How has the internet affected how you communicate?

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1. Posted by IngridJone (Budding Member 34 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys.. i figured i had best start doing some work on my assignment... so i was wondering how you find that the internet has affected how you communicate to do with things like travelling. when you are travelling how do you find it has changed how you communicate with friends and family back home? is it better or worse? why?... has the fact that you can here communicate with people from so many different cultures changed the way you communicate with people outside of the internet??

just a few questions... any help would be much appreciated!! thanks heaps!!

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey Ingrid, sounds like an interesting topic!

I've found the internet so useful, to start with it has helped me talk to people that could give me tips, I've found a language school in Rio to learn portuguese, I've had loads of helpful tips on where to go and what to see. But that doesn't really answer the question, as to how I actually communicate...well,

It hasn't changed the type of language I use other than the little smileys that help me convey my emotions
communicating with friends I find that I shy away from the long round robin e-mails ( I hate recieving them so why should I send them?!) and so I tend to tell different friends different things and some may get more information than others because I can't be bothered to say the same thing twenty times
As for communicating with people from different cultures...I made a very good friend in India called Jin, he's a tibetan monk and I really honestly thing he has changed my attitude towards debating issues, I'm now much more sensitive to peoples opinions, more open, less abrasive. I tend to approach a debate with an open mind rather than full steam ahead with my own opinions, I've found the language I use in these situations now to be gentler.

Hope this may be of some help?


3. Posted by manz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I find the internet is a very useful tool for communication in this day and age.
Commonly known as the Internet, the world’s largest network is used extensively throughout the world today. Since its creation in 1983, the Internet has continued to grow in popularity and use as a commercial and private communications medium. Millions of people throughout the world use the Internet in a variety of ways, ranging from personal conversations to on-line shopping. According to a survey compiled by Nua Ltd in 1999, the number of Internet users rose from 26 million in 1995 to 205 million in 1999, an increase of almost 700% (Nua Ltd)! With such an explosive increase, how then has the Internet affected us personally, and how has it affected the way we do business? The answers to these questions include changes in the way people obtain information, interact, work, learn and conduct business.

Given the Internet’s original purpose is to share information, it is no wonder that the most important asset of the Internet is the wealth of information that can be found on the Internet (Maney 3). Information previously found only in libraries and encyclopedias is now available on the Internet; in addition, news, weather, and movie listings are also made available on the Internet. Internet users constantly remain informed of the world around them by reading news from the New York Times, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times and many other newspapers found on-line. Even those like myself who are far away from home can keep in touch by reading local newspapers published on the Internet.

Along with the vast amount of information, the Internet also provides almost instant sharing and distribution of information. Through the use of electronic mail, people all over the world can “send information to far-away places cheaply, easily and in great volume – much more than any medium before it” (Maney 3). This form of communication known as email is the most widely used tool of the Internet today.

Another invention of the Internet is the chat room. From within a chat room, people make friends with others throughout the world and share information with one another in real time. Because of email and chat capability, employees can work together without requiring that everyone work in the same place or even at the same time (Maney 4). On a more personal level, email and chat allow families and friends to stay in touch, keeping relationships intact. Being an international student myself, email and chat rooms have greatly benefited me as they enable me to constantly keep in touch with my family and friends in Singapore.

The educational community has also taken advantage of the opportunities the Internet offers. Over the last few years, there has been a tremendous growth in both the number of distance education courses offered by colleges and universities, and in the enrollment in those classes. Internet based classes allow students to watch, listen, and exchange ideas with educators and other students who may be miles away. With on-line education, people learn independently and at their own pace. Such convenience allows learning to take place virtually anywhere and at any time. Busy working adults are now taking classes in the comfort of their home without having to attend regularly scheduled classes on a college campus. Online education also provides people from rural districts the opportunity to have an education without having to travel long distances.

Besides supporting on-line education, the Internet has also made our lives immensely simple by allowing us to do countless tasks even in the middle of the night. Using the Internet, people find jobs, send electronic cards, shop, make airline and hotel reservations, execute stock trades, and even pay bills online! The Internet is thus a virtual market place where people can, at the click of a button, select products, place orders, and pay using a secure electronic transaction. All of this ability has made conducting personal business convenient and easy, and enables everyone to complete many tasks that previously would take weeks.

