Internet, a very complex system architecture that has transformed global communication and monetary systems by enabling different computer networks throughout the world to connect. In some ways, the Internet can be considered the brain of a country. Once referred to as a network of global networks, the Internet actually emerged only in the U.S. in the early 1990s but didn’t become accessible to the public until the late 1990s. Today, the Internet is arguably the most powerful and fastest growing medium on the planet.
Although the Internet was initially a reaction to slower-than-anticipated commercialization of the telephone, its speed and convenience have enabled it to spread like wildfire across the globe. Today, nearly all of the developed countries have at least some access to the World Wide Web. For businesses and individuals alike, the Internet provides the means to conduct business and communicate with potential clients from virtually any part of the world. The benefits of internet work include:
o Faster Exchange of Knowledge: The internet provides an instant, worldwide means of communication, information exchange and research. When compared to earlier modes of transfer such as ship travel, postal services or ocean liner shipping, the internet offers a much faster means of transferring information and knowledge across geographical and time barriers. People use the internet to shop, conduct business and research all over the world.
o Connects a Computer to Computer: A personal computer is an incredible tool that connects people all over the world. The internet uses the power of the computer to forge relationships, exchange information and ideas, and even to play games. Just as the benefits of surfing the web outweigh trips to malls and libraries for shopping, getting internet access through a laptop, desktop or other internet service provider allows individuals to quickly engage in activities that stretch the limits of their physical geographical locations.
o Provides instant Global Village: The internet is a global village that has become so pervasive that it is possible for people in one country to be doing business in another country just a few steps away. When connected by an internet service provider (ISP) consumers can engage in international commerce without ever leaving their desk. The ability to access information and purchase goods from anywhere in the world opens up possibilities for expanded business opportunities. When connecting through a Wi-Fi hotspot, an international traveler can look up product prices from virtually any place in the world, purchase the item and have it shipped directly to a customer’s door. This same customer can also review and purchase a product and make suggestions about how to improve upon the product and service.
o Social Media: Sharing photos, videos, music, thoughts and ideas is a primary activity that occurs on the internet. Sharing content through blogs, forums and social media websites allows people to express themselves in an open forum. Additionally, sharing content allows people to connect with others who share similar interests. Social media websites allow people to easily find and reconnect with friends who may live thousands of miles apart. Through social media websites people are able to learn about traveling plans, restaurant reviews and news from around the world.
o Connects Computer Education: Many people use the internet to further education about a particular subject or to further their knowledge about a specific topic. Learning is facilitated by web-based learning programs. For instance, when a student wants to know more about the Spanish language an internet using program can allow them to access information on the subject and provide additional learning opportunities. This same program would allow people to connect with others who are interested in Spanish and develop friendships over the course of a year.
o Wireless Internet: Most people use their computers to access the internet either through a wired or wireless connection. Wi-Fi is one of the most commonly referred Wi-Fi hotspots. This type of internet connection utilizes a wireless modem which is connected to a network or router. Other types of internet connections commonly referred to as Wi-Fi include cell phones that utilize cell phone networks (GSM), wireless personal notebook computers, various types of internet balloons (airwaves), Wi-Fi enabled laptops, and various internet service providers (ISP’s).