The internet, like any type of technology, can be a boon or bane, depending on where you stand.
While it is true that some unscrupulous individuals use the internet for criminal activities (like hacking and identity theft) and sometimes could cause addiction (with its bad consequences), most people still find the internet useful when properly used.
People can do a lot of activities on the internet including the following (in no particular order):
1. Research and Information Sharing
People do a lot of searches and research in the internet. It has become a great tool for sharing news and information to everybody connected via the world wide web. Whether you are researching about culture, blogging, school stuff, and people, the internet can often provide the information that you need.
2. Recreation and Games
Online gaming is popular now more than ever. From arcade games to puzzles. Even card and board games that used to be popular are now on the internet.
3. Social Networking and Communication
Centuries, decades and years ago, people relied on post mail, telephones and telegrams and other modes of communication to connect with people who are far away from them. Today, the internet, through social networking sites and email applications, has become a way for people to easily reach each other and meet new individuals and friends.
4. Work and Business
Internet gave way to virtual offices then later on, became a great pool of opportunities for everyone seeking to work and earn online. Things like blogging, online business sites, affiliate marketing and being a freelancer made it easier for people to earn and do business online.
5. Banking, Shopping, Studying, Etc
The rest of the activities fall in here. There’s already online banking, online shopping, online studies and other activities. Even ordering pizza can now be done online.
What other activities can you think of? Do you think that the internet is a boon, or a bane?