Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

Society and Culture

How Is the Internet Impacting Us?

by Merry Usman

Computers aren’t just for helping to fill out tax returns or sending emails. They’re now a big part of our day-to-day lives. We use them to check the weather, check our bank balance and stay in touch with friends and family. The Internet also allows us to watch content online, including movies and TV shows. It all relies on something as vital as electricity.

The Internet is an incredible tool. It has enabled our lives to become more technologically advanced, easier and more global. The Internet has a profound effect on our modern lives, and that’s not a hyperbolic statement. The Internet has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, the way we browse, the way we shop and the way we learn. 

The Internet is affecting politics, business, education, media, entertainment, marketing, science, technology, arts and athletics. Its impact, both positive and negative, is felt by nearly everyone on the planet. And while the effects of the Internet in our lives are not completely understood, one thing is for sure: The Internet isn’t going away.

Allows People to Communicate Instantly

If you’re reading this article on a computer, tablet or smartphone, you know that the Internet greatly expands your ability to communicate instantly with others. The web allows you to communicate, share and bid on virtually anything. You thought of something interesting? Now you can blog about it, submit it to your favorite social bookmarking site, tweet about it and even share it on Facebook.

The World Wide Web provides access to millions of websites, pictures, e-mails, games and videos The Internet has changed the way we communicate. We can instantly reach people around the world. The Internet has completely changed the way business is done. The Internet started as a way for people to communicate with each other in a nonverbal way.

Information Consumption

The Internet provides life-changing technologies. The Internet has changed our world and our lives, and the most tangible result of this is that the Internet has changed the way that we all consume information. The Internet has made information instantly accessible, and because of this, it has become the new currency. It’s even changing how we live our lives as smart home devices are starting to become commonplace. But the Internet isn’t just for computers. The Internet of Things, such as accessing your Internet connection from your stove or refrigerator is more common now. We interact with our mobile devices more, and phones are quickly becoming the go-to device for just about everything from communicating with friends to getting directions. But while the Internet has undoubtedly changed our lives for the better, it has also changed them for the worse. Cyberbullying, identity theft and online harassment are all on the rise. Attacking our right to say what we think also is becoming more common.

The Growth of Digital Media

Digital media have grown enormously in the past two decades. From e-mail to the web, from social media to streaming, the digital revolution has done nothing but change the way we live daily. Now, social media are tools used by companies to communicate with their customers.

Today, everyone lives online. Often, we forget to get enough sleep so we can check out the newest game or video. There are more than 4.5 billion Internet users in the world. Most people use the Internet for communication and entertainment.

When we think of digitally enhanced products, we normally think of tablets, smartphones and wearable technology. However, digital media cover a range of products from digital books to video games and music. Digital books are all electronic books that can be read from computers, tablets and smartphones. Video games are electronic games that can be run on a computer, tablet or smart phone, and the Internet allows streaming music, movies and television shows to be downloaded directly to a device. This overload of digital media is hurting our senses and has contributed to obesity rates increasing.

About the Author

Merry is a singer, songwriter, blogger, and recovering worship leader. For two years, Merry had the amazing opportunity to minister Christian youth with her Mom, also serving as Sunday school teacher. She is now happily living with her four sisters and both parents. She also enjoys travelling, photography, and playing with her two dogs.

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