Top 10 Ways the Internet Has Changed Our Lives

Well I think it’s safe to say that the Internet has rapidly changed the way we function as a society. It’s become more and more mainstream to the point where you wonder what can’t the internet do? I think the Internet has not only evolved and innovated since it’s earliest days in the 80s and 90s but it has evolved us with it. and that’s especially true in this era of COVID-19 we are living through. Technically you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to.
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Social Interactions Have Become More Online Based

Sadly, there are social networks that have disadvantages. Private accounts on social media can be exposed. There are cyberbullies who harass individuals which is of paramount concern for parents. Plus, to make the situation worse there are sexual predators that prey on children and teenagers. Be warned! Even though social interaction is part of the internet during the pandemic, it’s dangerous. Approach with caution. Parents need to pay close attention to their children, especially when we stay indoors. So yeah, people like to check tweets on Twitter or post a video on YouTube. There’s MrBeast, Pewdiepie, Smosh, Jake Paul, Markiplier, and Jacksfilms earning millions of subscribers and views.

I feel like most of my generation (Gen Z) uses some form of social media to connect and communicate. It’s becoming more and more viral. I mean, have you seen how popular TikTok has been? There’s also YouTube and Snapchat and others that all have large numbers of people on them. People use social media to interact, especially since we have to stay indoors. Anyway, that’s why games like Among Us have been going viral and being the hit newest trend.

This is true, social media changed my life forever, TheTopTens in particular did. Don’t know if it was for the best or for the worst.

It has, but it really shouldn't have happened.

Online Classes Have Become More Common

With COVID-19 limiting schools in person, we now might be able to skip going in person all together. Most teachers use zoom and have online classroom pages already set up. Plus, college courses have been available online long before this pandemic. After the pandemic, I would expect to see online learning becoming more common as opposed to the classroom.

Big middle finger to this

Those who prefer online classes as opposed to attending classes in person.

Access to Almost Anything Through Search Engines Like Google

The Internet has made access to information quick and easy. With search engines, we can find almost anything anywhere, thanks to the powers of Google. Gone are the days of having to look through the dictionary or books for that matter. Now you can search anything. The possibilities are endless.

Search anything huh? How about a crack for Burnout Paradise Remastered? Do not lie.

Streaming Services Becoming More Prominent

Streaming is not the same as the movie theater at all. Sure, the prices are different. Cinema is all about quality sound and massive size. Streaming is simply on a big TV screen with the click of a remote to pick anything else.

With COVID-19 affecting movie theaters, streaming services come into play, and they may wipe out theaters for good. Why go to a movie theater that’s already super expensive? Why bother to go when you can have a personalized experience at home with thousands of movies in your library to pick from?

The problem is there are too many streaming services options, which may in turn force customers back to piracy.

Even before COVID we had DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Online Shopping

If you don’t like going shopping, then now you don’t have to worry about it. You can get literally anything from Amazon or go to the specific store’s website and order there. It’s convenient for you to order anything. Anytime, anywhere.

Those who prefer online shopping as opposed to shopping in person.

Online Banking

With Venmo and Cashapp, there’s ways to check on your finances without going to the bank. You can deposit/withdraw/transfer funds on most apps and you can also invest in the stock market and other things like that. You can even pay directly from your phone, which is nice.

Those who prefer online banking as opposed to go to the bank in person.

Online Food Delivery

If you thought fast food was a game changer when it became a thing, this is going one step further. Now you can get whatever you want whenever you want. Uber Eats and Doordash have become a popular way to get food. So technically, you don’t ever have to leave your couch to get food.

For those who prefer online food delivery as opposed to in-person food delivery.

Offices Can Now Become Virtual

With the era of COVID-19, most businesses were forced to shut down or go online. So naturally they had to adapt to the circumstances for the time being of course. I think everyone is familiar with Zoom at this point. Some people could actually just do everything from home. That’s part of it, just like Darwin suggested: you gotta adapt and it’s survival of the fittest.

Those who prefer business online as opposed to in-person business.

Easier to Connect with Loved Ones

Before the Internet era, your only options were to physically go see someone, send a letter, or give them a phone call. Now you can email them a million times faster, and on top of that, you can text, call, or FaceTime them. There’s more ways to stay connected which is a good thing.

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Reduces self-confidence

This is actually very true

Provides a Platform to Create Content

The Internet has become a free range platform where anyone can create anything and speak their mind or whatever they want. Just look on social media or YouTube or almost anywhere. Even this list right here on TheTopTens is an example of creating content online for the world to view.

Easier to find new friends

Initially, I didn’t expect to find so much friends on TheTopTens. I’m merely a member for more than two years and I found a fair amount of friends. On the other hand, I only become friends with people I trust, but I think we can all agree on that.

More distractions

Very true when it comes to social media, and it shows. This explains why most people tend to have short attention spans.

More jobs can be done at home

Those who prefer job online as opposed to attending jobs in person.

Higher levels of anxiety among teens
Those who prefer be homeschooled as opposed to attending charter/magnet/private/city public schools in person
Online College/University
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