Man has achieved so many things during his journey of survival. Every achievement has been either a way to lift the man’s living conditions or to do the day-to-day activities much easier. These achievements have been spread in so many fields. Methods of communication can be shown as one of them.
As a social animal by nature, communication is a very important aspect of man’s day-to-day life. Many different kinds of communication methods have been used in the survival of humans, and also a wide variety of qualities can be observed in those methods from time to time. Bringing the internet to life as a communication platform has made a huge difference in man’s daily routine.
Even though the 1st of January 1983 is considered the official birthday of the internet, it started back in the 1960s as a way for government researchers to share information. As the computers in the 1960s were larger in size and immobile, one had to travel to the site of a particular computer to make use of the information stored in it. So a requirement of searching for a way to get connected to the other devices without reaching its site was generated. It is also said that the cold war between the Soviet Union and the USA too caused the birth of the internet. Presently, most of the world’s population has the ability to access the internet. The simple idea of the word “Internet” is connecting the networks for communication. Not only by desktop computers but also we can use the internet via devices such as our mobile phones, tabs, laptop computers, etc.
There are so many advantages that we can obtain in our life by using the internet. It is the main bridge that connects the people to the outer world ignoring all the geographical barriers. Nowadays people are getting to know each other through social media using the internet. Students can search for anything they want on the internet which is helpful to their studies. Not only that but also, they can read and download the required educational books such as e-books or PDFs from the internet. If someone is willing to find information on things like medicines, chemicals, science, history, etc. they can easily find them through the internet within a few minutes. Nowadays information is at the distance of a fingertip because of the internet.
Not only them, but the internet also provides entertainment facilities as well. In our leisure times, we can listen to music, watch movies, watch short video films online or download them using so many websites, play online games, or download games by using the internet. Now people have tended to do online shopping too. That is another advantage of the internet by which people can buy things with a lesser waste of energy and time. Through online platforms, new job opportunities also have been created. Some people have turned their heads to do part-time jobs through the internet apart from their main occupation to have an extra way of income.
For the past three years, the internet has been helping all human beings around the world in a big way. As the global pandemic, Covid 19 had started its duties and affected the whole world heavily, more than 90% of the world population had to stay home. Curfews and lockdowns took place in almost every part of the world. But the employees worked from home, and students attended their lessons and lectures online through the internet. Meetings were also conducted through online platforms. Not only that, necessary information, news alerts, updates, and health instructions were also transferred through the internet. Some people used to play online games with their friends while staying at home.
Almost everything around us has both good and bad aspects as well. So apart from those number of advantages, the internet has a very few disadvantages as well. Some parents worry that their children spend too much time on the internet without paying attention to their studies. Youth may tend to do illegal things through the internet such as drug dealing. Incorrect and misleading information on the internet also may lead to very bad results. During the past few years, we’ve heard numerous news about people being blackmailed using their private things such as nude photos, private details, etc. which were collected through the internet.
But above all internet is a platform which we can use to do so many things very easily and quickly. If we can minimize the disadvantages and use this valuable gift to mankind with proper management, we can make the best use of this golden human achievement.
By Rtr. Hirusha Munasinghe