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10 Internet Pros & Cons in 2016

Updated on September 18, 2016
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Nadine joined Kima Global Publishers in 2001. She loves creative writing and has written short stories about her own novel characters.

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I love the internet

Why? Thanks to the social networks alone ordinary people from all walks of life have now been given a voice, so let’s USE IT!

Does anyone know whose domain is the world wide web?

www is equivalent to 666 in terms of gematria and position within the Hebrew alphabet. The English letter W is equivalent to the Hebrew letter Waw: That made me think twice about the meaning behind the www.domain.com. The CERN logo also seems to suggest 666 doesn’t it. Are you freaked out yet? Read the rest for yourself. Dan Brown tuned into this too in Angels & Demons.

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It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous by philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science.

 
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I still love the internet, but I learned to be very cautious.

Let’s speak our minds about how most of us might feel concerning topics to do with problems that affect every ordinary citizen around the world.

Topics like:

  • Politics: by questioning the leaders who are in charge.
  • Crime: When a crime is committed and we know the truth, expose the criminal by using the net.
  • Topics on health: What about questioning our health facilities or remedies, even if they are promoted by the medical profession.
  • Economics: reading and commenting on articles to do with our banking systems.
  • Are wars truly necessary?: Question our leaders why they still seem to want to go to war.

Those are some of the topics that have now been given exposure like never before. Every human being has a role to play!

There is also another side to the internet where every ordinary citizen who do have excess to the wide world web can benefit from.

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Topics like:

  • Art exhibit websites: We are now exposed to the Art World that provides automated solutions for art galleries, artists, interior designers and architects alike.
  • Sport from around the world: If the Olympics' organizers ever decide they need a few fresh sport, there are many websites that might inspire them.
  • Inspiring scientific information: Most of the research for my novels has been dome through these websites.
  • Learning about the history of our planet: YouTube videos tell us more than ever before that our text book history we learned at school was lies. Now we can all make up our own minds what we believe and when we do not accept as truth.
  • Everybody can own their own website or blog: This opportunity has made a great improvement to any person’s lives. I know from our own experience our online publishing website has been and still is a great business platform for us.
  • Earning opportunities: Need I say more. Hubpages is one good example.
  • Learning new skills through YouTube for FREE.

Digital marketing trends of 2015 was one of the most talked about topics in the mobile marketing Industry. What about 2016? It does already have lowered the attention span of many people, so is humanity evolving?

How will the internet world look in 2020?

I’m not so sure if I like some of the ideas of the following video inventions. I do like the boarding passes, and the physical looking newspaper that is in reality an electronic devise. That does look incredible but... I hate anything that is attached or implanted into my body.

Having looked at some of the future gadgets in some of the other videos on YouTube on this topic. I,m glad that I’ve probably passed over into a different dimension by then.

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The 10 major cons

  1. People can get hooked (addicted) to the internet and sit more and move less than they did 20 years ago. (Image of obesity due to the internet)
  2. People can post anything – which can lead to too much misinformation
  3. People can set up corrupt websites to get paid for non products or services.
  4. Fear driven website and videos can have a devastating effect on people who are gullible.
  5. Internet porn can have a very undesirable effect on young people who have no moral guidance to follow at home. Too much access to unsavory characters that should not be allowed near children are often targeting children and young adults.
  6. Intimidation through shocking Digital Marketing campaigns and relentless spam emails can be a major time consumer for any internet user.
  7. Dependence on only internet based income can lead to unsocial behavior; (people who are texting or are on social media sites during working hours instead of doing the jobs they are paid to do or communicating with each other on cell phones or other portable internet gadgets during family or friends gatherings
  8. People can abuse you by relentless harassments on social media through sending private messages even if you have not befriended them.
  9. Security: People can steal your identity, or publish misinformation about you or post harmful content under your name
  10. Peoples health can be affected by the electromagnetic waves around them at all times, even during sleeping time.

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The 10 major pros

  1. Making new connections and friendships with like minded people all over the world on social media sites.
  2. Finding websites or blogs on topics that can awaken people’s passions, and be able to share their personal knowledge.
  3. Local authorities used social media to track and tag the people involved in criminal activities
  4. Local communities used social media to sell or exchange unwanted or second hand goods.
  5. Students with internet access at a rate of 50% higher in their school work using social networking sites.
  6. Members of social networks, blogs or websites discuss health conditions, share important information and resources relevant to visitors conditions
  7. Sites such as LinkedIn are a major resource for job recruiters to advertise their needs or to find employment
  8. The internet offers huge opportunities for photographers and fine art or graphic artist to promote their work
  9. The internet offers huge opportunities for authors and writers to get their creative writing exposed on specialized article platforms like Hubpages
  10. Many FREE opportunities for people to start their own business now matter what product or service they want to earn from

