IMPACT OF THE INTERNET IN OUR DAILY LIFE
is a big influence of technique on our daily life. Electronic devices,
multimedia and computers are things we have to deal with everyday.
Especially the Internet is becoming more and
more important for nearly everybody as it is one of the newest and most
forward-looking media and surely “the” medium of the future.
Therefore we thought that it would be necessary
to think about some good and bad aspects of how this medium influences
impacts it has on our social behaviour and what the future will look
Internet changed our life enormously, there is no doubt about that.
many advantages of the Internet that show you the importance of this
medium. What I want to say is that Internet changed our life in a
First we have to make a differentiation
concerning the usage. You can use the Internet at home for personal or
work for professional usage. Let’s come to the first. To spend a part
day on the Internet is for many people quite normal. They use this kind
medium to get information about all kinds topics. Maybe some of them
interested in chatting probably they are members of a community.
are looking for, you will find it. Even if you want to have very
information, you will find it in a short time. Normally, you often have
a letter, than you have to wait for the reception of the reply, or you
make some telephone calls and so on. In any case, the traditional way
longer one. To put your own information on the Internet is also
Create your own homepage, tell other users about your interests, what
that’s no problem at all.
As we all know, software costs a lot, if you
buy it legal. Free software, free music is available on the Internet.
have to download the program, the mp3-file or whatever and that’s it.
you want to pay more as you need to? Special websites are created just
you the newest programs, or to tell you where you can get it from.
might actually be the most famous one.
computer is a fix part of every modern office and the greatest part has
access to the Internet. Companies already present their products, their
services on the Internet and so they get more flexible.
The next advantage I want to mention is the
faster development. Many universities and research institutions are
linked. They are able to exchange experiences, novelties and often they
new projects together. If they are linked, they can save time and money.
at the business sector knowledge is power. If you are the leader of a
of a technology or just of an idea you are able to make a lot of money.
into this position, the Internet can play an essential part. Companies
the world are online. If you want, it is no problem for you to exchange
experiences, you will hear new things, you will see some facts from
point of view. For this reason you will find new solutions, new ways to
take this chance!
“Learning by doing”, everybody knows this
phrase and its still an essential part concerning the Internet.
use the Internet, most of the time they will “play” over the Internet,
learn to work with the computer. There is only one way to learn
have to do it. Even it’s the first contact with the computer, after a
minutes the person will know that the computer-mouse is no animal
the monitor. He or she learns to write on the keyboard, to navigate, to
and close programs, to save data... within hours. Try to do that on a
computer course for beginners, you will need more time and the most
fact, it’s not as funny as surfing on the Internet and so they
Let’s change over to another positive effect of
any case, everybody’s private situation is different. For many women
children are the main reason for staying at home. Nowadays this won’t
problem any more, you can do work on your computer at home, called
tele-working. Also men take this opportunity to work at home. What are
consequences, the advantages of tele-working? Sure, if you have a
can spend more time at home, probably you can spend more time with your
children. Next is, that you can organize every day in the way you want
Meetings at the company are reduced to a minimum. Tele-working is also
advantage for the owner of the company. Official studies substantiate
people who work at home are more motivated than their colleagues at the
You see, the Internet is really a very positive
medium. Use the Internet and discover the advantages of this new,
Another advantage of the internet is that you
can join a community.
You can create new social contacts all over the
world, which you could not do so easy without the internet.
communities can also help people who can not go out to find friends in
life because they are disabled. Therefore they can chat with other
the internet. Sometimes it is also easier for people, who are afraid to
into the other’s face while talking, to chat with a person that they do
know. There is something between them which makes it easier for them to
communicate. It also does not matter if you have a terrible appearance
you can pretend to be whatever you want. You can also change your
your age to talk about topics which you do not normally do.
there are no time and place limitations and there are no boundaries,
geographical and political. You can chat with people in Australia
you have freedom of your mind in a way.
Moreover the internet is much cheaper than the
real life, e.g. phoning a friend in Australia costs more than
From my point of view the e-mail has replaced
the traditional letter. You do not have to buy stamps anymore and it is
faster and also for free. You can also add files to your E-mail and
a big data transfer is possible. Therefore you do not have to send
information around the world anymore and you have your information in a
Another free service of the internet is sending
SMS. You can save a lot of money if you do not send it with your mobile
especially from Austria
also have the opportunity to register as a user. Then you can use more
e.g. sending E-postcards, I-messages (messages between registered
lead an address book.
