Not everyone technically “needs” the internet, but it’s become a critical component of many aspects of modern life and is therefore considered a necessity by many people.
Here are several reasons why everybody should have internet:
- Communication: The internet provides numerous platforms (like email, social media, messaging apps) that make communication instantaneous, efficient, and inexpensive. It allows us to keep in touch with people from all around the world.
- Information Access: The internet is a vast storehouse of information. With it, you can learn about nearly any subject, research different viewpoints, and stay updated on current events. It’s also a vital tool for education, with many courses and learning resources available online.
- Work and Business: Many businesses and jobs rely on the internet for their operation. Remote work, online advertising, digital sales, and e-commerce are just a few examples. Many companies use cloud-based tools and services that are accessed via the internet.
- Entertainment: The internet provides a myriad of entertainment options, including streaming video, music, video games, and social media. It’s also a platform for sharing and creating content, such as blogs, podcasts, and videos.
- Services: Many essential services have moved online. This includes banking, shopping, booking appointments, renewing documents, and more. The internet makes these tasks more convenient, saving time and effort.
- Community and Socializing: The internet allows people to connect with communities of like-minded individuals, join discussions about topics they’re interested in, and participate in social activities and events.
- Innovation: The internet continues to spur innovation, creating new technologies, applications, and ways of doing things that enhance our lives.
It is important to note that internet access is still not universal.
Many people in remote or impoverished areas do not have reliable internet access, which can lead to a “digital divide” that exacerbates social and economic inequalities.
Become a broadband advocate. Consider stewarding your communities with digital literacy and device access.
Digital Inclusion 101 – National Digital Inclusion Alliance. National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Published June 5, 2023. Accessed July 27, 2023. https://www.digitalinclusion.org/digital-inclusion-101/