If there is one thing that has changed it all for us at work and at home, it is the internet. From streaming, directions, entertainment and information, we have it all at our fingertips.
Let’s take a look at entertainment. Fifteen years ago, if you wanted to listen to a band – or if you had a song that was stuck in your head, you’d need to head down to the CD store and pick up the disc to play. The internet was around, but not everyone had an internet connection to log into Napster and enjoy peer-to-peer music sharing of which the legality of the action was unknown. Even then, internet speeds limited song streaming – if you wanted a song, it would take you hours to download a single song. A whole album could take a day if you didn’t live on the internet highway. Napster was way ahead of its time, but the revolution it started has been fully realized today. With applications like Spotify, Deezer and of course – Napster, we can stream entire discographies in seconds. If we want to listen to Springsteen, we can – if we want to blast the ‘Stones, it is possible. There is nothing stopping us now! It doesn’t stop at music, if we skip back ten years ago – we still had to make plenty of trips to the DVD rental place to watch the films we wanted to watch. Now things are easier now we know how to get Netflix and other streaming sites. Netflix gives us a library of tailored content, amazing movies and television shows as well as its own content – including some of the Marvel stuff like Iron Fist and Luke Cage that it has been producing. The internet also allows us to game online with people through services like Steam, Playstation Plus and Xbox Live. At home, that means the internet has meant more access to entertainment and connectivity than ever before.
There is so much the internet can do for us. Like we’ve just said, we can access more ways of entertainment than ever before. We can also access a lot of information. If there is a DIY or home maintenance project that we want to complete, or need to action – we can find not only countless written guides, but a number of video based tutorials. This isn’t just for DIY, it is for everything – that means studying and homework has never been simpler and the research skills used will certainly be useful for kids later in life.
It’s also about connectivity – the internet has made it easier than ever to talk to our family. We can get in touch at work or when we are out and about thanks to the abundance of instant messaging applications.
From entertainment to information and connectivity, the internet has made home life enjoyable – but with every good thing – moderation is key. The internet opens doors for us, but we need to enjoy them ourselves instead of being glued to screens all the time.