If you are interested in the technical aspects of the Internet and want to know how and when it appeared, you may read any resource. On the Internet. Or in a book in Information Technology. I would like to speak more about the way it influences people and our life today.
Can you imagine your life without the Internet? You may ask me the same question in response without giving the answer to it. Really it is a stupid question. But how did we live without it 15 or 20 years ago?
Of course the Internet is a powerful means of communication and an inexhaustible source of information. We are able to find everything in a second, when we just type in a search request. Nowadays the Internet is easily accessible on any type of portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets. We could hardly imagine ten years ago what we would have in reality, because even in fantastic films everything was a bit simpler.
What we should probably do is to praise the science. Many people do. They believe in the future, which will be even more amazing and stirring our imagination. If not? Who is going to create the future? Have you ever heard of the doctors who use the Internet during medical operations or consultations? They live among us today. They do it just because they know for sure they will find what they need as long as the Internet exists. They are convinced that it will exist. Eternally. Let’s cut off the electricity… A lot of students at universities pass their exams successfully, using the Internet. Why study? Generations of people have studied and progressed for centuries to create the technologies of the present. What for? To invent the Internet that will finally make their offspring stupid.
The entertaining function of the Internet seems to be aimed at the destruction of our life too. How long will the humankind watch tons of stupid videos and play online games? No one knows the answer. If we go on like this, people will turn into apes and degrade. Maybe history of the humankind is cyclical: people progress and regress over and over again. There might have been some powerful civilizations in the past that destroyed themselves by their technologies and vanished from the face of the Earth.
So the Internet seems to be the main enemy of traditional education. The problem is that even if it is possible to use it in the educational process, no one knows where to draw the line. It simplifies education, it simplifies people’s minds as well.
When I realized it a few years ago, I was in a state of shock. I found out that my memory is not so good as it used to be. Maybe I am mistaken. Hopefully I am. Then I decided to reduce the time I spend on the Internet. I removed my accounts in social networks permanently and… you know – I got more time in quite a miraculous way, if I may put it like this. Now I have more time for life. Real life.
To sum up, I can say that the Internet is a powerful instrument, but the usage of it should be limited, especially at a certain age. If parents let children use the Internet for preparation in primary school, it is a crime. The best way to live is to rely on your own knowledge, to read books, to go to the libraries and use the Internet as a possible addition to educational process and sometimes as entertainment.