Today while going to work, I was sitting behind two university students. I guess they were in their first year, seeing them revising pretty obvious things, apparently for a class test. (but I was like them too in my first year 😛 )
I heard one of them saying: “did you search for the uses and limitations of the Internet.. damm, we can be assessed today..”
So, I tried to figure out the answer in my mind, but then I said to myself why not blog about it tonight itself. So, let’s briefly find an answer to our two “uni friends” examinable question.
Uses Of The Internet
1) Information Resource.
Anyone, anywhere, can use the Internet as an informative resource since it is packed with so many many many articles about almost any topics.
2) Education Resource.
I guess you figured this out: our “two friends” can find an answer to their question online if they haven’t find the solution. But most importantly, they can immediately google for this information right from the university lab (which I bet they did). So, the Internet can be a very handy and instant educative platform for any student from any machine with an internet connectivity.
3) Online Magazines and Newspapers
Nowadays, you don’t really need to buy a newspaper or magazine due to their online availability.
4) Online Shopping and Commerce (E-Commerce)
This is pretty obvious too, you can buy and sell online. A very big advantage of E-Commerce is that you can target a wider audience as compared to a business which is local to a country.
5) Online Communication
How can we possibly forget this one? Internet is a crucial medium for communication and interaction. Examples are blogging (you are reading this from a blog), forum or communities, chat rooms, social platforms like myspace, facebook..etc, instant messaging like msn or yahoo messenger chat, Email, and so many other forms of communication available.
6) Sharing of views and opinions about anything.
A concrete example is me, Wakish, sharing my own perception and experience about “the uses and limitations of the internet” which you are reading right now. Another example might be YOU, the reader, contributing more to what I’m saying by commenting in the form below..
7) Sharing of softwares, music, ebooks and other products
This is pretty much clear.
8.) Advertising and Promotion of items and products.
Internet has become a very powerful advertising medium..infact it’s a craze these days.. Everyone everywhere has something to advertise online, including me 😛 (it’s the mantra..)
9) Video Conferencing and Remote Desktop
These two have undergone a whole new and beneficial dimension, especially for business and companies (If you want an explanation on these two concepts, let me know – I’ll be glad to try to come up with something to please you )
10) *You Say What?*
Common, this is supposed to be you and me discussing, so let us hear some more uses from you!
Limitations Of Internet
1) The quality of information resources might not always be reliable and accurate.
Of course, with so many many websites and webmasters claiming to be an expert in almost anything, we are ending up with stuffs like “learn how to earn online with a 13 year old“. While I don’t blame such approaches, their integrity and experience about the subject is definetly questionable.
2) Searching of information can be very tedious. (It IS definetly time consuming)
Let’s a take an example, just google for the word “money“, you will see 10 pages full of resources (That’s only with google, now there are yahoo, msn..etc). So finding what you are exactly looking for, might take you some hours of browsing..
3) Internet is definetly not 100% secure.
We cannot neglect things like identity theft, a pc being compromised by a cracker or your email account being compromised..etc
( Thought: may be you could think about the possible solutions for this situation )
4) *Say Your Part*
What have I left out or wrongly said? Let me hear you..