No matter where you go in Canada, chances are good that almost everyone knows that the Internet has become an absolutely indispensable resource across the nation. While, sure, perhaps not everyone's lives revolve around going online, the reality is that the majority of Canadians use the Internet every day in order to make their lives easier.
These days, it seems like everyone's on the Internet, from consumers of all ages to celebrities. This is because the Internet has grown from a smattering of Web pages to an overarching platform on which people can accomplish things like shopping, connecting with family and friends and paying bills. There isn't a lot individuals can't do as long as they're armed with a solid Internet connection.
Parents still rule the roost, there's no question about it. It's mom and dad who decide bedtimes, pick out what's for dinner, set curfews and so on. However, at this point, especially because we live in such a connected, digital age, there's not a lot they can do to stop kids from going online.
For many people, music is a necessity. Some need it in the background to sleep, while others can't do work without having a good beat in their ears.
No matter whether you're a student brainstorming for ideas for a school project or an adult trying to come up with festive party theme ideas, the Internet is a great resource. Just by going online, people can find and speak to like-minded individuals and find new ideas on just about any topic. Online forums, websites like Reddit, question-and-answer pages like Yahoo Answers and many others can be of great service if you're trying to come up with something fun and innovative.
The Internet’s come a long way in the last 20 years. I remember having to coordinate with my parents’ phone call schedules so that I could jump online to MySpace or MSN Messenger with the revolutionarily high speeds of dial-up. If I was lucky, I could even get enough time online to download a couple of songs before someone picked up the phone and knocked me off my connection.
There are many reasons people take to the Internet these days. After all, almost anything can be accomplished online. Consider the fact that many utilities businesses allow customers to pay bills, students can do research for homework or projects, many employees can accomplish work tasks and so on.
These days, it's relatively rare to find someone who doesn't own at least one Internet-enabled device, from desktops to tablets to smartphones. After all, according to an early 2013 release from the Canadian Internet Regulation Authority, about 80 per cent of the Canadian population uses the Internet regularly, so the majority of those in the nation are connected.
While just a few decades ago, bullying meant taunts or pushing on the playground, it has taken on a while new life today. Now, kids can be vicious to each other using the Internet while remaining anonymous thanks to technology. That's not to say anything negative about kids going online - that's how they do research for projects, keep in touch with friends and family and so on. But they have to be aware that there are acceptable and unacceptable behaviours online.