites. For more internet usage stats click here.
We need the internet!
Going by the numbers a lot of us are using the internet on a regular basis. The Internet is one of the main research tools to get information and it is the best way to do many tasks quickly. In most circumstance doing a Google search is much faster than any alternative. If there is a better way, people would use that instead. Last year the White House started its new ConnectHome initiative, this is where president Obama wanted to make the internet more accessible for those who currently didn’t have access from their homes. Obama mentioned how internet in the home can build that brighter future by connecting families with information they need to get ahead in school and career life.
Personally, I think labeling people are dependent on the internet is just trying to depict the internet in a negative way. I believe the internet is just a very convenient and practical tool to use. The internet contains a combination of many resources and so saves time for people who would have to find all that information without the internet. Accessing this information is not a bad thing and it means that if there was no internet the alternative is there. I am still a student studying, but I still remember a time when the internet was not such a big thing. Instead of communicating via social media, people would use their phones more for calling. We would all probably start watching TV again and even though it’s not so convenient any more, we would probably just go back to the library for information. Last year I went a month with no internet, this was because my family had to move in a Motel because our house was being repaired from the Christchurch earthquakes. It was actually very enjoyable I just ended up watching a lot of TV shows and movies and reading some books. We are not dependent on the internet it’s just a very helpful tool to have and if the internet were to go down I believe we would be able to adjust smoothly.
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