The basic necessities for the survival of life are air, water, food, shelter, etc. and of course, how can we forget the “almighty Internet”. Our entire lives are dependent on the Internet, from how to solve a maths problem to the funniest memes—the almighty lord internet has all the answers. Now some may argue that Internet has ruined the way we live our lives, but most of us beg to differ; because not everything can be simply categorised as either black or white. While Internet has its fair share of disadvantages, it has certainly changed our lives for the better.
Uses of Internet in our daily lives depends on our desires and goals. Activities in our daily lives are decided after the use of Internet. It has innovated our daily lives. Positive use of the Internet makes our lives easy and simple. The Internet provides us useful data, information, and knowledge for the personal, social and economic development and it is up to us to utilise our time on the world wide web in a productive manner. The Internet is, in fact, a revolution in information technology.
The global network of computers has changed our lives tremendously. We are hungry to use the Internet. That’s why more than 40% of the world’s population is connected to the Internet according to internetlivestatus.com. This is because we are connected to various information and lifestyle facilities. It is because a large number of new people are getting connected to the Internet via their portable devices every day. We start our day after checking notifications and emails. This means that as soon as we wake up, we are flooded with information from different sources. The Internet has made human life so much easier; now the biggest and the toughest tasks are performed in minutes. No matter what, a simple email, pizza order, shopping or money transfer, it is so much easier by the use of Internet. Sometimes it is difficult to prioritise and decide which information is useful and which is not. Using the Internet positively means we can decide what is important for the day.
The Internet, on the Internet, is free and fast. Indeed we are also using standardised communication protocols but the Internet evolves constantly by using artificial intelligence and search engines to find out how we communicate, how this can be made simpler for use and have a better experience in the shortest possible time. This ability to communicate at breakneck speed enables us to finish our tasks faster and become more efficient.
Students have a free platform to learn throughout their lifetime. People in the age group 18 to 35 are among the most frequent users of the Internet today and these people are mostly students from all over the world. They are using the Internet to learn new skills and even acquire degrees in professional online courses. Similarly, educators are using the Internet for teaching and sharing their knowledge and experience with the world. There are many websites which help to explore what your hidden potential is and which profession would suit you the best. It was not possible before the advent of the Internet to expand the knowledge at this speed. That is why the Internet is playing a crucial role in our education.
We also use the Internet to promote our businesses. We can sell our products by using various e-Commerce solutions on the Internet. E-commerce is booming on the Internet and we can see new services and creative business starting up every single day, which in turn is creating jobs and thereby reducing unemployment. Shopping has become a hassle-free task now and almost anybody can order products online after comparison with the other websites. Shopping on the Internet is affordable, convenient and saves time. I think if the youth of India or from other countries learn and use the Internet seriously, they can get hundreds of options for their careers on the Internet. I believe that the uses of the Internet in business have brought about an exciting stir in the business world and it will not hold back anymore.
Internet tools develop the pace of work towards innovation and quality of research. It is not tough to research on the Internet. From small business owners to big universities everyone is reaping the benefits of the Internet for research and development. Today you can visualise, analyse and monitor customers’ data in real time by using data analysis tools. That helps the businesses to remain competitive in the market by better data analysis. Any information we need regarding health, money, law, RTI, etc., everything is in front of us within a few seconds. So, it is really important that we use the power of the Internet for practical benefits.
It is obvious that the presence of the Internet has made doing business much easier. But it has also created its own set of challenges such as high competition, need for quality content, etc. But knowledge is power and anyone can do business and job after learning more about it. As the newer generations start to log into the Internet, there are immense possibilities of completely new business and jobs. Nowadays, Internet is widely used in making money. If you have the talent, then you can earn money by sitting at home on the Internet. Freelancers websites have given people the option to work remotely (from home) according to their own schedule and commitment. Thousands of freelancers or professionals are doing this on a daily basis to earn more than their bread and butter. If you have an idea which can provide a facility to people then you can start an online business by using any computer and information technology tool.
The use of Internet is not limited to only earning money, it can also be used to manage money. We can now see hundreds of websites, apps and other tools that help us in handling daily transactions, transfers, management, budget planning, etc. and this trend is growing steadily. The Internet is very useful for economic development as well. The use of internet banking, mobile banking, and e-wallets also helps at some point to decrease corruption in India or in any other nation. It is because when using digital transactions it will be recorded in the database. The Income Tax Department can easily track bank database. So, it will be helpful for a government that all income tax reports have correct details which are reflected in the ITR.
Internet is a great tool for politicians to connect with people. The uses of the Internet are not only in personal and business lives but it is common now in politics as well. Politicians are using various methods to influence people and youth on social media to favour their party. They are also using it to criticise other political parties. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal are very active with their followers on Twitter and Facebook and sharing views on different topics. It is a widely accepted fact that Mr. Modi’s success is largely attributed to his presence on social media and an active social media team. It is also good for people to know about the progress of Ministers on a particular task.
The Internet can play a very important role in environmental development. We can use Internet tools such as social media and blogs by promoting environment development activities. Sharing valuable information and knowledge regarding trees, plants and water will make positive effect on Internet users. There are billions of people who use the Internet and if each day, one person can be inspired to save trees and plant then it will be a great use of the Internet.
Uses of the Internet for travel and tourism are highly effective. We now search on Google before visiting any place. We book our tour by the use of the Internet. Tour and travelling service providers and companies are using innovative ways and marketing campaigns to attract people to their website to book tour packages. We can now compare tour package prices on the Internet and choose the one which best suits our budget and requirements. The use of the Internet is highly effective because now we can see and know about the place before we book our tour package. This is one of the biggest uses of the Internet.
The economic development is becoming stronger by the use of Internet in the world. If Internet is used for good things, our social and economic development will continue. The Internet is harmful if we’re using it for the wrong things and in wrong ways. Our daily activities are enhanced and our knowledge is also expanded by the Internet but at the same time, the Internet is providing powerful development tools for humans. That’s why the good uses of Internet are really important in everyday life. Today almost all things are connected and working through the Internet. There should be no doubt that Internet is becoming the engine of every new invention, such as machine learning, cloud computing, business intelligence, internet of things, automation and artificial intelligence tools and services evolution. All these were impossible without the Internet. So, after seeing the above uses, we have to agree that Internet is playing an indispensable role in human development. No field can exclude or escape this ever-growing world wide web, we call the Internet.