The modern era is extremely advanced and well-developed. The basic reason for this development is the launch of the internet and its applications. The modern developments through the internet have also widened the opportunities for business and professional developments. The internet is a major advancement of the modern era, enabling people to access the world at their fingertips. But, this major advancement in human history is not without its advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of the Internet
Internet is the 21th century’s indispensable information source. Many businesses today depend on the internet. It provides users with an infinite amount of information about any and everything. One of the things that make the internet indispensable is how easily accessible it is. Internet is not restricted to time and its use is not a strenuous activity. The internet allows people to communicate with friends, relatives, or colleagues who live in virtually any part of the world. In addition to these, the internet provides people with the latest information. With a rapid changing world it is very convenient to have access to readily available information.
The internet is an indispensable technological development for teachers, businessmen and businesswomen, politicians, students etc. who always need the latest, updated information. In this respect it can be said that the internet is crucial for these people. Widely used in offices, research institutes, information centers and education, the internet has greatly raised the accuracy and efficiency of work; and has saved money and manpower. People are able to check available balance, make transfer payments, pay bills, and buy insurance or stock through the internet. It makes people’s lives so much easier.
Many businesses are internet based or utilize the internet to grow. Amazon.com, is a very successful online retail business that owes its success to the advantages that the internet provides. Fun and entertainment can also be offered by the Internet. There is a plethora of online video game websites and video streaming websites as well. The internet is no longer a luxury in this modern era, but a necessity. A necessity that offers many advantages that make life much more enjoyable for many.
Disadvantages of the Internet
The internet as revolutionary as it is, is not without its disadvantages. Many people use the internet for online banking, social networking, or other services which may put them at risk of identity theft. Others can access personal information through unsecured connections or by planting software; and then use those personal details for their benefit. Internet users are often plagued by virus attacks on their systems. Virus programs are inconspicuous and may get activated by a mere click of a seemingly harmless link. Computers connected to the internet are very prone to targeted virus attacks and may end up crashing. Not all the information the internet provides is accurate. Therefore; users should be weary on sources of information found on the internet. Thanks to the internet, people are meeting others on social networks. More and more people are drifting apart from their friends and family. Even children prefer to play online games rather than going out and mingling with other kids. The lack of personal interaction may result in a loss of social skills. One’s way of getting along with people cannot be practiced simply through the internet. The internet can lead to social isolation and be quite addictive. “Internet addicts” neglect other important aspects of their life such as work, friends, family, and other important responsibilities. Overuse of the internet can lead to a more sedimentary lifestyle which could further exacerbate the growing obesity in this country. The internet also makes people more susceptible to predators, cyber bullying, and other threats. With the internet, bullied children are not only being bullied at school, but