The influence of the Internet has caused a modify in the way we communicate, learn and shop.
The Internet is probably most famous for the capability to spread information, fact or fiction. We were once limited to news editors of a local paper, then to national cable news. Now anyone can search the globe, visit local papers in foreign nation, and see the views of all sides. This ease of data has also brought with it a large amount of scam, money schemes, and fallacies.
There is no question that easy access to the Internet, like the introduction of mail service and the invention of the telephone, has changed the essence of people’s connection to others in their social world. Mail made possible connections among people without physical closeness, and the telephone facilitated communication among distant people, making rapid relation possible across long distances.
But has this communication revolution changed the pure nature of relationship and group processes?
On the one hand, since the essential use of the Internet is communication, some people might speculate that the Internet will have positive social consequences in people’s everyday lives because it increases the frequency and quality of interpersonal speak among people. People with easy access to others would feel better connected and more strongly supported by others, leading to happiness and engagement in families, organizations, communities, and society more generally.
But, on the other hand, the ease of electronic communication may lead to weaker social ties, because people have less reason to leave their homes and real interact face to face with other people. The Internet allows people to more easily work from their home, to form and survive friendships and even romantic attachments from their home, to bank from their home, to vote and attract in political and social issue based discussions with others (from home).
In this variety of ways, Internet communications can potentially displace face-to-face communications. I think this point is important because psychologists in many researches have described and proved such face to face and telephone relation as being of higher quality, when viewed in terms of their contribution to satisfaction and well-being.
Consider my own use. I’ve concede several e-mail messages in the past hour. My boyfriend confirms the dinner for tonight. Even though it is weekend, my colleagues send me questions about the pending exam expects a quick answer. So does some diploma student from Europe, that I recently met on “MySpace” with an urgent request for a letter of recommendation. My friend Ksenija sends me an IM to tell me the latest news about her new love. And so on and so on…
So, what else conclusion can I bring except the one that Internet life cannot stand on itself without real-life communication. It is simple: If we understand the qualities of face-to-face communication that influence the impact of such speak on people and their social interaction, we would be able to predict the probable influence of any new communication technology. However, researchers reveal that people sooner or later convert their cyber contacts into more traditional face-to-face, the same as I do. People use the Internet, in other words to help them achieve their real-life goals. And fairly than technology’s changing people’s social and psychological reality, in other words, people change their use of technology to facilitate their creation of a desired social reality.
Internet occupant should closely examine their behavior, to ensure that excessive time online will not negatively impact their personal well-being. We shouldn’t throw our computers out the window, but neither should we charge on blindly into complete dependence on the Internet. As with many things in life, it seems that moderation and balance are key to maximizing the Internet’s positive effect.