The age of the internet

2017-11-10 06:00
PHOTO: ARESHNI PERUMALKimaya Sookram says her smartphone is her best friend.

PHOTO: ARESHNI PERUMALKimaya Sookram says her smartphone is her best friend.

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FOUNDED in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau’s proposed hypertext systems, the internet is less than three decades old, Google is 19 and Facebook only 13.

These platforms serve an integral part of millions with many saying they would be unable to live without them.

Tariffs for their use have been a matter of national protests through “#data must fall” campaigns.

As the world observed International Internet Day on October 29, residents discuss how the internet impacts their lives.

Annesh Singh said he uses the internet for part-time lectures at the North-West University.

“We can conduct the lectures live with students via the university’s website, that’s easy and convenient. Otherwise for anything else I get my information from elsewhere. I feel the internet is dangerous.”

Karli Benade said her favourite app is Facebook.

“I like how it allows me to connect with friends and family I don’t see every day.”

Bhavna Sawram said she only uses the internet for professional reasons.

“I use it to connect with people on my professional network and I also look for jobs. I’m not really into the social aspect of it.”

Kimaya Sookram (7), however, says she cannot live without it.

“I love watching videos on YouTube and downloading games - it’s the best.”

The organisers of the Webby Awards, which are held annually to honour successes in the digital realm, recently released a study titled Internet or Die, which explores the effect of the internet on millennials (also known as Generation Y, aged between 18 and 34).

According to the NY Daily News contributing writer, Sharelle M Burt, the study showed that 85% of millennials, use the internet for shopping and 93% use smartphones in bed.

Eight out of 10 people surveyed admitted to taking their phone with them to the restroom with most men pass the time texting and playing games.

When it came to their careers three out of four adults surveyed said it was likely their jobs would be affected due to the advancement of technology.

Seventy seven percent worry that not being technologically savvy will make them less likely to be hired, 73% of women believe that technology will make their relationships less authentic and 71% of men agree.

However, 37% of adults believe technology advancements will allow them to build deeper relationships, and more than one-third of the younger generation admitted to having a relationship end due to technology or social media.

Overall 70% of adults said it was hard to avoid looking at their phone if it rings or vibrates, making it hard to focus on anything else.

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