You can also place your digital photos in the
internet. With a password and a login name your friends in America
look at your photos without sending them to them.
important part is online gaming. You can play with people from all over
world and share your knowledge. In my opinion it’s more exiting to play
friends than playing alone.
another big advantage of the internet is the easy access to
reference books and dictionaries replace the way to the bookshop or to
library. It is again cheaper to search for information in the internet
buy a book that is old after one year. In the internet a lot of
renewed and up to date. You can also find information which is very new
book does not exist yet.
you can read the daily newspapers from all over the world, sometimes
You do not have to buy them anymore. In addition, most newspaper sites
archive in which you can search for old articles.
the internet is also a big “advertising company”. A lot of enterprises
homepage with ads and support opportunities. On some of them you can
products online. Then you do not have to go to the city anymore. You
waiting in front of the cash because of a long queue.
you can get the newest stock exchange courses because the stock
exchange in the
Internet is always the most current one. You also have the ability to
computer to buy shares when the course is down.
you can learn with the internet. CBTs (Computer Based Training) already
but you can also join an internet course with other members.
you can hold videoconferences which mean that e.g. your teacher is
his office in America
teaching you in Austria.
is very important in the medical sector because doctors from all over
can join an operation. So specialists can give tips and help other
complete the operation successfully. The patient has not to wait until
specialist will come from America.
this is only available because of the internet 2 which is much faster.
internet is a database full of information and offers us a lot of
sometimes for free. This makes our life easier and sometimes also
in all I think that the internet is very useful especially for students.
Clicking on the Internet-Button is
getting more and more thrilling nowadays.
Sometimes it is a real adventure not
being sure if you have downloaded a virus or if it is only a hoax. You
cannot be sure to be alone if you are alone. Is there someone else
my computer or is it only me? To have more security you have to install
firewall, buy anti-virus-programmes and update them regularly. So you
spend much money only for preventing a virus-caused breakdown or
hacker-attacks. It is annoying not being sure if the money you have
prevent all those things or if there is already a new virus and a new
hacking into computers. This is no more an investment into security it
steady consumption which will not end. Some people even have to take up
to buy a computer. They are forced to buy one. Otherwise they maybe
be able to stay in their job. What will the poor people do? They will
informed about news and the space between rich and poor will become
downloaded the latest anti-virus-program it will not prevent meeting
on the internet. If you chat with someone you cannot be sure about the
his/her words. Most people cheat emotions, cheat about their
job. That can be funny but if you want to meet someone talking to each
seriously it can be hard to do so. Is it a man, is it a woman or is it
I already know? You never can be sure. Is that something on the other
already hacking into my computer reading personal information? If you
get to a
web site of a bank – is it a real bank or only a faked one? There have
some signs which identify an original website reliably. How can I be
sure if I
want to buy something on the web and send my credit card-number that
will read it?
Imagine the following scene: You are surfing
through the internet and suddenly – you are just downloading the latest
screensaver of Verona Feldbusch – the whole internet breaks down. What
you do? Trying to build your own internet? Worrying about the lack of Verona? Sitting
of the computer waiting for hours and looking into a black screen?
what would happen? I think most of the people would wait an hour or
Some people would stop
because they have no real life. They only exist on the internet with
avatars in the chat rooms. They have given up reality for cyberspace.
more practical for them because they do not need to ask someone to meet
someone. The other one is just on the other end. Seriously speaking, I
people would not be glad about having to get out of their rooms. They
uncomfortable about leaving their beloved computer. They do not know
do. I think many even do not know any more how a book looks like or a
typewriter. Besides losing our social abilities we are also losing our
every-day-abilities. The computer is a nanny, a dictionary, an
centre, a job, a shopping centre. Nobody has to know anything about
business because the computer does it for us.
Internet user are becoming younger
and younger. For children it is no problem to work with a computer.
accept "him" as partner. But what do the older people do? Some even
do not know how to switch the computer on. I know some people who are
the computer. They think everything they do is wrong and the computer
breaking down on purpose. For
people the computer is already too complex. There has to be something
computer for beginners. Otherwise there will always be some people who
want to know how to use the computer because there is too much to know
are people who do not read the paper in the morning any more. They are reading the
e-paper. Even in the
morning they are sitting in front of the computer and not talking to
while drinking a cup of tea. In the future there will be more and more
and the newspapers will disappear. Some are beginning to talk to their
(Come on, let’s work!) but they are not any more able to talk to each
While chatting in the internet you are frequently using abbreviations,
uncompleted sentences and so on. This leads to speaking disabilities in
One of the most negative aspects of the impact
of the internet on our daily life is, in my opinion, that it alters the
behaviour, habits and abilities of people.
Especially children are often badly influenced
by the internet.
I want to deal with the impact of the internet on the social behaviour
In our times, when nearly every household has a
computer and access to the internet, it is only clear that also
with computers and the internet. They should learn how to use it, of
world of the World Wide Web and virtual space is going to become more
with every year and everybody should be able to use this tool – even
should know how to get information, how they can buy something on the
where they can meet people online.
should be able to use the internet because if they are not, they are
have great difficulties with getting on in their lives without knowing
use the internet later on. Simply because it is a very powerful media
going to be the main medium in the future.
But what I am worrying about is that children
will be very competent experts on using the internet – but not on how
in the real world anymore.
first point I want to mention is that I don’t consider the internet as
suitable babysitter or friend for children.
