Technology and the internet seem to be all around us these days. We can now surf the net from wherever we are, whenever we want. While some argue that they are brainwashing us and ruining our lives, we can’t deny just how incredible it is to connect with those we never would have interacted with without this technology. Plus, there’s plenty more where that comes from. Here are just some of the biggest reasons the internet is good for us.
It’s great for learning
From hobbies to career skills, there’s a whole host of online courses that allow individuals of all ages to learn something new. Perhaps you want to pick up a new skill, or maybe traveling to the other side of the country for university isn’t viable. Either way, you can take your pick from a bunch of modules over the internet. It’s no surprise that students joining online courses have increased by 96%.
It’s not just great for extra-curricular courses. By using the internet more, and exploring the apps and features on offer, we get used to different technologies – which can only be a good thing as the world becomes even more digitally focussed and savvy. In fact, a quiz looking at internet usage and perceptions to determine technological ages found that, as Gen Zs may spend more time online, they have a higher awareness of internet safety. So, by using the internet regularly, you’re more likely to have a better understanding of it, which could keep you safer.
The internet provides us with endless information and data on practically every single subject out there. Whether you’re looking for advice on a topic that you’re struggling to talk about or simply want to know more about a certain product or service before purchasing it, the internet has all the answers too.
It keeps us connected
The internet makes communicating and staying connected to friends and family even easier. Whether through Skype, social media messengers or chat platforms, we’re now able to build and maintain relationships – no matter the distance in between us. What’s more, the dating scene has widened too, with over a third of engaged couples revealing that they met online.
It boosts our economy
Over 40% of Americans say they order their groceries online every week. That’s before we even think about the amount of people booking holidays, ordering clothes, and takeout pizza online. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that the internet contributes a huge amount to the world’s gross domestic product.
Not just that, but it creates jobs – both in the technology sphere and also in businesses themselves that hire the likes of social media managers and content creators. Even more poignant is that the internet is being used for crowdfunding – helping millions of people all over the world to raise money for treatment, experiences and lots of other big ideas.
Of course, it can’t be denied that the internet does come with its setbacks, but the above points should at least highlight that there have been some hugely positive things to come out of it.