It is hard to believe that the internet is only 32 years old (in 2021). Most of society cannot even comprehend what it would be like to live without it. Millennials have never had to go a day without being able to use the internet in one form or another. Businesses would not be as successful as they are today. And company executives would still be flying across the globe to attend meetings with out of country partners.
There are so many things that can be discussed when it comes to how things have changed everyday life across the globe. Most of it for the good, except for those that choose to use it for negative things.
- Research-Trying to find information on something used to be a challenging task at times. You would have to read through written books, magazines, newspapers, and even talk with people that knew the topic that you are trying to find out about. Now, all you must do is hop on to your computer, or mobile device, type in what you are looking for, and then choose what source you want to get information from. The good and the bad can be found with the click of a few keys.
- Communication-Staying in touch with your relatives and friends used to start with a handwritten letter or a phone call that would cost you a decent amount of money. If you were lucky, they would be in walking or driving distance so you could simply show up on their doorsteps. This was normal at one time. Now, you can send a text, visit on a messaging platform connected to social media, or you can video chat through numerous applications or websites.
- Shopping-Do you remember the days when holiday shopping was a crazy time? You had to wait in lines just to get inside the store that had the best deals. Then you had to fight your way to the department of your choice and hope that you had the opportunity to get the latest item on your list. Now you can wait until the sale starts, purchase it online by using the internet, and have it delivered to your home within a few days. Not just on the days of big sales either. You can order anything that you want, at any time, and have it delivered to you.
- Travels-When it was time to go on a vacation you would look through brochures and magazines, talk to a travel agent, and then book every aspect of your trip with a phone. Now, you can book everything on one site. You will never have to worry about forgetting to book the hotel, or the rental car, because it is all done at one time.
- Entertainment-Movies, television shows, sports games, music, and theatre productions used to be planned events that you had to work your schedule around. When your favorite show came on you either had to be there to watch it, or you would have to hope that a rerun of it would play soon. Now you can go onto one of the many streaming sites available and watch what you want, when you want, and how you want. If you want to sit at home in your underwear all day and binge watch your show all in one day, you can.
These five areas just touch the tip of how the internet has changed our lives. We work differently. We date differently. We entertain ourselves differently. Every part of our lives has evolved with the internet. Statista states that 89% of Australia households use internet. This is about 22.13 million people. Everyone uses online access in diverse ways. There are so many changes that it has made to everyday life that it would be impossible to list out every change that it has created over the past 32 years.