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  • Last Updated : 31 May, 2018

Internet has a great influence in our lives. We may or may not realize, but it has changed a lot in our lives. We are surrounded by mobile phones, computers and many other electronic devices all the time.Actually sometimes you might actually feel being a slave of these devices. These changes are both advantageous as well as not so much advantageous for us.
Connecting across the Globe

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow us to connect with people who, in a pre-Internet age, we might not have known about. On an average, people at facebook have 350 friends. Also, one tweet from twitter, shakes the whole country, change opinions of millions of people in a second.

Locating our favourite movies and music more easily.

You can stream almost anything online now. Music is available from Spotify, iTunes or Pandora. Movies are available from Netflix. TV is good to find through Hulu. All these forms of entertainment are available in convenient ways online, and people are going for it.

Skipping the Queues

Grofers, Flipkart, Amazon etc., they have changed our lives a lot.There’s no shortage of online stores nowadays. And with the fierce competition, there are giving competitive pricing. With competition, the best come out. Moreover, the cost of maintenance of a mall, and other costs lead to lowering of prices, from their end.

Showcasing our creativity

Writers, artists and other creative types are finding a lot of use for the Internet. Some writers have had their books published through e-publishers, skyrocketing them into the top-level tiers of fame. Others have started blogs, Tumblr accounts and online business through websites like Etsy to get their material out there and connect to an audience as well as earn a handsome amount of money.

We Multitask!!

Multitasking existed long before the Internet, of course, but the ubiquity of smartphones — and tabs! Infinite tabs! — has made multitasking both easier and more damaging.Order food,shopping,manage bank account,office job can all be done effectively in a similar span of time.


In earlier times, we had no way to video conference with our loves ones. Even if there was a way, it was quite expensive and tedious. But, with the emergence of internet, now we can connect face to face with our loved ones, or for corporate meetings etc. Free services like Skype, Google Hangouts, which use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) have also  helped in reaching the masses via these services.

But then ..

Thinking Capacity reduced

These days, whenever teacher gives assignment to students, they tend to go to the internet, copy all the material and just submit it as it is. This just reduce the thinking capacity of students. Google has answer to almost everything in this world and so people do not actually think themselves or search from Books.


After drugs and alcohol, internet is the third most addictive thing. Once you fall the prey to this drug of internet, it is very difficult to come back. Addiction can be of social networking gaming sites, or even gambling websites.


In today’s world, where everyone has internet access but not everyone has right knowledge about what is right and what is wrong on the internet, it becomes a quiet security threat. Scams on internet have been increasing many folds in the past few days and have continued to scam innocent people, looting thousands of dollars. These scam artists work quite efficiently, by tricking and fooling people in lure of more money or any other tactics.

Reduction in real human interactions

Let us face it, with the emergence of more and more social media platforms and sites, people have shifted to more electronic interaction and have resulted in a loss of human touch. This is also a leading cause of depression and a major negative aspects of internet.

About the Author: A computer fanatic, Kunal Tagra, is a 3rd year student at Maharaja Agrasen zInstitute of Technology, Delhi. He has a keen interest in upcoming technologies and software development. He is also passionate about music and also enjoys teaching/learning new things .

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