The internet has clearly taken over people’s lives. This might seem like a bold statement, and it does need breaking down. Since the first internet browser, there has been a revolution. Initially, no one thought that the internet could have such a massive impact. People found it too slow, and not very user friendly. Requests would time out and only one person at a time in a household or school could actually be online. However, fast forward 15 years and things could not be more different.
Internet usage is a daily part of life. However, ask most people and they would say that they don’t really use the internet all that much. This is because rather than being a treat and something which could rack up massive phone bills, it’s become almost a utility. This is strongly demonstrated by the fact that the broadband bill is often taken into consideration in the same way that electricity or gas is for most homes. In other words, it’s a necessity. Even if this is pointed out to people, it is likely that they would still disagree and think that their internet usage is comparatively low.
However, other web based platforms need to be considered. For example, the iPad or iPhone means that the user is constantly connected to the internet. WiFi, 4G or 3G connections make things quick and easy to download from whatever device is being used.
Consequently, like electricity and gas, people are often using the internet without even realising it.
Consider also social networking platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. These are now a huge part of people’s lives and they would not exist at all without the internet – and fast internet at that. Instant news feeds, status updates, photographs, video content – it all adds up to a rapidly expanding web-based world.
Television is even going web based. Smart TVs which connect to the internet mean that films can be rented at the drop of a hat. TV series can be watched again and again. International sports can be picked up. Fibre optic broadband speeds mean that watching the TV via a Smart TV or a hub can often provide a better quality of signal compared to digital signals, which can be subject to more interference.
So the next time someone says that they don’t use the internet very much, they just need reminding how much it is embedded into modern life.