What are the advantages of the Internet?
The Internet is one of the greatest creations and provides people with instant access to an endless supply of knowledge and entertainment. Below is a complete list of all of the advantages of the Internet.
Information, knowledge, and learning
As mentioned earlier, the Internet contains an endless supply of knowledge and information that lets you learn about almost any topic or question you may have. Using a search engine like Google, you can ask virtually any question and find a web page with an answer to and information about that question. There are also millions of videos on sites like YouTube explaining various topics and online courses to help teach you about many different subjects.
Connectivity, communication, and sharing
In the past, it would take days and sometimes even months to receive a letter from someone else. Today, with the Internet, you can send an e-mail to anyone in the world and often have it delivered in less than a minute. Other forms of communication, such as chat and VoIP, also allow instant communication with anyone in the world.
Online forums are also places where people who share common interests can connect and talk about what they enjoy or ask questions of other experts in the field.
Anonymity and making people equal
On the Internet, it's easier to be anonymous, which allows people who're discriminated against in the real world to still have a voice. Others on the Internet will not know your skin color, weight height, age, gender, etc., unless you give out that information. You can also easily pretend you are someone or something else to help escape biases you experience in the real world.
Address, mapping, and contact information
With the help of GPS technology, the Internet helps map and direct you to almost every place in the world. You can quickly route to your location or find businesses in your area that may sell or provide a service you need. Today's search engines are also smart enough to know your location and help give you the most relevant searches for your area. For example, if you need a plumber and search for "plumber," you'll get a list of local plumbers in your area.
Banking, bills, and shopping
The Internet provides access to your bank account to view the balance, make transactions, and send money. Also, many services enable you to view and pay bills electronically.
Online shopping is another huge advantage of the Internet, allowing people to find products of interest and buy them without having to visit a store. The Internet provides easy access to compare prices between companies and see what others think about a product through online reviews to help make better purchasing decisions.
Selling and making money
The Internet is a perfect place to sell most goods if you are a business or want to sell products and services. Because anyone in the world with Internet access can find your website, you have more potential customers than you ever could with a local retail store. The Internet is always on and always available, which means you have the potential to sell goods every day at all times. The Internet also allows businesses to advertise their product or service to everyone in the world or specify an exact demographic they want to reach.
There are other ways someone can make money online by performing other online services.
Collaboration, work from home, and access to a global workforce
The Internet is the perfect place to work with other people worldwide. Several online services help you work with people worldwide, and with instant communication, it can even make producing new products and services faster.
An Internet connection allows many people to work from home or have a virtual office. Many businesses allow employees to work from home using their computers and Internet connection. Working from home can save people money by not having to pay for child care and save them money and time by eliminating the daily commute to and from work.
If you are a business that needs employees, many online services can give you access to people looking for a job all around the world. Hiring someone from another part of the country or world gives you access to a broader talent pool and may also be cheaper.
Donations and funding
With access to a much wider audience, anyone with an Internet connection can quickly donate to their favorite charity or help fund projects and ideas that interest them. Also, those looking for charity can find many online services that help make it easier to help donate or support their causes.
The Internet gives everyone an endless supply of entertainment, with access to watching videos, watching movies, listening to music, and playing games online.
Internet of Things
The Internet helps connect devices in your home and smarter by giving them access to the Internet. For example, the Nest thermostat can connect to the Internet to help control the heating and cooling in your home. Also, once these devices are connected, they can be controlled remotely using your computer or smartphone. Connecting IoT (Internet of Things) devices to your home, can become smarter and more efficient and help save energy, money, and time.
Cloud computing and cloud storage
The Internet connects your computers and Internet-enabled devices to cloud services, like cloud computing and cloud storage. With cloud computing, a device can access more powerful computers and supercomputers to perform complex tasks while you or your business work on other tasks.
Cloud storage synchronizes data across any Internet-connected devices, so that you can access your files from anywhere. It makes backing up information easier and safer — your data is securely stored in a professionally-maintained server. So, if you use a cloud storage backup service and your home or office burns down, you will not lose all your valuable data.