With the increasing popularity of people shopping and purchasing goods online, the Internet has created “new ways of doing business” (Maney 4). Realizing the potential of the Internet, many companies have started to advertise their products and services on-line. By marketing their products and services on-line, companies are able to constantly update the site's product catalog and inform buyers of any changes. Companies, especially new ones, can now allow themselves to be made known to the consumers through advertising over the Internet. Furthermore, there is lesser overhead cost involved, as sales persons and order takers are no longer required. In addition, the Internet has also enabled low budget organizations to reach interested parties across the country or the world. All of these lower costs have resulted in lower costs for the consumer. Many on-line shoppers can find good deals and low prices for desired goods, leading to even more and more on-line business.

However, these reduced costs and benefits for the consumer have had adverse effects on some businesses that have been around for many years. Those business which typically are service or data oriented have seen a sharp decline in sales. For example, car dealerships compete with on-line business because some customers prefer finding a vehicle on-line instead of dealing with a nagging car salesman. Car dealerships are not the only ones threatened by the convenience of the Internet. Postal services and phone companies also face new competition from Internet applications such as email and voice chat.

Although the Internet may have some great and significant impact on our lives and the way business is done, there are considerable consequences and drawbacks. Because of the Internet, a new social disorder has been created known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). IAD occurs when a computer dominates rather than serves a person, and when people develop “unhealthy dependencies on the Internet use” (Gard 3). Psychologists have found that there has been a raise in the number of people who “find the virtual reality on computer screens more attractive than everyday reality” (Gard 3). These addicts perceive that surfing the web is more important than doing any other task. They cannot control the amount of time spent on the computer. For these addicts, the Internet serves as an outlet to escape from reality, relieving their feelings of distress (Gard 3). These addicts often feel anxious and uneasy when not on-line, and crave the Internet connection. As a result of such an addiction, Internet addicts tend to neglect their family, friends and work. Ironically, numerous on-line support groups have since been set up to offer advice to people with such a disorder.

Apart from Internet addiction, personal privacy is jeopardized and “doesn’t exist on the Internet” (Gard 2). Being a web surfer myself, I have had to provide my name, email account, interests, and even telephone number during several occasions in order to access a particular web site. In doing this, unscrupulous Internet businesses steal or misuse personal information given to them to “personalize features on their sites to make them more appealing” (Gard 2). They also release information about their customers to their advertisers. These companies use this information to invade one’s personal time with phone calls and newsletters trying to offer their services. Furthermore, the Internet has made it easier than ever before for people to share and sell data, so that “anyone who’s willing to pay can get Social Security numbers and driving records” (Gard 2). Likewise, a person having your credit card number and its expiration date can now purchase goods online. From the above examples, it can be seen that there is little, if any, privacy left to be found when dealing with the Internet.

The Internet has also given criminals a new media to exploit. While there are many types of Internet criminal activity, child pornography has quickly become a critical issue for the Internet. There has been a widespread increase in the distribution of illegal child pornography on the Internet; child pornographers misuse the Internet to exploit sexually abused and molested children throughout the world. By means of the Internet, sexually explicit material of children has been illegally transmitted and sold.

Despite these abhorrent activities, the Internet provides each of us with extraordinary new possibilities every day.

With the number of people using the Internet growing exponentially, it is easy to see that the Internet has pervaded the life of everyone. Those that use the Internet on a daily basis, or even only a little, can feel the impact of the Internet around them. The ease with which they can communicate, learn, or accomplish simple tasks and chores makes life easier, and hopefully less stressful. Even those that don’t use the Internet can feel the impact it has on our society and businesses. Because many businesses today use the Internet to advertise products and to provide support, those not familiar with the Internet may find it difficult to get the information needed. People in this position may not like what is happening around them, but the effect on their lives is also felt. Whether the Internet’s effect on someone is good or bad, the fact remains that the Internet has an effect on us all. The only question that remains is how has the Internet affected you…

I hope you like my input

Manz :)

4. Posted by IngridJone (Budding Member 34 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

... someone learnt how to copy and paste :P

5. Posted by Kwark (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

True the internet I can now keep in contact with friends from the other side of the world ;)

And with friends in my hometown with our site

6. Posted by Lus (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

ingrid... hmm names rings a bell dunnow from what but yeah that would just be me ofcourse :D

I use the internet mostly to chat and post on forums to keep in touch with my friends in an easy and cheap way. I also use it to play massive webbased games where you get to know alot of ppl from other countries and thus communicate through the internet and learn one or two things from other cultures in the meantime.

