If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of digital networks, online service platforms and, of course, the Internet per se. It is public knowledge that currently we can work and study from home, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, every day more online platforms and services are created that allow us, basically, to stay at home indefinitely; a procedure that less than a decade ago used to be a headache, nowadays it is possible do it 100% online, such as the duplicate of the ITV card, to give an example.
Today we want to reflect on how the Internet is inevitably changing the world and us, and we ask ourselves To what extent can we stay at home and depend only on the Internet?
A valuable tool for dealing with difficult times
Well, we can start by establishing that the pandemic did not cause the digitization of many sectors, it was something inevitable that could already be seen, but certainly acted as a catalyst for it. Now, whether this is a positive or a negative thing, it is a topic for later.
What is clear is that the Internet, in addition to being a means of communication, is a meeting and support place for communities that already existed in the real world. Medical patients can benefit from remote visits and telemedicine. Religious services now use live streaming to connect with congregations. Musicians broadcast live concerts for millions of fans around the world and let’s not start with the fun you can have playing online with friends, all this and more from the comfort of your PC or mobile.
Likewise, it goes without saying that today online shopping has exploded to astronomical levels and that almost any imaginable good can be obtained via the Internet, including exotic food via delivery. Obviously, there are also many business opportunities and vacancies for entrepreneurs willing to fill any gap in the services provided by the network.
Internet Is everything that the digital age offers us good?
Like everything in life, there is always a downside, and the Internet is not without its problems. In this case, it is a question of the loss of human contact and excess dependence on this medium. Well, you see, humans are social beings by nature and the need for social interaction is something that the Internet cannot completely replace.
However, we are not here to lecture on the negative effects of social media and the digital age, but to weigh the pros and cons of it and reflect on the challenges that await us as a species in the very near future.
In this sense, We recognize the benefits of the Internet as a means of communication, entertainment, education, business and more., as well as the conveniences it gives us for daily life and the paperwork it saves us. But on the other hand, we must also try to actively combat the disadvantages inherent to it, such as sedentary lifestyle, addictions and especially social disconnection.
In general, the Internet is a valuable tool that the modern era offers us, which has helped us a lot during the current situation, since it has allowed us to continue functioning as a society without having to leave home, but it would be irresponsible to ignore the negative effects it brings, so it is important to find a balance between spending time at home connected to the network and the real world.