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Getting hooked (addicted) to the internet

I have written a similar article on how the internet can take you away from many physical activities under the title: I-stumbled-on-a-new-hobby

The Definition of an addiction

The very word addiction is often characterized by a compulsive behavior or an engagement that is often rewarded because it suppresses an underlying disorder. As an example:

  • Some cell phone users show the same symptoms as drug addict. Total dependencies to be in contact through the cell phone. Driving while speaking or texting on cell phones has caused many casualties.
  • Internet users who have mental or emotional attachments to on-line friends or groups. These sites are usually operating in closed groups where the member is welcomed and nurtured by other members..

Is the Internet ideal for lonely people?

People who never have been very socially active do find the internet a solution for their loneliness, but does it really benefit them?

I know of someone who gets terribly upset when the internet is down. She is then almost in tears or gets angry. She is a very lonely person who rarely gets out of her home, and when I speak to her, all she can talk about is her wish for a catastrophic event to happen. She has a very negative outlook on life. I suspect that she is hooked onto cult like internet groups where she has befriended people who like her wish for a total world collapse.

Using the internet as an inspiration medium

Our ancient ancestors possessed a far greater understanding of our Universe, and used far more advanced technology than we do today, but due to the internet everybody has now got the ability to poke holes in existing theories, concepts and ideas that before took so called experts years of research. Therefore today man will awaken spiritually a lot faster due to the internet.
My own love for the internet is to do with the many creative activities that are possible. My virtual fantasy through story telling is also enhanced through the Internet, but NEVER as a substitute for real-life human connection. I do have a very active physical life with a loving partner, family and friends but the internet has become more of a blessing. It’s a great outlet for my creative drive to transform my thoughts into pictures, like I do for my articles here on hubpages.

I will add a great link about Free Online Courses from the World’s Top Publishers

Thanks for the many great cyberspace article writers and to the many hub page members for reading this article about our reality in Cyberspace.

Nadine

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good common sense hub Nadine on the pros and cons of the Internet. I didn't know www was the equivalent of 666. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the internet too. Thankfully I haven't allowed it to be addictive for me. I like your perspective here....and I look forward to seeing the advancements made in the years to come.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Like John, I was unaware of the correlation between www and 666. I don't even like typing those numbers! I'll have to go back and read more via the link you provided.

      This post is quite timely. I was just thinking about how sitting in front of a computer all day with no human interaction for the past three years has affected my personality. I see it in my writing. I had a much more lively voice when I wrote as a hobby. When I worked outside the home I was around people all day. We'd laugh, talk, share, goof around... all those things that keep the personality alive and thriving.

      The Internet is great for research and making friends we might not have ever met otherwise, but it can create a very lonely existence.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I refused to become addicted to the internet. I have a friend who stays on Facebook all day long. What a waste!

      I have to admit I do go to Mr. Google at least once a day to find an answer I need for an article, etc. but I take the time to exercise part of the day.

      Very interesting and informative article.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Serenity Miller 2 years ago from Brookings, SD

      I had to laugh when I read your "www/666" connection... my husband and I just had a late-night speculation fest a few months back and landed on "What if the internet is the antichrist?" In any case, good topic. Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like my internet. And I am really glad that I have 1,000 other things to do so I just cannot sit at it for too long. Great hub, I guess I would have to care about 666 in order to care about www.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Interesting Hub, Nadine. There are endless pros and cons of the internet. I believe you showed the most prominent ones. I'm not sure the 666 thing is deliberately chosen. The same is said of the Google logo. It is of course very awkward to begin an internet address with www.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comments and voted Jodah. Yes when I learned about the www that stood for 666 I knew I had to start my article with that info first to catch readers attention!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I love the internet, but it must be used wisely. I don't like the amount of information that is there for the picking.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Awesome list! Like any bit of technology, the Internet can be empowering at times and unnerving at others.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Very well written hub on pros and cons of internet. Thanks for sharing.

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      Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

      It's like a mixed blessing I guess. I'm always curious as to how the average person manages the multiple social media platforms. I think it is difficult enough just trying to handle our direct family's social needs let alone the dozens if not hundeds of friends that an create an obligatory ecipricol relationship and also I ant understand why people would want to air their most intimate selves on social media platforms such as twitter for all to see and which is very difficult to erase if done in regret!

      I think its a's a great place for promoting one's different roles - such as a fae page provides - eg: writing, hobbies, causes etc - but not so sure about the personal side. Better to keep that real as you say to prevent us becoming too anti-social.

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      Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

      Sorry about my typo's - the c on my keyboard seems to be stuck!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      You've covered this topic well, Nadine. Showing both the pros and cons and an awareness that children can and do sometimes fall into danger.

