How The Web Has Revolutionized Our Lives
I am usually not the one to do a ton of theorizing and philosophizing. In fact, I often try not to do it. Still, every now and then, one cannot stop but think about some humongous moments in one's life – moments that have changed everything about their life. For me and everyone from my generation (and all of the others, for that matter) has been the inception and the rapid proliferation of the web as an inseparable part of our lives.
It has truly changed everything...
How We WorkExcept for very few industries, the web has brought on a massive change into the way we work. It has changed a number of industries from top to bottom, allowing for an easier exchange of information and for increased productivity, among other things. It has also created whole new industries and career options such as developing and selling software as a service, doing affiliate marketing or becoming a social media manager for a big company. And these are just a few examples.
The web has also enabled people to work remotely for companies that are thousands of miles away. It has enabled small companies to become more competitive facing large corporations that are creeping in on their, once-local markets.
It has changed the way we work from its very core.
How We CommunicateIt may not sound like much to some people – being able to go online, fire up a webcam and talk to a member of their family fifteen hundreds of miles away; but for many of us, this has brought a revolution to how we live. Being able to do this without spending a penny would sound like madness if you traveled back in time and talked to someone in the 1980s.
And it doesn't stop here.
Take, for example, social media. TV networks and newspapers are losing the battle against social media when it comes to news (fake or real). Actual revolutions are being supported by people on social media. People are creating history on social media. People are meeting the loves of their lives on social media.
The web has also made it much easier for people working on the same projects to communicate, expediting successful completion of those projects and ensuring no one is wasting their time.
How We LearnPerhaps more than anything else, the web has changed the way we learn, the way we obtain and process information.
This starts on a very basic level. For example, try and explain to the younger generation that people used to go to libraries to find books on a subject they were interested in and they will look at you doubting your sanity. Nowadays, we have an ocean of information just a few clicks away and somehow we manage to take it for granted.
For young (and not necessarily only young) people who wish to become, for example, engineers, this has become easier than ever before – being able to apply anywhere in the world for an online degree or getting access to the world's largest and best libraries.
We have even begun hearing and reading about machines that are starting to learn and that take their first online steps.
The web is bringing learning, information and education to everyone who wishes to learn and it does it in ways that seemed impossible just a few years ago, never mind decades.
This is just scratching the surface, but even these broad strokes make it obvious that the web is a paradigm-shifting invention, on the same level as electricity or antibiotics.
And that is no small feat.