Despite what some people would like to believe, the Internet has become an essential part of daily life. Whether at work, at home or at play, we rely on the power of the Internet to get things done. It fuels commerce, education, recreation and, increasingly, imagination. Here are the top five reasons you can’t live without Internet access in the 21st century world.
1. The Internet allows for flexibility at work.
Our grandparents might not understand, but the work world today no longer demands that we remain chained to a desk in an office building for 40 hours a week. The power of the Internet means we can work from anywhere, anytime. This increased flexibility to work from home means more people can maintain a work/life balance contributing to overall health and happiness. Internet access also allows employees to respond to work outside of the normal business day from home, taking care of emergencies, last minute preparations and longer projects.
2. It’s how we shop.
Online shopping during the holidays grew yet again in 2012 and there is no reason to believe it will slow anytime soon. Online shopping saves time, often saves money and is far more convenient than shopping in person. Additionally, more stores are merging their online shopping with the in person experience, so you can use the Internet to download coupons or make a list at home and then access it at the store.
3. Stay connected to family and friends.
We are a mobile nation, which means we don’t always live near the people we love the most. Internet access, video applications like Skype, FaceTime and Google Hangout, and social media channels make it possible to stay connected with family and friends in far off places while still pursuing our dreams wherever our dreams may take us.
4. Enhance your education.
The nature of education has changed with the advent of the Internet. With Internet access, you can earn a college degree, join lectures at Stanford or MIT, or take professional development courses. You can check your child’s progress at school, help out with homework and some K-12 students can now access online charter schools as well. The Internet provides a wealth of education options today that simply weren’t available before.
5. That’s entertainment!
Sports, movies, television, viral videos — it’s all available through the Internet now. Before, you had to rely on cable, satellite or a really great antenna to get the entertainment you wanted. But now, a host of entertainment options are available through a plethora of media channels and hardware like video game systems, Blu Ray players and mobile devices. Maintaining an Internet connection means you can enjoy the diverse range of entertainment options available today.
The world has both shrunk and grown because of the World Wide Web. And while yes, you could live without Internet access, the real question is, why would you? ($9.66)