      I use the internet mostly for you my friends here on Hub Pages. I also do e-mails, occasionally browse, do research and the odd online course necessary for my work. I love chinese movies Hey he.

      Great Hub. Hope the recent problem has sorted itself out for you. Much peace.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for sharing that you love the internet as well Billy. Yes I also hope that any advancements to do with the internet will benefit all.

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      Linda Crampton 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've created great lists of Internet pros and cons, Nadine. I know that there are problems associated with the Internet, but on the whole I love it!

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear Shauna you are making a vary valid point here. Yes for many people including me, working in front of a computer from home day in day out can indeed create a kind of isolation from other people. Thank goodness for my partner who I share an office with and some of my friends who do pop in.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment because its important for me to find out how other people experience the internet. Yes Facebook seem to be addictive for many people. I can see who is almost always on Facebook on the home feed page. Many use their cell phone, so they are probably out somewhere.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha ha yes that was a coincident for you reading my post. Thanks for reading it.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes like you I always have many other projects on the go away from the internet, but most of my daily hours are lately spent reading, posting ,commenting, publishing or following and liking others and their activities in Cyberspace. Thanks for reading my post.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      When I was writing this article that same day a headline about the 666 meaning came past me on my home feed page on Face book, that is why I added that tidbit of information. I had never linked the www with 666 and was therefore intrigued. Glad that my post was of interest to you.

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      Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I enjoy and like the Internet (if used well, it is a marvelous tool of technology) although I don't make use of Facebook and other, similar social media sites because I just don't have the time. I'm always amazed at those who "hang out" on FB all day long. My main complaint about the Internet is that people may hurt others with impunity because they can hide behind the Net's anonymity. Very interesting article, Nadine; you've brought up great pros and cons.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes there is a lot of information that is not always easy to be confronted with. thanks for your comment

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Larry sorry for responding 8 days later.Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your kind words Dr Pran

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I totally agree. Keep personal stuff out of the social media. Occasionally I will share a photo about our garden or if we have been out for the day, but that is more to share a kind of 'realness' with my social network friends. To see a photo of a person you only know by name is often helpful but yes that is all I share. I do not join debates or air my personal opinions about something, but I do like encouraging images with thought provoking text or quotes. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I know all about that, especially when I'm on my tablet.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for reading this post. You are wise not to spent that much time on the internet. About my recent problem. No my UnFeatured post: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was 'not to their standard' and Nick's suggestion was that maybe I should write for another site? Something in that nature. I've deleted the email and I take it that this was an automatic reply, I at least hope it was.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad you liked it Alicia and yes I also love the internet.

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      Nadine May 24 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Genna like you I do enjoy the internet. Thank goodness Ive never experienced or came across unpleasant or nasty people myself, but I do feel that whatever interaction I have with others, I try to see the best in everyone, or I rather move on when we clearly have nothing in common. I do not go into a debate with people on the internet. Yes some websites on the internet are misleading visitors on purpose, I stay away from them, especially when the owner of a website is nonexistent.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      The Internet opened up a whole new world for lots of people, just like learning to read and write, learning to drive, etc., does.

      Everything has it's good and bad sides, but I think most people who spend much time on here soon learn to avoid scams. Some people don't, but they don't learn very well in any other medium either if you think about it.

      A good analysis. Voted up!

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      I especially like your list of positives. Even people in far-flung locations can be connected. Voted up and more.

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      Nadine May 23 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      So very true Flourish. Yes for me the positive hugely out-way the negative. Thanks for your vote up.

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      Lana Zakinov 22 months ago from California

      I'm glad that everyone has a voice now, except...all it seems to create is chatter...Everyone speaking at the same time, cacophony, flood of information of no significance or value...and rampant narcissism. I hope that our Internet and social media culture will evolve into something more conscious, less selfie :) Great read!

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes Kalinin. Yes there is indeed a lot of "chatter" going on and yes we can be overloaded with useless information, but that is after all the responsibility for every visitor in cyberspace, to be discerning. That every individual has a voice through the internet is fantastic but could be a negative thing as well, but karma will sort out all the disinformation, I'm sure.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      A large part of my life is online. I would be lost without my computer and the Internet. I don't think the Internet is bad unless people fail to learn enough about it to protect themselves from possible problems. That is just as true with telephones and in person interactions. I think it's great that people can so easily interact with others and voice their thoughts and opinions if they choose.

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      Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post on this topic Au fait. Yes I also love the internet. I've learned so much in terms of knowledge and skills, not to mention the people I have come to know from all over the internet. Cyberspace is an added dimension next to our physical reality, what a blessing.

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