The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Internet
The Internet is the global network that connects computer systems around the world, transforming how we live, work and play. The Internet is used by billions of people and it is a core part of our daily lives. It allows us to shop, pay bills, communicate with friends and family, access education, watch movies and TV, and do so much more.
The internet is made up of many physical cables that transfer data around the globe. These wires include copper telephone wires, TV cables and fiber optic connections. Even wireless connections like Wi-Fi and 3G/4G rely on these physical cables to function. When you visit a website on the Internet, your browser sends a request over these wires to a server where the website is stored. The server then retrieves the website and sends it to your browser in the form of data packets. The browser then reassembles the packets to display the website on your screen.
In the 1970s, this new network of networks began to take shape. Email was introduced, libraries across the country were linked and information exchange became more seamless thanks to a new system of networking called TCP/IP. By the 1980s, the Internet was in full swing and by the 1990s it had radically transformed the way we live our lives.
While the Internet has revolutionised our day-to-day activities, it also has some disadvantages. For example, using the internet can cause people to lose focus and patience which leads to unproductive behavior. The internet can also be susceptible to viruses and malware which can affect the health of a computer system. Another disadvantage of the internet is that it can make people spend less time with their families and friends and this can lead to mental and physical health problems.
With the advantages and disadvantages of the internet, it is essential for everyone to understand how it works. In this Twinkl tutorial, we will explore the workings of the internet to learn how it is able to provide a global platform that allows us to communicate and access data from any location in the world.