It is hard to imagine something that is so young, relatively speaking, that already plays such an important role in our lives. Internet Technology is now such a firm part of our daily lives that if it were to vanished one day, it could cripple a nation if not the world. Governments use computers and the internet to run cities. Companies use the same to run their offices. Banks depend on them for financial transactions. To give you an idea of how important it has become, in 1999, there was a panic of what would happen to all of the computer systems on the internet when the clock struck 2000 that New Years Eve. Some people were preparing for the worst, a total failure. Some withdrew money while others stocked up on food. Others might have stocked up on fuels like gas and wood, just in case. After it was all over and the year 2000 kicked off, no problems were reported at all. Internet Technology is here to stay.
Like everything there are pros and cons to internet technology. People are becoming more secluded. Doctors are saying it is causing obesity. It also has another side, a much brighter one and it offers so much more. We use the technology, not only to help others, but for things like entertainment. The internet keeps the cost of many things low so people can save money yearly by shopping online. Two of the biggest uses would be communication and getting your daily news. It was not long ago the first email was sent. Now it is one of the biggest parts of our lives when it comes to communication. Electronic communication is growing at its own pace and has many different faces. Not only do you check your email accounts daily, you probably check your social networking messages, private messages from sites (or p.m.s), instant messages, and also your cell phones text messages.
The costs associated with internet technology has drop dramatically, which is a good thing. Laptop computers can be purchased for 10 percent of what they cost just a decade ago. This allows more and more people, in different financial situations, to be able to have fulltime access to the internet and the knowledge that comes with it. Experts predict it is going to get even more affordable. There are movements to bring the internet into a free zone. Believing that it is now such an essential part of our lives that no one should go without.
One of the most recent advances in internet technology is the ability to access the worldwide web via our cellular phones. Cellular phones are themselves a relatively new technology and they already have been transformed into mini computers. Being able to do just about anything that a computer with access to an internet can do. Experts predict that the newest generation of children will not own a regular computer. They will not want to be bothered by a ‘big’ clumpy laptop, that they will prefer to use their cell phones instead.
To think the Iron age lasted thousands of years and brought us cars, we are just a few decades into the internet technology era. We can only imagine where it could be in the next few hundred years.