I have already said, I think that it is important that children learn
use the internet but it is also very important that they learn to have
right attitude towards the internet.
internet will never replace the real world and therefore it is
children see that the internet is a great tool if you know how to
handle it but
it should not be a replacement for real friends, for a real life. It’s
parents duty to tell their children so.
should not just put their children in front of a computer and say “Oh
that’s the internet, go on, have some fun and be quiet.” The internet
made for children and so it should not be used as a babysitter.
can never be sure what the child will get to see when it is online
adult sitting next to it. There is so much harmful, offending and
disgusting material on the internet, that it is – in my opinion –
careless when you let your children surf through the net all by
By reading the emails from the
discussion group I often heard that if you teach your children the
ethic and just tell them not to look at harmful material then they can
online and surf through the net alone. I’m not of the same opinion.
are children and they are not adults. If you tell them not to look at –
example – pornographic sites, you can never be sure that they will not.
Children are nosy ones – at least most of them are – and most children
and have a look at pornographic materials on the internet. The only way
provide that children do not see harmful things on the internet is to
to them and supervise them.
have a little brother, aged seven and when he wants to go online, then
to ask my parents or me to come with him and sit next to him while he’s
surfing. Surely, it doesn’t mean fun when you have to sit next to him
listen to the Teletubbies talking or see Mickey Mouse bowling but I am
interested in hearing and seeing these things than in not being sure
would see if I was not sitting next to him.
the one point why the internet should not be used as a babysitter.
other point is that it is – in my opinion – not good for the children
to sit in
front of the computer all day.
need friends and they need to play with friends to learn how to behave
to interact with others.
beings are not born with any social abilities – we have to learn all of
if children sit in front of the computer and don’t play with other
when and where should they learn how to behave?
question is whether the internet is a useful medium to educate children
in my opinion it is not.
for adults it is often a problem to say whether an information is right
wrong on the internet. So when adults are not able to be sure about it
should children be?
risk to learn wrong things from the internet is very big and so the
should not be used to educate the child right from the beginning on.
But: You should try to tell your
children how they can distinguish between “good” and “bad” information.
critically, try to figure out who has written the information, when was
last update, and so on….) Later on, they will have to get information
internet and then they should be able to use it, of course.
in my opinion there’s no sense to teach them the basics with the help
internet before they have learnt how to distinguish between good and
information – they are simply too young to be sure about that.
It is very
difficult to differ between the good and bad aspects of internet. There
good and bad things about every service of the internet.
you chat you can meet many interesting people which come from all over
world. Distance is not important any more. You can meet people which
able to find friends in reality because of their appearance. In
there is no appearance - the character of a person counts. But you also
meet people, who cheat on you and fool you. That can be funny, but it
is not if
you want to meet “real”, divine friends. Sometimes, if you meet your
friends it can be very thrilling. You make your own picture of your
chat-partner in your mind. And what about your friends in reality?
be less time left for them, if you sit in front of the PC all the day.
there is also the possibility to make your real friends your
Searching for information you will
find a huge amount of it on every topic you are searching for. This can
comfortable. You only have to type in a word and you will find
it. But be careful! There is also false information. Sometimes it is
distinguish between true and false information.
Often you have the possibility to listen to
music on the internet. You may also download it for free. That is very
because you only have to pay the telephone-costs and the music is for
What does that mean for the musicians? They will not get all their
would normally receive.
not too dangerous for the well-known musicians but it can become
the little ones who cannot afford to lose a part of their income.
about communicating with an online-friend? You will send him/her an
is faster than a letter, cheaper than a telephone call and easier to
use than a
radio set. But: Is the encryption-code secure enough? Many hackers will
read the message you send to your friends.
leads to the next problem of the internet: How can you provide privacy
non- private world? Everybody wants to know everything about everyone.
you say: “This is my private zone, nobody can get into it.” A few minutes
later someone will try to
get into the privacy-zone. Why? Everyone
thinks there must be something very interesting and secret inside this
Nothing is more interesting than a forbidden place. There is some
anonymity about the internet. You may tell anything about yourself and
will believe you – if nobody checks the information.
You also may swap your gender and nobody will recognise it.
will happen, if you are ill and cannot leave the house? No problem! You
everything on the internet without leaving the house. You can do the
meet friends and so on. The only problem is the way of paying. It is
you only have to type in your credit card-number and the goods will be
But some transmission techniques are not very safe and so someone could
your credit card-number and use it to buy things himself. You always
inform yourself about the transmission-techniques to be sure about
Otherwise you may pay for being uninformed later on.
This leads to the costs of the
internet. The only good about it is that the surf-cost are low
the provider). But anything else is very cost-intensive. You have to
anti-virus-programmes, software, computer … And that is not enough!
developing very fast for this you have to update the programmes
will also not abandon the option to get a faster computer.
Information is difficult to divide
into true and false. It is too much information to be able to view on
It is a strong positive argument
that internet does not care about time or distance. Everyone can be
every time and communicate with everyone everywhere.
Though you have the possibility to meet
many people on the internet frequent use of this will cause loneliness
you won’t have real friends anymore.
It is very difficult to give
children access to the internet. There are many things which are not
for children. Either you sit next to them during surfing or you believe
internet that it will not show harmful things and in the children that
will not try to find harmful things.