Internet is a marvelous technology because it has given us so many tools that we use for multiple things in our daily lives. From work-related aspects to entertainment activities, the internet has been a major part of every new technology that mankind has developed in the past decade. Ever since its inception, the internet has not only been an incredible feat of modern technological invention, but it also has helped in the creation of many new forms of technology like AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain, among many others, almost acting like a catalyst.
Apart from all these cutting-edge and complicated new inventions, the internet has also done wonders for an average citizen by providing cost-effective means of communication, cheaper entertainment options, and by making information resources easy to access from all over the world, which has greatly contributed to uplift the educational infrastructure.
In order to reach the masses it was required to provide easy and cheap access to the internet, and it did exactly that. With consistent improvements in its technological infrastructure, the internet became accessible to more and more areas of the world and with increased saturation, we see a significant price drop in internet services today. This is because of the involvements of communication giants in the field, big companies like AT&T, Comcast, Spectrum, and Cox are spending heavily to improve their infrastructure and reduce the cost to become the market leader in such a huge industry. An example of Cox internet prices clearly shows this intent to make the internet cheaper to capture more consumers.
At the moment the number of internet subscribers has reached almost 300 Million in the US alone, which makes it 90 percent of the population and companies are trying their best to capitalize on such a huge market. This saturation has led to a win-win situation for the customers as they are not only able to get a cost-effective internet but the footprint of the internet has also increased to more areas with the inclusion of new service providers. This is a move in the right direction as people now need the internet for almost all the activities that are performed in their daily lives.
The incredible adaptive nature of the internet has allowed it to seamlessly integrate with different aspects of life. That is why we are seeing many governments of the world listing internet as an essential service. And this wasn’t only just wordplay because we also saw the internet actually enjoying the status of an essential service during the pandemic when many governments including the US government launched special grants to users in order to remain connected to the internet.
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Importance of the Internet Today
We all are well aware of the importance of the internet in today’s world, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that this importance has skyrocketed after the pandemic. Because when the pandemic happened and people were restricted to their homes it was only the internet that provided much-needed relief to the completely hopeless situation of humanity. The whole world’s infrastructure was shifted online and everything was done on the internet, from business to jobs, education, entertainment, almost everything.
In this way, humanity transcended to an online world where all our actions and interactions were being conducted on the internet. Today people need the internet for their education, jobs, businesses, and communication. Plus all the sensitive data transferring tasks and informational access are also done on the internet. This poses a huge responsibility on all users to have a good and stable internet connection.
Influence of the Internet in different Fields
Today the internet holds significant importance in different fields of life. These fields include the field of communication, mass media, and education sector, and many others. However, today we are going to dwell deep into how much the internet has changed these important fields of life.
Internet is a technology that has revolutionized our means of communication by providing several different cost-effective solutions. Today we have technologies like VoIP that allow users to communicate voice over the internet. Plus there are also features to do video calling through internet-based apps.
On the other hand, texting has also become quite convenient after the inclusion of the internet. The best part about all these services is that they are mostly free and just require an internet connection. This effectively bridged distances and shortened wait times and communication delays allowing people to stay connected to their loved ones over long distances.
News and Mass Media
The Internet has also become the primary news source of this current generation. Gone are the days when people relied on newspapers and TV channels for daily news. Today everyone can post about daily happenings around them through social media platforms and get their word across the world. That is why we see that whenever there is a major global event, the word of that particular happening spreads across the world through social media within seconds.
People have cameras in their hands now, thanks to smartphones, video reporting is not a big deal as any regular citizen can capture and post major happenings over social media platforms. Plus these platforms are free from censorship and governmental restrictions thus allowing people to see the real and raw side of the news which gets obscured on national television.
The Internet has played a great role in making education economical and its access easier for everybody. It has empowered students from less privileged areas to study in prestigious institutes from their homes. Plus remote learning programs are also allowing students all over the world to study in the institute of their choice without being physically present there, completely through the internet. Also, there are free courses and study material present on the web which is accessible for anyone present anywhere in the world, all they need is an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge.
We have also witnessed how the internet proved to be a game-changer for the educational circuit during the pandemic when classes and exams were conducted online, in a time when students were unable to attend their educational institutes.
No doubt the internet is a blessing for mankind. However, this is also a fact that like any other technology it has its pros and cons. At the moment we are only enjoying its benefits which is why the influence of the internet is increasing day by day. Plus the seamless transition of the internet in various fields of life has made us dependent on it for our daily tasks. But this also poses a very scary question of whether this level of influence on technology is safe and healthy, and what will happen if someday this plug is pulled off? These are points to ponder and we should be careful regarding our dependence and the amount of influence the internet holds on the current society.