Today Internet is an inevitable part of our daily life. Internet has become a daily routine of us. It helps to Book a Cab, Hotel, show us a path while wandering outside.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of using Internet in our daily lives.
At first, we have to understand its limitations then we can effectively use of this man made service by avoiding doing mistakes.
Advantages and Disadvantages of using Internet
Everything on the earth has some Advantages as well as Disadvantages such as Electricity. Electricity is very useful to household as well as industrial uses but when if it gets touched with our body then we get shock, and we hurt miserably, even death too.
What is Internet?
Today, the Internet is the best medium to communicate, share information with people from one place to another. It also provides an endless knowledge and increasing day by day. The entertainment industry on the Internet is growing at every second.
The Internet is the worldwide network of interconnected computers that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices across globe.
It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, different levels and countries of government as well as academic and business networks of scaling from local to global coverage, linked by a broad medium of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a large range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext (HTTP) documents/pages and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), e-mail, telephony calls, and file sharing.
A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, comprises interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols like TCP/IP.
Evolution of Internet
The Internet (interconnected network) was initially developed to aid in the progress of computing technology by linking academic computer centers. The Internet we use today started being developed in the late 1960s with the start of ARPANET and transmitted its first message on 29 October 1969. In 1993, the Internet experienced one of its largest growths to date and today is accessible by people all over the world.
Advantages of Internet
The Internet is one of the greatest creations of mankind ever and it provides people with instant access to an endless supply of knowledge and entertainment. Below is a complete list of all the advantages of the Internet.
Information, knowledge, and learning
As mentioned earlier, the Internet contains an endless supply of knowledge and information which allows you to learn about almost any topic you want. Using a search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo you can ask virtually any question and find a web page with an answer to and information about that query. There are also millions of videos on sites like YouTube explaining various topics, and even online courses to help teach you about many subjects.
Connectivity, communication, and sharing
In the past, it would take days and sometimes even months to receive a letter from someone else. But today, with the Internet, you can send an e-mail to anyone in the world and often have it delivered in less than a minute. That’s why earlier medium is called as Snail Mail due to its slow speed.
Other forms of communication, such as chat and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), also allow you to have instant communication with anyone in the world.
Online forums are also places where people who share common interests can connect and talk about what they enjoy, or ask questions of other experts in the field.
Address, mapping, and contact information
With the help of GPS technology, Internet can help to map and give direction you to almost every place in the world.
You can quickly route to your location or find businesses in your area that may sell or provide you with a service you need. Today’s search engines are quite smart to know your location and help give you the most relevant searches for your area. For example, if you need a plumber and search for “plumber,” you’ll get a list of local plumbers in your area. That’s cool. Right?
Banking, bills, and shopping
The Internet provides access to your bank account to view the balance, make transactions, and send or receive money. Also, many services provides you the facility to view and pay bills electronically just by sitting at one place.
Online shopping is another huge advantage of using Internet, giving people the ability to find products of interest and buy them without visiting to a store. The Internet provides easy access to compare prices between companies, and see what others think about a product through reviews posted online which helps to make better purchasing decisions.
Selling and making money
If you are a business or want to sell products and services, then the Internet is the perfect place to sell most of your goods. Because anyone in the world with Internet access can find you online through your website or with third party like Amazon, you have access to more potential customers than you ever could with a local retail store. The Internet is always on and always available, which means you have the potential of selling goods every day at all times. It has no fixed timing business. It is open 24×7. The Internet also gives businesses the ability to advertise their product or service to everyone in the world or specify an exact demographic they want to reach.
There are other ways someone can make money online by performing other online services.
Collaboration, work from home, and access to a global workforce
The Internet is the perfect place to work with other people from around the world. There are several online services like freelancing or job from home to work with people around the world by sitting anywhere, and with an almost instant communication, it can even make producing new products and services faster.
An Internet connection provides many people with the ability to work from home or have a virtual office. Today, many businesses allow their employees to work from home using their personal or office computers with Internet connection. Work from home can help save people money by not having to pay for child care, and save them money and time by eliminating the daily commute to and from work every day. This is the great advantage for the job people. Right?
If you are a business that needs employees, many services online can give you access to people looking for a job all around the world. Being able to hire someone from another part of the country or world allows access to a wider talent pool and may also allow for a cheaper rate.
Donations and funding
With access to a much wider audience online, anyone with an Internet connection can quickly donate to their favorite charity or help fund projects and ideas that interest them. Also, those who looking for charity can find many services online that help them and make it easier to get donations or support their causes.
The Internet gives access to everyone to the unlimited supply of entertainment, it gives access to watch videos, movies and listen to music or even play games online.
IP Security Cameras
IP security cameras come with a wide range of features and technologies, allowing you to record video in HD, adjust to changing light levels throughout the day, and even focus your camera remotely. These features make your camera more powerful and useful, since you can adjust them as needed to fit your surveillance needs.
With the help of internet access to the camera, from anywhere in the world you can watch what exactly is happening under the scope of your camera right from your mobile phone.
Cloud computing and cloud storage
The Internet connects your computers and Internet-enabled devices to cloud services, like cloud computing and cloud storage. With cloud computing, a device can have access to more powerful computers and even supercomputers to perform complex tasks while you or your business work on other tasks.
Cloud storage synchronizes data across any of your Internet-connected devices, so you have access to your files from anywhere. It makes backing up information easier, with safety — your data is securely stored in a server which is maintained by professionals. So, if you are using a cloud storage backup service then you will not lose all your valuable data if anything bad happens to your home or office. Such as Fire, Flood or technical problems like electricity breakdown.
