There has been a significant increase in the number of internet users worldwide, especially developing countries like India where the internet is available at a very low cost. The internet helps us in almost everything, whether it is booking flight tickets, booking a cab, learning something new, selling a product or service, communicating, and whatnot. There are plenty of uses of the internet that has made it easier for us to manage our busy lives and keep everything balanced.
There were times when our grandparents and parents used to cover long distances to buy household stuff, attend classes, meet someone, watch a movie, and other stuff. But now, everything can be done online, there is no need to go out for petty tasks such as buying groceries, household stuffs etc., as there are e-commerce sites that deliver your requirements at your doorstep.
You don’t have to join extra classes after school as there are plenty of e-learning apps on the internet where educators teach for free or paid classes. Movies, news, documentaries, sports matches can be viewed at home on a smartphone or desktop. Moreover, it has become easy to play games online at home, there is no need to visit a brick and mortar casino to place bets. All thanks to the internet for making this happen.
There is no end to the discussion on the way’s internet has changed our lives, but in this article, we will be focusing on the 5 things in which the internet has changed our lives, but before that, we have some really amazing statistics about the internet, you should know.
Some Amazing Statistics About the Internet
- There are more than 4.54 billion internet users in the world, and the total population is around 7.77 billion. Out of this 50.3% of users are from Asia, which is followed by Europe with 15.9 % users.
- An average user spends more than 6.5 hours on the internet every day at an average speed of 11.03 Mbps.
- More than 2.05 billion internet users prefer to shop online, which is almost 50 percent of internet users. Here Amazon leads the game with products of $275.86 billion being sold from its platform.
- According to the statistics, there are around 3.8 billion active social media users in the world out of this, 2.5 billion are active Facebook users which is the highest. These 3.8 billion people spend an average of 2 hours and 24 minutes every day on social media apps and messaging apps.
- There are more than 1.75 billion websites on the internet and almost 60 percent of them use HTTPS while 44.1 percent of them use HTTP/2.
It is true that the internet has turned into a necessity and is no more a luxury. We all are dependent on the internet for the tiniest task. These were some of the statistics about the internet, in the next section of this article, we will be discussing the various ways in which the internet has changed our lives.
5 Ways in Which Internet has changed Our Lifestyle
There were times when our ancestors used to send letters via pigeons, until postal services were introduced. Back in the old days, it was not easy to communicate from one place to another as telephones were also a luxury back then and only a few people owned telephones. But, with the help of the internet it became possible to connect with people overseas, although it took a lot of time and effort, but at this point in time communicating with someone is just a matter of few taps on your touchscreen.
Before smartphones popularized and became capable of connecting via the internet, people used to use the desktop to connect with each other in chat rooms, forums, and social media sites like myspace, Orkut, and then Facebook. The advanced technology and fast internet have made it possible to connect with others via video chatting, VoIP, and hosting live sessions.
Almost everyone reading this article must have purchased something from the popular eCommerce store such as Amazon, eBay or Alibaba. It is the internet that made it possible for us to purchase stuff online. From groceries to food, a tyre to a car, you can order everything online and get it delivered at your doorstep. Furthermore, this not only saves your time but also help you save some money with discounts and offers. Moreover, this gives you a marketplace if you are a seller, as you can connect with more people and sell your products online.
3. Access to information
The internet has made it possible for us to access information easily and without much effort. Back in old days, people used to visit libraries to search for information which was not very convenient and consumes a lot of time, however, this doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t go to the library, but with the help of the internet, we can find out anything with a Google search.
Various sites and blogs collect content from offline and online sources, search for its authenticity and publish it on the internet so that people can find it easily. No one would want to visit a library just to find out the top 10 sports players in the world, as this information is easily available on the internet and will take months to get published in a magazine which is then sent to a library.
Moreover, there are various pdfs and ebooks available on the internet for free that contain all of the useful information and are easy to handle unlike books that are quite bulky and cannot be shared with others conveniently.
Well, this is something we all know very well, especially the 90s kids who used to rent DVDs, buy music CDs, wait outside the cinema hall to get tickets of the latest movies, saving money to watch their favorite football team in the stadium and fixing the antenna 5 minutes before the family sitcoms start. That’s not the case anymore as the way we entertain ourselves has completely changed, all thanks to the OTT media and live streaming services that made it possible to stream movies, tv shows, sports, news anywhere, and at any time.
Gone are the days when there used to be only limited sources of entertainment, nowadays the internet is flooded with OTT streaming services, movie streaming sites, and other sources of entertainment that made it possible for us to pass time. The music CDs are old-school and have been replaced by music streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, and Apple Music. Movies and series can be streamed on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu replacing televisions and cinemas.
You can even get live updates of the happenings around the world on your device via social media sites and news sites. This has not only made it easy for us to keep ourselves entertained but also helped us to stay connected with the world.
There was a time when finding information about someone before meeting them or going on a date was difficult with the very information the person had. Nowadays, everyone has an online presence, and finding information about a person has become easier with all these dating apps and social media profiles. Dozens of dating apps like tinder are established where you can create your profile and find someone who is interested in you.
The fact that the internet is a backbone of technology is true as it is the internet that has made it possible for us to get closer to technology. Over the years, the internet has evolved so much in terms of speed and security and has made a significant impact on our way of living and in this article, we discussed the 5 ways in which the internet changed our lifestyles.