Has the internet taken you over?


The Internet: World Wide Web 

How has the internet changed our social evolution?

The internet has drastically revolutionized our modern-day communication. To an extent that almost everything we do involves the internet. For example, how we interact with people or our loved ones. Not only that, but it has also changed things such as business, education, government, healthcare, etc. It’s almost as if our whole lives are being monitored! 

The internet, having a feature such as messaging, can provide us with instant communication, emailing, and services from all over the world. It improves interactions and saves much more time for a person. It also allows people to share experiences and information from things that are being viewed. The internet has changed all personal spaces and the way we interact in person. It has even affected the economy by the business culture and electronic commerce. Things used in the present day involve digital items and take much more electricity than before such as heaters, coolers, washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and much. 

What is the importance of the Internet?

The importance of the internet is to improve the quality of people’s lives. It’s known to be one of the best communication tools. It’s almost as if you were communicating telepathically. It gives access to previous things that were not accessible before. The internet’s endless creativity allows people to research a broad range of new things and helps them to find new opportunities. The internet can increase levels of intellect and help us re-discover ways to learn. Thus, researching it can help us reclaim our human legacy of learning. 

How does the internet affect people’s lives?

Nowadays, everything can be solved from the internet. To put it in a perspective, people don’t necessarily need to run errands anymore; they literally push a button and have most of the humanities first world problems solved. The internet makes things much more accessible and creates new forms of expression that allow for more freedoms of expression.

I believe that it can also boost your self-esteem in a way that you have more confidence in yourself to speak about how you feel. The internet can affect your attention span, memory skills, language acquisition or form of expression, reading, and learning abilities.

However, too much of the internet can potentially cause social isolation and depression. If you’re spending too many hours staring at a screen it makes you become super occupied and you forget about the awareness of your surroundings, which is potentially diminishing your brain. Spending too much time can also lead to forgetting to do the things that are required of you such as chores and homework.

The internet also includes breaches of privacy and security such as the proliferation of hacking, fake news, identity theft, cyberbullying, and internet predation. This gives us negative effects of the internet on social relationships. People who spend more time on the internet are also less likely to communicate with others in person. Being on the internet too often can also demotivate you to engage in outdoor activities. 

How do you reduce the amount of time you spend on the internet?

Let’s all be quite honest, the internet is the face of the future. The reality here is that there isn’t a way to escape it. We live in such an advanced technological environment that it just cannot go away. One thing for sure though, is that you can reduce the amount of time you spend on the internet in order to create new healthy habits. The easiest way is, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ by making it difficult to access the internet you will naturally spend less time on it. So go back to the basics. Think back in time to when you were younger and were doing things through your development stage of childhood. What happened to your hobbies? Create some new hobbies that do not involve the internet in order for you to newly occupy yourself. Try things such as reading, physical activities outdoors, dancing, painting, playing board games, etc.