WORKING The internet plays a major role in how many do their job. It allows access to databases and other information that helps individuals do their jobs effectively and efficiently. It allows interaction between co workers, as well as between supervisors and employees.
STUDYING Getting an education has never been easier! The internet has really increased the versatility of education. Degrees can be earned, and classes attended without ever leaving the comfort of the home. Virtual classrooms have become an integral part of learning. The use of the internet in education changes rapidly and keeping up with the changes is a part of learning within itself.
FINDING EMPLOYMENT When looking for a job, the internet can be a very valuable tool. Many companies and employers use the internet as a means posting jobs, taking applications, and even interviewing. Not many searches for employment uses the old method of going to the location to fill out an application. Most is done via the internet.
RESEARCHING any topic, theme, or idea can be researched from the computer. School libraries can be accessed via the internet. One can also access scholarly databases and websites using the internet. The internet gives accurate and up to the minute information on many topics. Individuals can find out the weather in Ireland, or the native dish of Thailand simply using the internet.
BANKING/BILL PAYING Paying bills and keeping up with banking needs has never been easier, thanks to the internet!
COMMUNICATION The internet is a major hub for communication. It allows one to communicate with family, friends, co-workers, and a host of other individuals via the internet. Communication takes place through e-mail, chat applications, webcam/skype. The internet affords most individual the opportunity to stay in touch with family and friends who are scattered throughout the world. They can share real-time information and can remain very close even though thousands of miles away.
DIRECTIONS/MAPPING Everything from estimating how much time it will take to reach a certain destination to how much of an expense can be incurred on the trip with gas and food are things that the internet can be used for. Using sites like Mapquest and Yahoo directions, and Google directions can show students how to plan and prepare for a trip.
SHOPPING The internet is a great source for shopping. The buying needs of most can be met by a simple click of the mouse. This could help students learn how to search for bargains and how to stay within a budget.
COOKING/ENTERTAINING The internet has helped many to prepare great dishes and come up with great ideas for entertaining guest. An array of recipes can be found on the internet. There are recipes from professional chefs to everyday chefs many of them great. There are great sites such as food network, and southern chefs for great recipe ideas. Some of them also provide step by step instructions on how to set up buffet stations along with other ideas about entertaining guests, all from the internet.
DATING/SOCIAL NETWORKS There is an abundance of dating and networking sites on the internet. The internet has made it possible to meet many people that some wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to meet. Many marriages and other relationships have been the result of an internet meeting! Individuals are able to find and keep in contact with individuals from all walks of life. Some of the most popular sites are facebook, and myspace, eharmony, just to name a few.
FUN, FUN, FUN The internet is a great place for games , socializing, networking, and a host of other things. For many, one of my main uses for the internet is to just have FUN!