The positive side of the internet

These days, it is hard to imagine how the world would look like if there was no internet. When you look at the existing statistics like the number of websites created and the number of blog posts published daily, it would be mind-blowing if the internet stops to exist for a day.

The internet has impacted our lives in a plethora of ways, and the points below show some of the numerous benefits of the internet.

  • Access to unlimited knowledge

The fact is, if we were to set each day of the rest of our lives to learn what is on the internet, we would never be able to meet up. The internet has loads of information at our disposal and the amazing part is, you can get most of it for free.

These days, you no longer have to travel to the library in the next city to get access to information. Right from the comfort of your room, you can access any information you want and store it away in a safe place.

With the availability of e-books and other online book formats, a good number of people prefer having soft copies to the hard cover books.

  • Communication and Connection

The internet has afforded us the chance to connect with people who we have not seen before. Everyone who uses the internet would have made the minimum of an acquaintance on the internet. People who have friends on the internet have come to reap various benefits in terms of opportunities, cash gifts and the likes.

These days, people now work remotely with some of them referred to as freelancers. You can work for someone who is several miles away in another continent and get paid for your services.

  • Education

The internet has made education easier because you can now look up solutions to assignments, presentations and the likes. A student who has access to the internet would have a better chance of succeeding.

  • Entertainment

These days, the internet is fast-becoming one of the most used means of entertainment. You can view the latest series, movies and comedy videos.

How the internet affects your productivity

The internet is one of the greatest blessings ever to man. And it has provided us with great help more than we can imagine. The internet has made things easier for us, and it has increased our access to unlimited knowledge all for free.

Gone are the days when you have to travel to an old library to read an old book or a journal. These days, the internet brings online libraries to your fingertips, giving you access to almost anything you need.

However, whatever has the positive side comes with its negative effects. And sadly, the internet has affected people in some ways unimaginable. One of these ways is our productivity.

For instance, people who work in organizations and corporate bodies are largely reliant on the internet to help them increase their productivity. However, some of them are addicted to the internet which has a negative implication on their productivity.

People whose productivity is affected by the internet are those who spend late nights on the internet. They allow the internet time usage to cut into their sleep time, and it prevents them from being productive when they are at work the next day.

The same applies to students in various institutions of learning. A good number of students do not know how to control their internet time and it affects their productivity. This is one of the reasons why some of them perform poorly in their academics.

For some of these students, they find it hard to concentrate in the class because the previous night, they spent most of their time on the internet. So, it is either they sleep during the class or they keep surfing the net.

Similarly, if an individual is not careful enough, there is a tendency for his or her personal development to be affected. The internet can help your personal development and it can also cause a deterioration depending on how you use it.

If the internet affects your productivity greatly, it is important for you to discipline yourself by cutting down on your internet time.  

INTERNET ADDICTION IN CHILDREN

The internet has become easily accessible to everyone such that, even children have access to it. These days, it is a source of worry to parents because, they feel the internet is depriving them from having real life experiences.

Asides gaming, the free time of kids is never left unoccupied, they use that time to surf the internet, blog, download and perform other activities online.

There are some warning signs which parents need to take note of in their children, to tell if they are addicted to the internet or not.

To start with, children who are addicted to the internet, tend to lose track of time when they are online. The reason for this is not far-fetched.

The internet is a virtual space which has created a home-like safe atmosphere that plays on the psychology of everyone. It takes a disciplined person to realize that it is falsehood.

For children, it is somewhat difficult for them to know that the internet is robbing them of reality. Therefore, they can spend hours without knowing, and this prevents them from taking part in other profitable activities.

In addition to this, they become angry or sad whenever they have to let go of the internet. When this sign is displayed in a kid, parents should act swiftly. Such child would also go through his or her messages online, emails inclusive several times daily.

Also, children who are addicted to the internet, would prefer to spend time online instead of spending it with their family or friends.

Due to this, they become liars because they do not want their loved ones to have an idea of what they are doing online. As a matter of fact, they go to the extent of sneaking to use the internet when there is no one around.

Parents need to solve this problem in kids, and one of the best ways is to address this problem by confronting their kid. You need to put some measures in place to cut down on their internet time.

Parents also need to be internet-savvy, they need to learn how it works in this age, so that they can be able to effectively monitor their children.

UNDERSTANDING THE INTERNET CULTURE


The internet as it were today, is diversified, making it more difficult to ascribe a description to it or to attach a label. People have argued that the internet should be seen as a single entity and there are different parts, modes and means of communication that make up the internet. As the internet becomes diversified, so also its users. What was known to be a homogeneous conglomeration of technologically oriented users, is now a broad collection of almost infinite number of subscribers.


The concept of internet culture has a lot to do with the way by which activities and functions are carried out in the internet environment. It refers to the norms, shared values and views that are generated on different online platforms. This views and perspectives helps shape and guide individuals and users on how to relate and interact with others. The essence of understanding internet culture is studying what activities people perform online, how they do it, the thought process and what stimulates their online actions and interactions. There are a mass range of cultures on the internet with the only connecting factor is that they are all found online.


Understanding internet culture could pose series of challenges and difficulties. This is because the internet is multifaceted and multi-cultured and as such, studying one unit after the other might be quite a daunting task. The fact that the internet environment and assembly of users is so varied requires employing various research means and there would be different perspectives to studying. Also, there may be a need to combine various methods to understanding different aspects of certain internet platforms. More Importantly, there is a need for creativity and innovation in studying the internet culture because the internet is a complex structure and it requires a complex approach.


The learning and venture into the complexities of the internet has become a course of study and research field overtime. There have been attempts to make internet studies a discipline and has been inculcated in media and communication studies. It is not possible to learn about internet culture without having little knowledge on things that relates to information and communication.


Also, the hybrid nature of internet fields requires using different perspectives and approach to understand it. The users and materials must also be taken into consideration when studying. There should be an open methodology employing a mixture of diverse methods and theoretical perspectives in the study of the internet culture.