What is Online World? Fast developing technology, mobile revolution and the internet connectivity penetrating deep inside the urban and rural areas have changed the world into a high-tech world, an Internet World, which is now widely known as the Online World. Internet is one of the most transformational technological innovations in human history.
Today we live in a world where everything accessible to us just at the click of the mouse. Very often we refer to this ‘Online’ meaning internet. Internet provides connectivity and facilitates faster and easy communication.
What makes “Online World” so powerful? It’s amazing worldwide reach, ability to create huge social networks in minutes, and to put you in touch with thousands of people in fractions of seconds and growth in the field of science and technology have also made the Online World very powerful.
You must be wondering about the impacts the powerful Online World on our life style. It has both Positive as well as Negative impacts. And the boundaries are so wide that you cannot think of.
Positive Impact of Online World: They are many – Faster and Ease of Communication, E-commerce and Cross Border E-commerce, Online Shopping, Online Education/ Online Universities, Tele-medicine/ Health Services, Online Language Translation, Social Networks, Technology changing the way we travel, Data storage / transfer by uploading / down loading, Online banking / Net Banking, Digital Economy, Media coverage at lightning speed and so on. It is almost countless.
Negative Impact of Online World: Online World also has very serious negative impacts.
Internet Addiction Disorder: The biggest negative impact of Internet/ Online World is the ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’. The research on this Internet disease is still going on and so it is hard to define it at this time. This Internet disease is found mostly among the young adults. Recent surveys conducted in America estimated that around 10 million people are suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder and it is increasing every year.
Reduced Physical Activity: Gone are the days when children used to play outdoor games. Now they prefer to play games online, which do not involve any physical activity. Due to addiction of Internet, many people are doing less physical activities. This is one big reason why obesity is common to find nowadays. Continuous use of Internet is bad for our eyesight as well.
Cyber Crimes: Since anyone can use Internet/ Online World, many try to misuse the Online World. Some people use the internet/online world to cause problems for others or to loot money from others, thus doing online frauds and other types of Cyber Crimes.
Bottom Line: Negative impacts of Online World do not mean that we should stop using it. It’s positive impacts are far more than it’s negative impacts. So, how to uses the Internet/ Online World completely depends on the individual. It is up to us to use it for good purposes only; otherwise, Internet/ Online World will be the biggest curse for you by high tech world.