Just turning on a computer and entering nearly any word can land a user in forest of information. In fact, it could be called an information overload. With just a few strokes, the weather forecast can be learned from China to China Town in any city in the world.
A few more key strokes and suddenly, a world of local, foreign and domestic news will flash onto the screen. This often does not require a need to translate languages; that can be done by the computer.
Want to know where you’re going, just “maps” and instantly you have a map. All this can be done today on a computer the size of an outdated calculator and even smaller. All these changes are enough to make a person want to stand on their roof tops and scream “g golly why me”?
But, there is hope. Millions of people are spending billions to use, the internet for shopping, comparison shopping, investigation, studying and countless other ways both good and bad. Is it the wave of the future? That is a question that can only be correctly answered with time. ‘
Long existing companies like Sears and J.C. Penny’s are now facing the challenges of new startup companies such as Under Hat Super Store or 1-800-dentist. Thanks to the internet, both old and new startups can go after the same customers with the main difference being advertising budgets. As serious as that is, the smallest of ventures still have a fighting chance to survive. What does this offer the consumer?
The consumer is the big winner. No longer are shoppers limited by geography and snail mail. Orders made in the Montana, USA, can now be processed and shipped from a company in South Africa in only a few hours. That is the magic of the internet.
Anyone wishing to learn something new can do so, with much less expense, if they have an internet connection. The world of internet education and e-books has opened many new doors and minds to opportunity and advancement.
Because of the web, things will never be the same. Those seeking higher education can do so on the web. Entrepreneurs can start an internet business with a few dollars, an idea and a willingness to succeed. Designers can get their ideas seen around the world and nearly anyone can communicate with anyone else on the other side of the world. Is the internet here to stay? Most likely so.