The Internet has completely changed our lives. Society has completely succumbed and adapted to all its great benefits and perks. It has affected the way we use a map, read the news, and even watch TV. Without giving much thought, it has turned the single-taskers to multi-taskers.
The Internet is a giant web of computer networks communicating with one another all over the world. Believe it or not, the Internet was first discovered back in the 1960s. It was used for government and military purposes only.
You might be asking yourself how the Internet works. The network that computers use to communicate is what is called the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). As we all know, the Internet is a vast resource for data and information. It is all about how fast we can receive information, which is probably why the military used it.
We are beginning to see Wi-Fi signs in store-front windows such, on public transportation, and in airports. The more time goes on, we will most likely see them in grocery stores, banks, and movie theaters. Internet cafes are already becoming a thing of the past.
The Internet is all around us. More and more Wi-Fi “hot spots” are popping up in cities and towns. Local coffee shops and restaurants, airports, and libraries all offer free Wi-Fi access to their customers and visitors. As time goes on, we will begin to see them more and more in other locations such as gyms, schools, and hospitals.
As the appearance and popularity of Wi-Fi hot spots and hand-held technologies continue to grow, it has become as easy as a press of a button to access the Internet. Some gadgets out there now don’t even require a button; you can set notifications to alert you whenever a Wi-Fi signal in your area is available. Remember the days of accessing the Internet by using a phone line and sometimes waiting up to ten minutes for a dial-up connection? With high speed cable Internet and fiber optics now readily available, those days are long gone.
The Internet is like anything else. It can be really beneficial, but too much of it can lead to problems. It is probably safe to say that in another decade or less, we will be able to connect to the Internet from anywhere using any kind of device. With 2011 just beyond the horizon, we can walk into a McDonald’s and check our email or Facebook pages by using a cell phone or iPod.
Half the time we don’t think twice about “going online”. It takes seconds and it is so readily available we don’t give it a second thought. It’s easy to check your email or work while you are riding public transportation, or look up the status of your flight with your iPhone app, or order take out from your favorite pizza joint. Our world is becoming one big Wi-Fi hot spot when ironically, owning your own computer was a luxury not some twenty years ago.
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