Disadvantages of Internet
Though, the Internet is one of man’s greatest creations, it also has many disadvantages, several of which are listed in the following.
Bullying, trolls, stalkers, and crime
Anyone who has spent time on the Internet has encountered trolls or abusive people. Another issue that has increased over the years is cyberbullying.
With people sharing information on the Internet, stalkers may experience less difficulty finding personal information about others through various means.
Hidden places on the Internet and the deep web can also be a place for criminals to conduct business without as much fear of being caught, it also called as Underworld of Internet. By this way, a global audience also gives criminals more ways to solicit their goods.
There are many types of Frauds can be done using Internet.
- Money Laundering and Frauds
- Phone Frauds
- Wangiri – Missed calling from international Number
Pornographic and violent images
In our digital age, there is a nearly an infinite amount of useful content on the Internet. Apart from those useful content there are much content which is used to spread violent or pornographic content or content which tries to deface anyone. While there are amazing resources, such as Wikipedia, less desirable content also exists. Consequently, users can accidentally come across violent or pornographic images that they may not want to view.
Addiction, time waster, and causes distractions
Surfing and playing games on the Internet can quickly become very addictive at teenage. Doing so can lead to spending a lot of frivolous and precious time on the Internet, instead of doing something productive. On this same note, the Internet can hamper workplace productivity as well.
With this addiction people are becoming more socially incompatible. Because there is very less attachment of people. They are losing the importance and fun of social gatherings.
Being Never able to disconnect from work
The Internet is great for giving its users the ability to work from anywhere. However, you may be expected to be available to work at any time of the day, even if you had not previously agreed to be available.
For example, you may be at home and get a notification that you have received an important work-related e-mail and then end up working on the content of that e-mail without getting paid.
This makes you unavailable or less available for your loving persons in your family. Because you are still working at your “Me Time” also. There is no fixed time for your work and home.
And due to this you are losing your Work-Life Balancing.
Identity theft, hacking, viruses, and cheating
With access to billions of computers, computer hackers and malicious users can hack accounts and steal personal information that could be used for identity theft for doing cyber bullying or money frauds with them. The Internet also connects all computers to each other, so the hackers can scan millions of computers and quickly identify what computers are vulnerable (or Prone) to attack with their technical weaknesses.
The Internet also enables students to cheat on their studies, or find others on the Internet to do their homework.
Misguide on Maps
Though you can get directions using Internet and GPS Based applications such as Google or Apple Maps. But if you are completely at a new location it sometimes fails to direct the correct information about any way or place.
Like, Incorrect Mobile Number of the business, fails to define whether the road is only open for two-wheeler or four-wheeler and many more minor technical issues may cost us big.
Spam and advertising
It’s great that the Internet can facilitate reaching a much wider audience than traditional advertising methods (e.g., newspaper, TV, and radio) that is called as Targeted Advertising. However, because digital advertising can be sent on a massive scale, you might see more spam in your inbox than junk mail in real life.
It helps to reach those customers who are fascinating in buying it.
Affects focus and patience
The sites we use on the Internet every day have an “instant gratification” effect. They also present an endless menu of things to think about and experience at any moment, on demand. Getting information this way rewards fast-paced thinking that shifts focus quickly, which affects your interactions in general, making you more impatient and less focused on your activities. Try to balance this natural effect with time away from social media and focused on more productive real-life activities like exercise or cleaning.
Depression, loneliness, and social isolation
Social networking sites can also lead to depression as many people tend to compare their lives with others. The Internet and online games facilitate communication with others. Although you may find new connections around the world, you may also find yourself disconnecting from those in your real life.
Health issues and obesity
As with watching TV, spending too much time on the computer surfing the Internet or playing games can also lead to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle.
A computer also requires a lot of repetitive movement that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. For example, moving your hand from your keyboard to a mouse and typing are all repetitive actions, which can cause injuries. Taking breaks, keeping the proper posture, and understanding computer ergonomics can all help delay or prevent these injuries.
- How to protect your eyes when using a computer.
Buying things that you don’t need
The Internet reduces the barriers for consumers to make purchases, so users may find themselves purchasing products without putting much thought into whether they should. Also, for some people, buying items on the Internet can become so addictive that it causes serious debt.
Internet of Tomorrow’s World
Internet of Things
The Internet helps to make devices in your home connected and smarter by giving them access to the Internet. For example, the Nest thermostat can be connected to the Internet to help control the heating and cooling in your home. Also, once these devices are connected, they can be controlled remotely using your computer or smartphone. By connecting IoT (Internet of Things) devices to your home, it can become smarter and more efficient and help save energy, money, and time.
With the access to internet connection every device in our home is connected to mobile phone of each family member. Devices such as Washing Machine, Refrigerator, Air Conditioner, Door Locking System or Nest thermostat can start working automatically by setting conditions.
For example. In winter season, when we our mobile GPS is getting near our home, nest thermostat will start automatically and heats up our house to a certain temperature favorable to that climate condition.
Our home can unlock for us as soon as we stand in front of our home. Also we can check who is there in front of the door when we are not present in house and can communicate with the person directly with the speaker attached outside door.
These are such a cool features of Internet. The IoT devices are not yet evolved and grown much but in the near future it will be done for sure. To protect our house from being theft we can install these high technology gadgets.