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How Broadband Internet Has Already Changed Our Lives

By Edited Sep 14, 2016 0 0

The Internet and Our Dependency On It

Wondering just how much broadband internet has changed your life? The vast majority of us are now completely dependent on the internet to do all kinds of things, so if you're wondering what exactly has change, or maybe, God forbid, you're thinking about doing away with your connection for good, read on to find out what's so different these days...

When's the Last Time You Saw a Video Rental Place?

Home mobile broadband allows you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. TV and video streaming sites mean that you can watch classic shows, or even new ones. Catch up, on demand services mean that you don't have to be home at eight to watch the latest episode of your favourite TV show. And services like Netflix mean that you can grab a movie any time that you feel like watching one. And, seriously, what are your other alternatives at this point for films? Other than paying full price and buying the DVD you want, there aren't many other options in most parts of the country, since most rental places have already gone out of business. You can even watch some movies and TV episodes before they play in the UK, using services like iTunes. Of course, there is a down side. Pirating is always an issue when it comes to films and TV, but that can get you into some serious trouble these days, and more and more pirates are getting themselves caught for illegally downloading material. Plus, there's no guarantee that you're downloading a decent copy of whatever you want anyway.

That Mobile Broadband Dongle Means You're Always Online...

Get yourself a mobile broadband dongle along with amobile broadband plan, and suddenly, you're online whenever and wherever you want. Sure, you could use your smart phone instead. But wouldn't you prefer the big screen and all the software that's on your lap top instead? Now you can prepare your meeting on the train, do your college paper on the bus. Sit in the park and work on your latest novel, if you want. The ability to be in constant contact is both a blessing and a curse. There's no longer any excuse for not working. Even if you call in sick, you might well be expected to check your email. But on the other hand, you have no choice but to stay at home, maybe because your child is sick, and you can still get your important work done, even while you're waiting in the doctor's waiting room.

What You Listen to and When...

Even music has changed with broadband internet. Streaming radio allows you to listen to radio stations from all over the world from your computer. Sites like Pandora and Spotify allow you to choose the kinds of music that you like, and then the site will suggest other options that you might be into given which tracks you already prefer. And when was the last time you bought an album on CD? Most people these days prefer to just download the MP3 version, since it's probably not going to be played on a CD player anyway. In fact, you don't even have to buy the whole album any more, just get the tracks that you actually like, and forget about the rest.

How We Communicate...

Still got a land line home phone? You probably won't have it for too much longer. Having internet access means having access to all kinds of new forms of communication; you can send emails and instant chat messages to people, of course. But you can also video chat for free using services like Skype. Video chatting is obviously better than simple voice chatting on the phone, since you get to see the person that you're talking to. Plus, it's free. Still think you need that land line phone? And should you need to call someone who doesn't have Skype, you can just put some Skype credit onto your account and use that for a call to any regular phone. The upshot of this is that communication is easier and cheaper than ever before. And that means staying in touch with friends and family is simple.

Shopping and Shopping and Shopping...

Online shopping means no more trailing around the shopping centre, which many people can appreciate. But it's not just a matter of convenience; online shopping means that comparing products and prices is far easier. This in term means that consumers are far more educated about what they're buying, and can make better purchasing decisions. But it also means that you can be sure that you're getting the best price that you can get on a product, simply by using a price comparison web site. And as more and more retailers decide to sell online, prices are steadily dropping. Overheads for online retail are far lower than overheads for physical retail are, and this means that online sellers can afford to offer cheaper discounts and lower prices.

How We Spend Our Time...

Obviously, home broadband access has significantly changed how we spend our time, both in good and bad ways. You used to be able to leave your computer screen at work when finishing time came around, but now you're probably going to head home and get straight back on a computer again. We do spend far more time inside and in front of a screen than we used to. Everything from following hobbies to online gaming to catching up with friends happens online. In some ways this simply means that we're spending less face to face time with people, and some might consider that wrong. But on the other hand, talking to a stranger on the other side of the world about your classic car collections is pretty amazing. And getting to see your new nephew or niece in Australia using Skype is invaluable. Sure, the way we spend our time is different now, but it's not all bad. And anyway, you'll need all the computer skills that you can get in today's world, so you can always see it as job training...

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