Let’s take a moment to appreciate the gifts that the internet has brought to us…
In the mid 1990s, the world had its unique moment, after which life as we knew it would never be the same: the internet revolution took us by storm. What was initially designed for the military turned into the revolutionary world wide web. The internet changed the way we source information, the way we communicate, pretty much the way we do almost everything! Let’s have a look at some of the spectacular impacts the internet has had on our lives.
Globe Trotting Internet Revolution
For those of us who love to travel, the internet has really opened doors and brought a sense of real globalization. Remember the days of travel agents? We had to go and sit in their offices looking through the limited package deals on offer or the very expensive made-to-measure holidays. Depending on which agency you visited, the offers were limited to the companies they had deals with.
The internet revolution has given us countless websites offering flights, hotels, car rentals and package holidays. Not only that, but the sheer options enabling you to compare before you buy really allow you to see what’s on offer for your money. Sites such as TripAdvisor allow you to read real comments by travellers who have stayed at the resort you want to go to, and you can look at the traveller’s photos which usually have nothing to do with the professional pictures that the company uploads.
Online shopping has to be one of the best things to come from the internet revolution. You are spoiled for choice, can shop internationally, and it’s convenient if you don’t have the time to physically go shopping. You can shop around to find products at the best prices, and I would go so far as to say that there are some great products you can’t find in the shops anymore, but which you can find online.
If you love exotic items which originally you could only purchase on travels, the internet now allows you to find and purchase them, and have them shipped to your home. Or if you love the idea of a shopping trip to New York, you can now buy from US websites who ship worldwide. For book lovers, I can’t imagine life without Amazon anymore. Whether you are looking for paperbacks or ebooks, with one click they are yours. And of course Amazon has expanded far beyond books these days.
Even contact lenses used to be a lengthy process involving going to the opticians regularly to top them up. Now websites such as Lensstore offer a wide selection of lenses at great prices. Not only that, they have teamed up with Vision Express and offer free eye tests.
The Age of Digital Communication
The internet revolution has truly changed the way we communicate, probably for ever. We can keep in touch with each other – even internationally – without limitations. We live in the world of social media and smartphone apps, and what used to be a phone call from landline to landline has now become a chat on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The ultimate in communication is the posting of your selfies to Facebook and Instagram, and sending out little Tweets. This way your friends know what you’re up to and can passively take part. (Live) video streaming networks such as Periscope and Snapchat give your followers a little active glimpse of your life.
How the Internet Has Changed Our Careers
The internet revolution has also had a massive impact on how we work and look for jobs. We used to go to school, specialize in a given field, then take the best job offer we find. Thanks to the internet we now have access to thousands and thousands of jobs, companies and opportunities. We are no longer limited only to what we find in our vicinity. We can expand our boundaries as much as we like. Working from home has become more and more popular thanks to the internet – we can share information, documents and communicate via email and Skype, and share documents using Google Docs. We can also learn new skills and even take university courses online to retrain or obtain additional qualifications. We no longer have to choose between becoming a parent and working from home. If we run our own online businesses from home our working hours become as flexible as we need them to still be able to maintain our personal lives.
There are many more revolutionary consequences of the internet which we haven’t mentioned above. The internet also has its dark side, but that is only to be expected – there could not be a positive revolutionary side without its counterpart.
We feel very excited about the internet revolution and all of the opportunities and connection it has brought. So to end this article we say: “Thank You Internet!”.