The advent of technology did not only lull us with dramatic improvements and changes to our existence but also empowered us humans to accomplish the tasks that centuries ago were deemed impossible. Today, the impossible has now become possible and the unrealistic has become achievable. The internet for example, which is a product of man’s ingenuity in search for betterment of living, has paved way for immense changes and developments especially in matters that concern time, space, energy and money.
Paying bills through the internet using credit cards has become easier and more convenient as one can accomplish such transactions within the confines of one’s homes. Booking tickets and making hotel reservations has basically become a personal task such that travel agents’ shortcomings in booking dates, for example, in undertaking such tasks are immensely avoided. Inquiring for billing charges for telephones, credit cards, internet connection and the likes can be done through the internet to and from all points of the continent, after accomplishing routine security checks and confirmation of the validity and authenticity of the information and of the person doing the queries.
The internet has offered a vast and unlimited form of entertainment from whatever aspect that one can ever imagine. The television, which helped create traditions and was imbibed into our culture has rivaled with today’s computers as watching movies directly from the internet is already possible. Countless computer games have held the young and not-so-young generations spellbound and fascinated by its alluring entertainment. Nonetheless, gamers are hooked like drug addicts, unable to function normally in its absence.
Of course, who can ever neglect the numerous household tips and free cooking lessons that the internet offers for free? Being the portal of bottomless information, even the insufficiently lettered person who knows how to basically navigate the computer profits hugely from such technology through Wikipedia and Google, to mention a few.
The internet has emerged as one of the most important medium in getting connected with acquaintances and reconnecting with people who have lost contact with each other. Social networks such as Facebook, Friendster and the sort formed and developed social connections. Skype and Yahoo on the other hand paved way for a whole new dimension of communication as people separated by a thousand miles and divided by a number of seas can have a casual conversation as if they were in one room seated a few feet apart engaged in an engrossing conversation.
Indeed, computers, particularly the internet so far, is the most effective catalyst for change. Although it has also brought a string of life-changing experiences, it has also brought along a powerful nemesis – the invasion to privacy.