How the Internet Has Revolutionized the World

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How the Internet Has Revolutionized the World

Jacob Pieczynski, Contributor

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Over Spring Break, the internet celebrated its 30th birthday. This innovation has changed the world in ways like never before. It has revolutionized business, communication, and so much more. Over the weekend, my family was without an internet connection for a day and a half. At the time, this was just an annoyance but it got me thinking: what is the real impact of the internet on today’s society? Think about it: everybody could live without internet connection for a day or two. But after that, maybe not so much. People pay their bills on the internet, conduct business and communicate with family and friends from across the globe. Most people require an internet connection to even do their jobs nowadays!

Currently, there are an estimated 4.18 billion internet users in the world. By noon today, there will be more than 120 billion emails sent, 2.7 billion Google searches. In one second, there are more than 8,431 tweets, 905 Instagram photos uploaded, and 78,105 Youtube videos watched. This is an absolutely insane amount of Internet usage (Internet Live Stats).  A study conducted by Purple.AI found that in 2016, 88% of Americans go online every day.

Without the internet, many people would not be able to shop, work, play, pay bills, or contact those far from them. And this is just on a personal level. The internet has revolutionized business to the point where a large percentage of it is conducted virtually and systems are operated with computer programs. The government relies on Internet-based systems as well.

Even the military is going digital. The world’s next battlefield is on the internet. Cyberwarfare is one of the craziest aspects of the internet. Soldiers are trading in their guns for keyboards and fighting other nations with lines of code rather than bullets. If hackers access our most confidential databases, missile locations are revealed, nuclear launch codes are brought out into the open, financials, secrets and the most critical information that governments use to operate day to day is released. This could cause devastation throughout the world.

Even though there are scary aspects of the web, there are some great benefits as well. Life is easier, business can be conducted virtually, and we can make friends of people that we may never have the opportunity to meet face to face. The internet has allowed many global movements and revolutions to begin and have spread information about current topics. However, it allows larger organizations to have control over what people see. with more people on the internet, it is becoming easier to control what is seen, like propaganda. This makes it easier for people to become more close-minded and not be exposed to what other people’s viewpoints are, even if they are wrong.

http://www.internetlivestats.com/

https://purple.ai/blogs/wifi-changed-world/

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