The internet for me is a really easy way to communicate with ppl and especially talking at the same time to multiple persons can be quite usefull at times. I think I can say the way I communicate through the internet didnt really change alot since I started, ofcourse... you take msn, mIRC and subscribe to various messageboards, but did it really change me? not really, besides the fact that I am somewhat addicted to it now!

7. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Well I suffer from temporary IAD - only at work though ;) Just kidding - yes it does have it's pro's and unfortunately it's cons also. However I have not found many cons - I never provide my name and address or personal details without reading policies etc. saying my details will not be given to third parties etc. etc. so I would not get the hassle of advertising companies. Also I will not buy off the internet unless it is a secure site. I would say the pros are that in this busy lifestyle it is hard to keep in touch with friends and family around the globe through old fashioned communication such as telephone or snail mail. The internet benefits me in the way that I can e-mail alot of information etc. to a distant friend or family member and generally have a good knowledge of what is going on in their lives as they do with mine until we get to speak on the phone. I also find the internet a great source of information and have more information on the internet than that of any bookshop or whatever. It is more convenient for an internet these days - the fact that you can just check e-mails, daily news or travel info. whatever in a matter of minutes -unless you have my rather slow computer at home that is ;) Also I'd say it benefits some people that are unable to shop such as if they are very old or find it hard to get to the supermarket or if, like me they detest supermarket queues, as there is such a thing as online shopping now. Also things such as concert tickets or gigs or whatever. you can buy online instead of the phone lines getting crammed and you never getting through or to a venue to buy the tickets. It benefits people, especially myself, in a lot of ways, in my opinion. And provided it is used in moderation and with the user being responsible and wary of giving out personal information, it should prove to have little cons for the majority of people.

8. Posted by IngridJone (Budding Member 34 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

thanks heaps guys :) but can anyone tell me how it has affected their travelling??

9. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi yeh I can I wouldn't be going travelling long-term RTW if it wasn't for the internet - seriously. I was extremely nervous about RTW travelling and going to very distant places alone. My family have not been very encouraging. It doesn't interest my friends and I thought that maybe you do that sort of thing at University or when you are 17 or 18 years old. Going onto the internet proved me wrong. It gave me courage knowing that there are so many other travellers are out there wanting to do the same. I also think that people on travel sites - esp. this one are very helpful! It has made me think that people are not as 'closed' as I thought previously. Also as well as all that it makes me feel good talking to fellow travellers - knowing that people out there actually are willing to help and are interested in what you are saying. So I would say in turn it has made me confident in going RTW travelling and has made me think more positively with the way people are. Also I am willing to help others with information and advice more now than I was before. I have also found the internet has proved to be a valuable source of information for me with regards to travelling, as well as providing information for other hobbies/interests/people/cultures/places etc.

10. Posted by JWalker (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

how internet changed the way I do my travelling...

well me and my friends use the internet to discuss where we want to go to (using forums and instant messaging). because of the forum everyone can give their opinion and this way we should be able to book a holiday everybody likes. The problem with internet using websites is that the communication isn't realtime. when you post something it takes some time other people can reply. this way problems can occur when a decission that needs some rush can be difficult to make using a website

that's the part of arranging the travelling

the other part is talk with the people you've met during travelling

well last year we've met someone from New Zeeland ;) and well without the internet we woudn't be able to communicate with her at all because of the time differences and because we all are poor students who can't pay big phonebills

because the internet doesnt look at distances (communication just takes a couple of milliseconds) it's easy to talk to people from all over the world. other nice thing is that almost everybody can talk english.

well hope this will help you