Ever since personal computer prices dropped significantly in the past decade or so, more people are having continuous access to the internet from their personal computers as well as their phones. Even though we may think that interacting on social media or getting onto the Internet hasn’t drastically changed our lives, there are a few significant changes that have occured throughout our daily lives that make reality different from the world wide web.
The Internet is different from reality in such examples as anonymity, physical distance, no physical appearance unless shown otherwise, and times becomes “immaterial” while on surfing the Internet. Everyone knows that with the right username or photo, they can make themselves anonymous and interact with others with a certain mystery to them. Physical distance is another huge factor when it comes to the Internet because you have the ability to meet people from all over the world without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. Physical appearance has not become too much of a burden or problem as much as it was before with the help of profile pictures on many social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. However, this doesn’t stop people from copying random people’s pictures off the internet and claiming to be them such as an online predator might do.
For me personally, the Internet has allowed me to keep in touch with people I don’t get to see often, or that live farther away. It also allows me to showcase what is going on in my life to others who may not get to see me on a day to day basis. I also see the Internet as a place I go with questions that I am too afraid to ask personally to someone else face to face, or to keep up on current events as well as become a creative outlet for me. The Internet has altered how we go about our daily lives from asking out GPS on our smart phones how to get home from work, to buying a Groupon for that massage you have been eyeing for a while; the Internet as forever changed how we interact with one another. Is this change for the better, or for the worse? You decide what you believe.