No, just kidding about being addicted to the web (I hope), but I often wonder what I’d do without it. Even though I strive to maintain a balance between my “online time” and “real world time”, I must admit – every aspect of my life depends on one online service or another. It blows my mind when I think about all the things I used to do in person that I now do “virtually” – such as banking, networking, and shopping.
Who’s on the Internet?
Apparently, I’ve got lots of company when it comes to being “stuck to the web”, as the infographic below illustrates. The graphic gives the latest stats on internet usage in the USA – how much, how often, and by whom. Some of the stats aren’t too surprising – such as younger people using social media more than older folks. However I was surprised to read how many people consider themselves addicted to the internet – 61%.
Benefits vs Risks
It’s worth noting that the infographic also highlights some of the benefits of the internet, such as helping a loved one deal with an illness, or finding a new place to live. As with most things in life, you have to weigh the risks against the benefits, and the internet has its share of risks – including identity theft, loss of privacy, and security concerns. You also have to remember that nothing can replace the value of face-to-face interactions – whether they’re personal or business-related. There’s no doubt we’ll rely on the internet even more in the future, but we should also make sure it doesn’t affect our personal relationships and overall well-being.
What’s your take?
I’d love to hear your opinion. Do you think we’ve become too dependent on the internet in our everyday lives?