“The world loves internet”, i guess most of the people will agree with the statement i just made as the Internet is so popular today. It has become a “must” routine for the new generations. Internet makes our life much more easier and efficient in some way, it has becoming everything included entertainment, working purpose, communicates, advertising, information search and more.
But what is the Internet? This might be the easiest question in this era but I guess there are still peoples who do not have an exact idea on what it actually is. Therefor this blog post is going to give you a brief idea on what is the Internet. The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 100 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions. There is not a single person or organizations who own this network. According to Wepopedia.com, The Internet is more of a concept than an actual tangible entity, and it relies on a physical infrastructure that connects network to other networks. That means everyone in the world are able to share, contact or announce message or even media contents in this mighty network. It is a space that no borders, free flow of information, no time and space. Just like a big village, we can contact with person all over the world anytime without bothering the
Internet world stats (2011), there are more that 2.2 billion Internet user in the world which mean 1/3 of the populations n the world and the number is increasing rapidly. This might because of the comprehensive functions and the efficiency of the Internet. Furthermore, the devices, software and programs to get us to is getting more and more user friendly or another word to say humanize. The procedure to link us to the Internet is way more simple compare to the past. The user interfaces of the web sides are way more fascinating and more understandable by the user. The virtual experiences that we can get from the net are getting versatile and some even out of our imagination. I would say we are so lucky to born in this era because if we need to search for any information, we could just “Google it” anytime, anywhere as long as we having an internet enable device with us and I’m pretty sure that this will not be a problem.
“Malaysians spent the most hours per week (9 hours) on the social sites in the world”, by The Star Online (2010).
Here is an interesting video that made by exclusive compilation of news reports, commercials and instructional videos from the early days of the Internet. I believe it will be more interesting by showing you a video rather than tons of words.
Back then to my childhood time, the very first time that I contact with the Internet was 11 years ago when I was 11 years old. It was so fresh and awesome to own a computer with Internet at that time and it will response on any words that I typed to search. Therefore, I had resume back to play toys and sports in a short period of time as the network at the time was pretty slow (de..ne.. de.. ne… di… 56.6kbps modem) and the options for entertainment in the internet was not that comprehensive yet. We only get to commonly access it while studying in secondary school and computer is the only preferable gadget. However, the kids today are much more earlier to deal with the Internet even skipped the playing toys period. Not the Lego neither the heroes toy but Ipad and IPhone might be their first toy ever. It’s not hard to find kids and I mean really young kids playing those high-end gadgets while they having meal with their parents.
My question is, is it an advantage or an issue for this kids to view the contents that inappropriate for their age without guidance? For examples, sexual and violence contents. They are not able to make a good judgment yet without a proper guidance from the parents. As we can see, we are getting easier to access the Internet even unconsciously for sometimes. But at the time the protections or censorships to restrict those contents from the kids are not strong enough at this moment. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest cyber threats to human because the technologies are getting advance in a blink of eyes and the censorships to be done are difficult to catch up with that speed.
Finally, I believe there are two sides on everything. Since the Internet give us such powerful portal to communicate and we getting to relying on it very much. We rather spend more hours on the Internet than having outdoors activities with our friends and family. It is quite hard to change our life style but by balance it up will bring you a better life.
Miniwatts Marketing Group (2011), Internet World Stats [On-line Serial],
Retrieved by: 23th August 2010.
The Star Online (2010), Survey: Malaysians have most Facebook friends [On-line Serial],
Retrieved by: 23th August 2010.
Wepopedia.com, [On-line Serial], Retrieved by: 23th August 2010.