Is there Anything that the Internet can’t Do?
In the past twenty years, we’ve all spent a greater amount of our lives using the internet to do everything from shopping to playing games. With many of us spending over 36 hours per month on the web, it’s clear that the internet has become an essential part of the modern day experience.
All of which leaves the question as to whether there’s anything that the internet doesn’t cover? One of the first victims that fell to the net was music that saw the likes of Napster deliver a file-sharing revolution before Spotify and Apple Music gave us the chance to listen to any song at the push of a button.
Similarly, movies and books fell under the internet’s digital spell with Netflix and Amazon meaning that cinemas and bookstores faced an uncertain future. But one of the biggest areas of success has been gaming that’s seen World of Warcraft opening the floodgates to massively multi-player online role-playing games to Lucky Nugget Casino’s reinvention of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword slots game.
Anybody who’s survived Black Friday will know how online shopping has transformed the modern day retail experience and online sales sites like eBay and Gumtree have given us all the chance to hunt down all manner of weird and wonderful consumer items.
Even our basic human communication has been transformed through the powers of social media. With the likes of Facebook and Twitter being joined by visual media tools like Instagram and Snapchat, it shows that we’re spending less time talking to each other, but a lot more time sharing pictures of our lunch.
And seeing as a growing number of us are using dating websites and apps like Tinder and Match.com to find true love, it seems that even the most personal human affairs have started to rely on the powers of the internet.
Similarly, the rise of job search websites like Monster and Indeed have helped all of us build our own careers, and an entire generation of hypochondriacs has been successfully created thanks to self-diagnosis health websites like WedMD.
But interestingly, it seems that our engagement with the realm of politics is one of the last frontiers to be conquered by the internet. Although many have credited Facebook with helping Donald Trump to gain the US presidency, the fact that online voting has yet to happen means that unlike casino games and romantic affairs, there are some things the internet can’t do!
Featured image by Jay Wennington