Since I lived before there was an Internet, I suppose I could live without it, although it would be difficult. I’ve gotten so use to staying in contact with friends and relatives through the Internet. It is so easy just to write a quick email to find out how someone is doing or to tell someone of your plans or troubles. People are so busy these days it is often difficult to get in touch with them by phone, even though it’s a little easier with cellphones. No one has time to write real letters and letter writing has fallen out of style in today’s world.
I use the Internet everyday for so many things. Right now, I could not live without it and get my Master’s degree because I’m going to be going to school online. So the Internet is an absolute necessity for my continuing education since no university in my area offers the degree i am pursuing. I have met many people from different countries across the global through social networking sites and made many good friends and explored other cultures that way.
I take care of all my travel plans using the Internet. I book my flights, rent cars, reserve hotels and bed and breakfast establishments all through Internet access. I even check into my flight through the Internet, which makes airport hassle more bearable.
The Internet has enabled me to learn new languages on various websites. Instead of buying a load of books and having to try to figure out the pronunciation for myself, I can go to the language sites and learn the language from native speakers. It’s a much better way than text books and you can even role-play in the interactive language sites.
I order food through the Internet. Last night I ordered a pizza on line and it arrived at my home within 15 minutes piping hot, exactly as I had ordered it. No more waiting on the phone and hoping the clerk on the other end had gotten my order straight.
The Internet has helped me in my spiritual life, as well, although that may be difficult to believe. I can access recitations of the Holy Qur’an and learn parts of the Qur’an for my own recitation through means of the Internet. I can watch tv broadcasts and youtube videos to help learn prayers and clarify points of knowledge about my religion through the Internet.
A person can learn about virtually (no pun intended) anything by using the Internet. Wikipedia is one of the greatest starter tools on the Internet, in my opinion. It is a gigantic encyclopedia just there to be explored for whatever it is you’re looking for. And images of practically anything are available as well,
I can keep abreast of current events as they happen moment to moment through Internet connections. To show how important the Internet is to the people of the world, when an authoritarian government wants to gain more control over events in their country, the first thing they do is to shut down the Internet. This was done in Egypt last week during the uprising. People somehow find a work-around this (beats me how they do it but they do) and get the images the government does not want shown out to the rest of the world.
I do almost all my shopping online. I hate to go out to stores only to find they don’t have what I’m looking for. It is so much easier to find just what I’m looking for on the Internet and have it delivered directly to my door, sometimes for free and without paying sales tax.
In short, yes, I could live with out the Internet, though life would be much slower and more complicated. Do I want to live without the Internet? No way!