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The Internet

On a typical day, it is estimated that more than 1 billion people access the internet. There are people who spend more than 16 hours a day on the internet. Today, it's getting increasingly difficult to find a company or a house in the city that has not a computer. The internet has made the computer a necessity of modern living. In fact, the internet has spawned multi-billion businesses and young billionaires. Imagine that the internet was just started about 15 years ago. Today, it is an indispensable part of many people's lives.

It's true that you can find almost anything on the internet. You can get instant information at your fingertips. Just go to any search engines like Google or Yahoo and type any topic you are interested in. You find pages of web links. There's so much information that probably you will not have the time to look through all of them. Who needs a library or a bulky set of encyclopedia when you can get more information from so many sources on the internet?

With the internet, many businesses are run on a single computer or laptop. Clumsy files stored in dinosaur cabinets are so yesterday. All documents can be stored in the computer. Files can be attached to your mails and sent to whoever you wish to share the information. Plus, access to the internet is so widespread now, you can be anywhere in the world and still run your business. For instance, a writer need not be based in an office anymore. He or she can be in Tanzania covering an event and within minutes of completing the story, it can be sent to the editor. This cuts cost and time. The internet has given rise to many people who run businesses from the comforts of their homes. Welcome the traveling business folks.

The internet also offers music or video download. Now, you don't have to go to a record store to buy an album by your favorite artist. You can download the songs for a very low fee or free on file sharing websites like Limewire or Kazaa. You want to watch an old movie you cannot find in the local video store? You may have a better chance finding it on a file sharing website.

For many years, we had been hearing about video conference. Now, it's already a reality. If you have a webcam, you can see a person halfway across the world if they also have a webcam. Voice conference allows you to talk to people like you are talking on the telephone. Only, it�s free! Though the quality is not as good as the telephone, it's just a matter of time before it becomes as good.

Purchasing on the internet is also getting more popular. You can buy practically anything on the internet. Want to buy a husband or a bulldog? Just do a little research and you will be spoiled for choice. There are probably more things on sale than consumers can ever demand and more are added all the same. What will we do without the internet? God knows.