Today, living without the internet is unimaginable. Just close your eyes for a second and imagine life before the internet. Most notably, millennials will never live in a world without mobile gadgets or connectivity. Yes, there are still (small) regions of the world that are not connected to the internet, but for those of us who live in industrialised nations, it is difficult to picture a time before Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook.
Never before has the impact of the internet been felt as strongly as it is right now. Today, we use the internet to work, shop, and remain in touch. In Australia, the roll-out of NBN internet has added to the ever-increasing dependence on connectivity.
Let’s count the ways the internet has changed our daily lives.
The internet has eliminated all obstacles to communication, resulting in an open society with simple, quick, and limitless communication practices and opportunities. Thanks to our mobile phones, we can converse online without even using a computer.
Now, it is very easy for art, information, and cultural processes to travel over the world. The way we communicate on social media has profoundly changed how we view our lives and our intimate connections. Nowadays, distance is less of a barrier.
eCommerce is one of the biggest advancements made possible by the internet. The popularity of sites like Amazon, eBay, and online marketplaces proves that going into a physical store to make a purchase is no longer necessary. Shopping for a certain item resembles a multi-channel journey: you can view a thing in-person, research it online, compare pricing at other stores, make the buy in-app, and pick it up in-person.
Brick and mortar stores won’t fully disappear, but eCommerce makes it possible to launch a business for considerably less money. Everyone can benefit from eCommerce, regardless of their size, industry, or stage of development. Additionally, as competition in the online retail market increases, companies concentrate on offering clients high-quality goods and services. For the consumer, it means having access to a wide range of options at competitive prices from the comfort of their homes.
In the past, conducting research required visiting libraries, museums, universities, and other institutions. Now, search engines are the major method for accessing the Internet as a source of information. You even have all the information you need in your pocket because of the smartphone. The Internet has it all—education, essays, product comparisons, self-help advice, technical information, diets, and do-it-yourself projects.
You can get whatever you need on the internet, and you seldom ever need a physical object (like a DVD) to use it. With the advent of smart TVs and the next generation of gaming consoles, all you need is a connection to enjoy on-demand tailored content, movie streaming on Netflix, music streaming on Spotify or Apple Music, or sports viewing on ESPN. Additionally, as long as you have an internet connection, you may access these entertainment channels from anywhere at any time using your mobile devices. How convenient is that?
- WORK AND EMPLOYMENT
The advent of remote employment has significantly altered how the Internet has affected our daily life. Back in the day, remote work was simply unthinkable. Work from home (WFH) has been on the increase for a while, but the COVID pandemic has really accelerated its growth. And it will remain. The number of tools and apps for remote work keeps growing every day.
- FINANCIAL SERVICES
In the past, checking on even the most fundamental financial transactions required a trip to the bank. That was before the emergence of online banking. Traditional institutions have been compelled to adapt to the challenges of evolution as generic accounts have evolved into real people as a result of technological advances. They must now shift their attention away from money and products and onto the retail banking client experience.
Various digital payment methods, including Paypal and Venmo, have also been developed. Some companies also provide consumers with a simple and safe cashless payment platform via digital services like free user-to-user money transfers, frictionless bank transfers, and bills payment.
In the era of the Internet, everyone is a physician. Although you shouldn’t believe whatever you read online, it is indisputable that technology has altered the medical experience and the dynamics between patients and doctors. On the one hand, there is the potential for inaccurate information, but on the other, there is growing recognition that mobile devices can enhance lifestyle and aid in illness prevention.
Looking at how life has evolved may seem like a walk down memory lane, but it also enables you to see where we are all going as individuals, clients, and businesses. The internet has brought both benefits and enormous opportunities for those who can act quickly and tap into the potential of emerging technology.