By | Pratika Khandelwal | Founder and CEO at Felicity
“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” -Andrew Brown
If you could carry only three things with you on a deserted island, internet will definitely be one of your picks. And your friends will not take offence to your honest response to this hypothetical question. If Maslow, were to come up with his hierarchy of needs in 2021, internet would reside at the bottom with food and shelter. In a matter of decades, it has transitioned from being a new-fangled idea to being a bare necessity. Internet has changed life beyond recognition. In terms of its effect on mankind, it is as profound as agriculture, god, and steam engine.
From devaluing information to decimating paperwork and queues, internet’s effects are multifold. Most importantly, it has flattened the world. We travel, work, and marry across borders. Culturally speaking, we are exposed to music, art, and food from all around the world. Global citizenship is a real thing. There isn’t an aspect of human lives that the internet has not touched.
While none of us would like to go back to the old days of expensive international calls and poring over books to glean information, there is a dark side of internet that has noxious effects on our lives.
Sometimes, there is a thin line between using something and getting used by it. We feel in charge when we order a pizza online, watch what we want on netflix, or book a holiday from under our comforter. Internet is like an extended limb and a personal secretary rolled into one. And we depend on it the way we depend on our limbs.