INTERNET AND US
The Internet has conquered the world by storm. People around the world depend on it every day and today’s society would not be the same with the absence of it. The Internet is generally defined as a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 190 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions (Vangie Beal, Webopedia).
The introduction of internet to the world made a big impact of how we are living today. Information dissemination is one of the biggest advantages of the internet. With the use of computers, or tablets, or smart phones, whenever and wherever, as long as there is an access to the internet a load of information can be searched in just a click. The user can also choose the type of information needed and the kind of entertainment that he/ she wants. The only danger is that not everything is true, accurate and safe that is why people should be extra cautious to what they read, see and hear in the internet, nevertheless, it is undeniable that the benefits and advantages surmounts the disadvantages of it.
Communication has also been easier than ever because of the internet. Connecting with other people is cheaper and more convenient nowadays, though there are still drawbacks attached with it. For example, some get used with communicating with others electronically instead of meeting the person face to face. Personal interactions were lessened and sometimes leads to miscommunications.
The internet is also a way of other people to show their opinions and expose different sides of the story that are not shown by the media. It gave the netizens the power to inform others with the unbiased actual situations.
Different internet sensations became famous by posting their own blogs, videos or recordings. Internet celebrities continuously increase in number as internet industry grows.
Advertisers also depend heavily on the internet. They flash their products on the most viewed videos on youtube and most visited websites. They also use the internet to survey the ratings of their products compared to the competing brands.
Politicians also made use of the internet for their campaigns. It is much cheaper than having an advertisement in television which cost millions. People can freely campaign, through the internet, the politicians that they think can help the country.
Some of the disadvantages that the internet brings are false information, piracy, copyright infringement, hacking of valuable information, the loss of privacy of many individuals and easier access to different pornographic materials. People are now vulnerable to attackers and hackers especially when they become careless with the security of their own information that they upload in the internet. Thieves also made use of the internet to scam and st eal .
People should always think before they click. They should make use of the internet appropriately and use it according to the intended purpose, since its creation has helped many communities and the economy. Its booming popularity of the internet is accepted generally and will continue to be part of the modern world. — oOo— The author is Admin Aide VI, Department of Education, Division of Angeles City