As science and technology evolve and change, our everyday habits change alongside. Every significant technological improvement in the past has affected our lives, but the Internet has probably done so the most. Most of us practically cannot imagine our lives without it and rely on it throughout our day, to make our lives easier.
The internet has had a huge impact on many different aspects of our reality, but the most noticeable changes can be seen in the spheres of business, education, shopping, social life, and general lifestyle. Let’s dig in deeper and explain how these changes are manifested.
The Internet and Business
The way we look at business and jobs has changed significantly since the internet has started growing. Today, it is easier than ever to quit your typical 9 to 5 job and pursue an independent career. The opportunities for making money online are huge and more and more people are choosing to take advantage of them.
People now regularly have business interviews on Skype or work from home. Young people especially are choosing to start a freelancing career which gives them the freedom to work from home or while traveling.
The Internet and Education
With the advance of the internet, education has never been easier to obtain. With smartphones in our pockets, we have an almost indefinite source of knowledge right at hand’s reach. Most of us are using it to watch cat videos though, but that’s a topic for another discussion.
Apart from online encyclopedias (such as Wikipedia), there are numerous online universities (such as EdX, Udemy, Coursera, etc.) that offer free or paid courses on a mammoth number of topics. Many of these are hosted by big universities from around the world, which gives them importance and credibility.
The Internet and Shopping
Shopping is another aspect of our lives that has changed dramatically since we started using the internet. Most of the things we’d like to buy are only several clicks away with popular websites such as eBay, Amazon, Aliexpress, and so on. You no longer need to wander around your city looking for a specialized shop to buy something or travel to another city or another country to find what you need.
Another big advantage of online shopping is that you can place an order 24/7, day or night. We don’t even need to mention the fact that you can order a pizza, which is good enough by itself.
The Internet and Social Life
Maintaining a social life has never been easier, but at the same time, it has never been more difficult. With social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, you can stay in touch with anyone and contact anyone in seconds. Whatsapp and Viber make this even easier.
However, experts argue that this ease of communication is taking value away from human relationships and is thus counterproductive. Many young people make and maintain relationships online while disregarding their “offline life”.
The Internet and Lifestyle
Fashion, beauty, and lifestyle bloggers have become legitimate careers nowadays. There are more and more self-proclaimed experts in these areas of life who use the internet to give advice, set trends, and eventually earn money. Moreover, there are even more people who follow these independent entrepreneurs and listen to what they say. Therefore, the internet has a great impact on our lifestyle and modern trends.