Impact of using the Internet: It is not a secret that online has led to the world becoming more connected. I think so because of the way it can be used in different spheres of life. For example, social media and advertising. Through this, many people now have access to the information they need and no longer have to go outside. And I am not talking about books here but the internet itself.
From a person’s perspective, what is the impact of using the internet? Let me begin by responding to the first two inquiries. First question: why do we need it? To answer the first question, there are a lot of reasons why we do need it. In the past, when computers were just very much limited and computers could only perform specific tasks well, these days computers do much more than just simply doing calculations. Instead, they can easily manage your information, give you instant access to all the information it needs at the top of your screen and even control other things like phones and tablets.
Moreover, it is not difficult to imagine the future of the world without computers because everything will be done by machines. You may also think how much easier it would be if computers did not depend on us and our data. We would simply connect them with cables and they would do everything for us, just like living in an apartment that does not rely on us humans. So, we obviously need social networks and other types of networks to stay connected to each other and our worlds. They have become part of normal lives for most people.
As said by Marc Andreessen, a venture capitalist who created Sun Valley, “the fact that we connect our devices to the World Wide Web means that it becomes possible for anyone anywhere on the globe to post something on Facebook, tweet or comment on one another, and to see it by the tens of millions of people around the world who can do it by simply clicking a button.”
If you want a better understanding of my point, let me tell you a story. In 2016, as per a survey, 89% of Americans think they can use their mobile apps to search for anything they want and ask for help. Nowadays, people can find answers to any type of information with their smartphones. That’s not even the beginning. People can chat, read articles, watch videos on YouTube, etc., which is called OTT (Over-the-top). Today, it helps you make a lot of people to be aware of what’s happening in your life.
Some examples are Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Showtime, and Game of Thrones. All of those shows, which are produced by companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, etc., have made people be able to see what’s going on with their favorite characters, feel how it feels to be in certain situations, and sometimes, even participate in some sports events in the same series using their mobile phones or computer. But this kind of thing also makes TV viewers lose interest in traditional television because so much content is being shown at once on different screens and it doesn’t bring you any pleasure.
So, what kind of effects do such applications have? This kind of app can change people’s thinking, which brings us to the second question of whether we should really use them or not. If we consider whether you like watching a movie or a book, then there are good chances that if you got into reading it when you were little, then you will not regret this decision (or rather, you will regret only a few decisions based on what you’ve read so far).
Then, there are a few famous actors and actresses, whose films have been released in multiple theaters around the world and received positive reviews. Even though they weren’t in great shape, people started watching them and wanted to know what it was about. With time, all of them became successful and people thought of them as role models who showed them that you can succeed and accomplish anything you set your mind to. So, what the actors did was take what they had learned and apply them to real life. However, this is not always the case with reality and it depends on many factors like family, friends, education, and so many others.
Also, if we compare both ways of viewing and consider these kinds of content to entertainment, they are different because, unlike entertainment, such kind of content gives you happiness but with the right intention and skills. When you enjoy the movie or the show, then you are aware of your character and what he/she did, so you try to recreate that behavior in a virtual environment. The same is with books, except they get even deeper when it comes to self-reflection. They are not just facts, they are about your personality. And so, you read them, want to understand them, and analyze them. And finally, we have to say if you like playing basketball, then yes, you will enjoy playing it in reality, but it’s not that easy. Actually, you must be very competitive. Because you are training yourself to be smarter than everyone else.
So, you focus on your performance, and then you have to do your best every game and compete with everybody else. On the other hand, if you like writing, you will do it so well that nobody is going to beat you because you’re a writer. By the way, if I have to choose between entertaining myself and doing something valuable then it is pretty hard in my opinion because I prefer to entertain myself with cartoons and novels. Plus, those ideas aren’t new to me, so I wouldn’t risk losing something important and important if I spend more time researching and studying. Thus, I believe that the future of the world as a whole depends a lot on how much we learn each day and how much we want to achieve.
So, instead of scrolling through Instagram photos and news on Twitter, we should invest more time in studying, practicing, and maybe studying computer science to improve ourselves and our understanding of the subject. Yes, the world without technology seems impossible because at present we have many people sharing their knowledge and experiences all over the world and in comparison to previous generations, the younger generation has no idea what the future holds. Just imagine that tomorrow you have more time and that you will get to share your experience and learn from it.
Okay, so how long before we can be able to do that? Maybe in 10 years or 20 years or 20 decades. There are so many ways to develop the field, it can be very complicated. So, we might never reach that point. But from my perspective, it won’t be too bad because we will definitely find ways to overcome the barriers and challenges of the next generations of professionals and society itself. This is a big deal and we should all be looking forward to this one. I hope I’ve convinced you and you also think just like me, I believe that social networks and OTT will be the drivers of the modern future. So, let’s face reality with open minds and don’t judge the whole process and the future of society by just its technology.