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Why AdBlock is a terrible invention
Today, most of the high-quality content on the internet can be accessed for free. It is possible to watch videos, log on to social networks and read tons of online articles for no charge at all.
But how can all this be free?
The answer is that nearly every webpage you see contains advertisements. Everything that is good and free on the internet is funded by advertising. Advertising is what makes the internet in its current format possible. Without it, you wouldn't be able to do all of these incredible things for free. Just because of little banners or boxes with pictures or text in a corner of a site.
The only problem with this is that some people find this mildly annoying and thus downloads a browser extensions called 'AdBlock'.
AdBlock removes all ads from all websites and currently has about 10 million users on Google Chrome (we can assume that is has just about the same number of users on the other major browsers combined, so in actuality, about 20 million people probably use AdBlock).
Each internet user is responsible for the ads-publishing websites' earnings. You earn them money simply by viewing and clicking on their ads.
What happens if you use AdBlock?
Now, if we say that each person on the internet provides earnings for websites equal to 5 dollars amonth, the 20 million people using AdBlock would be responsible for internet companies losing 100 million dollars every month. That is a gigantic amount of money. And all this is thanks to an application, people download because they find little banners mildly annoying. This annoyance is quite understandable, but considering the huge losses the internet suffers because of AdBlock, it probably isn't such idea to use it.
You may be thinking something along the lines of "It doesn't make a different if I just use it. I'm just one person." But think of it this way: When you use it and recommend it to your friends, they will start using it, too. Then they tell their friends, and you've started a chain.
If just 20% of the internet users in the world started using AdBlock, you would seriously begin to see websites disappearing, and content creators would stop creating content because they wouldn't make any money any longer.
For example, I wouldn't be writing this article because I wouldn't be able to make money from the ads that are displayed here.
To sum up, AdBlock is basically destroying all the principles of the internet.
Please beware that if you use AdBlock, you are not supporting the internet probably. It is your own choice if you want to use the application, but you remove your support to all the free things you love and use everyday by doing so.