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Published:December 6th, 2006 08:14 EST
Effects Of Computers and The Internet On Society

Effects Of Computers and The Internet On Society

By Shakti Ghimire


Before we know it, technology is going to pass us by. With the invention of the computer and the Internet, the possibilities are endless. Society is changing by leaps and bounds, with no chance of stopping in the near future. All this change with computers and the effects that it will have on the way we live tomorrow, influences our development. The Internet affects us in every way, most importantly with our social lives, our jobs, and our entertainment.

Our social lives are not just communicating with telephones and mail anymore. Going on-line " is the new way we like to communicate and interact with people. Chat rooms on the Internet are open for people to talk and explore with other people who may live on the other side of the world or the other side of the street. E-Mail is also another popular way to correspond with others. Users can electronically send mail to another person with an on-line mailbox, simply by typing in their message and sending it by the click of a button. Two seconds to send e-mail to someone on the other side of the world is much quicker than a week or more through the ordinary mail. The Internet can also affect our jobs.

Computers calculate and process information much quicker than the average person. This not only saves time, but money, too. Stock trading is now on the Internet, along with banking and any other type of business you could imagine. The world wants things to be quick and easy. The best answer to that is to have a computer do it for you. In the future, hundreds of millions of jobs will be taken away from honest hard-working employees and will be given to computers. That is an inevitable side effect of technological progress. No matter what choices we make, or what plans we change, these outcomes are going to become real. Why would a business pay someone to take phone orders, when a computer can do it in less time and make it both cheaper and easier for the business and the buyer?

Computers and the Internet are definitely affecting the way we entertain ourselves. The most basic example is card games. If the computer can deal out cards on a screen with the click of a button, why would anyone want to deal out a deck of cards manually and have to clean them up afterwards? On the Internet, you can gamble with on-line casinos, place bets on a horse race, or even watch movies and listen to music. People can do all of these activities in the comfort of their own home. No gas money is wasted or time spent driving around to find entertainment so people are happy.

Society seems generally happy about the way things are changing because of technology. Cheaper is better, less time consuming is better. With the choice of having a computer and being on-line, there is almost nothing you cannot do. Computerization and this remarkable idea of the Internet is  revolutionizing the way we will live in the future.