One of man's greatest inventions to date has been the development and
implementation of the internet. This is undoubtedly one of the most important
developments of the modern era. The internet makes it possible to access
information that could be unavailable or difficult to find without it. The
importance of the internet would be difficult to overstate.
Uses of this worldwide network of interconnected computers include
communication, education, business, and entertainment. Instant messaging,
especially with a webcam, has transformed the way people communicate more than
the invention of the cell phone. Now it is possible for individuals to meet and
conference even though they are hundreds or thousands of miles apart.
Students benefit from the creation of this network because they have access to
resources that might not be available through normal avenues such as bookstores
and libraries. In addition, it is possible to take distance learning classes
where the instructor is in one location and students may be scattered out across
Businesses benefit because they have much greater reach and access to customers
that might have never heard of them without the internet. Customers benefit from
the worldwide level of competition for their money, which tends to hold prices
down lower than would be likely at the local level.