5 Ways The Internet Has Made Me Better - In Every Way from Personal Relationships to Getting a Degree

I know this is quite controversial. A lot of people (me included) think the Internet can cause a lot of trouble in family life. I recently met a man whose wife left him after 'hooking-up' with her old sweetheart on Facebook.ways_Internet_has_made_me_better However,  I know that it's made me better in some ways. Here are some of the ways in which the internet has made me better from saving money on education to saving relationships.
People have been known to rant about their bosses on social networking sites; a stupid mistake which often lands them in the unemployment line. Admittedly, some kids spend far too long on the Internet, meeting dangerous strangers, or wasting time on violent games. All this being said, the Internet has its advantages too. I know that it’s made me better in some ways.

5 Ways The Internet Has Made Me Better

The Internet has made me better because I’m more careful about what I say to people
I always keep in mind that whatever I say on Twitter or Facebook etc, is there for the entire world to see (and stays there forever). Sometimes leaving a short message can sound blunt or rude, especially when in a rush to visit the next page - and the next.  Having to manage this daily, has made me better at expressing myself in few words.

The Internet has made me better because it saves me time
I do a lot of research for my articles and books. I used to spend hours at the library, or reading entire books just to get one piece of information. Having the Internet means that I can write with several windows open and search for exactly what I need. Of course this means that unscrupulous people can copy others’ work with abandon. I’ve had that done to me several times, but I think it's a small price to pay for the amount of time I save doing my reading/research with the readily available and accessible search engines.

The Internet has made me better because it saves me money
I know several of you will agree that buying on the Internet saves an absolute fortune. Not only can you get exactly what you want from the comfort of your living room, you can also snap it up significantly cheaper. Don't have a degree? No problem! You can get a degree online these days. I mean there are tons of benefits for a lot of people who can't really afford to leave their homes each day. The indirect savings of time, petrol costs – driving to stores and schools/universities, and frustrations of shopping, also considerably mount up.

The Internet has made me better because I can keep in touch more regularly
The Internet makes it fabulously easy to stay in touch with family, long lost friends, and colleagues. I’ve found several of my old friends by being on the Internet. My presence there has also enabled them to reach out to me. I don’t think this would’ve been possible otherwise. Not many people want to get involved in the long, drawn-out process pre ‘social-network’ entailed. I know, I don’t. The Internet keeps me in contact with my relatives who live far away. And for people who don’t get along with family members, the web keeps them close enough to maintain a connection, but far enough away so they can’t cause trouble (although some of them still manage to tick you off).

The Internet has made me better because it allows me to have a wider network
As writers and bloggers we know how crucial it is to maintain a large and healthy platform. Publishers value them, and so do potential colleagues. I can get my new blog post to a thousand people (potentially tens of thousands) in two minutes flat. Facebook, Twitter, Google buzz, Stumbleupon, Digg etc, are only some of the sites from where my creations can springboard to friends, fans, and fans of friends in minutes – literally!

How about you, has the Internet made you better in some ways? Do you think the positives outweigh the negatives?


Lisa Marie Miles December 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

I do think the positive outweighs the negative. As long as you're not neglecting your family, and you set appropriate restrictions for your kids, it's a great resource.
Great post!

The Desert Rocks December 15, 2010 at 1:07 AM  

Love your post. As someone who has serious goals about my newly finished novel--I can't believe all the time I waste reading blogs. What did I do before the internet? Oh yeah, I read the paper.

Judy Sheldon-Walker December 15, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

I love the connections I have on the internet, having made some wonderful friends, you included. It is also a giant library with so much information at our fingertips.
I could go on and on about why I love the internet, but you have covered it quite nicely. :-)

Anne Lyken-Garner December 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

Lisa Marie, thanks for your comment and welcome to my blog. Yes, I think you're right. If you don't set time limits kids would stay on the computer for as long as possible. We have set limits and still have to police it because they try to steal every extra minute they can have. :-)

Anne Lyken-Garner December 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

@ TDR, I'm exactly the same. I have several finished books, and while I'm waiting for my big break, I spend time on the Internet. Most of it is time well spent. You have to make contacts and communicate with people if you wish for them to return the favour.

@ Judy. Definitely. I used to think one couldn't make lasting or real friends on the Internet, but I was wrong. You can, and I have.

Blogger For Life December 18, 2010 at 5:30 AM  

My wife of ten years met someone on the internet in a chat room in 2001. It wasnt long after she was living with him several hundred miles away in Houston. After realizing the mistake she made after knowing him only for a short time she started calling.

I almost felt sorry for her. She was such a great girl that just happened to be easily manipulated. Even though it hurt really bad I wanted to give her a second chance, but the more I thought about it the less I wanted too. So eventually I decided not to. I just felt it would never be the same.

Oddly enough it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. It gave me more time to focus on my business endeavors online which have flourished since. I am glad it ended up with a happy ending, because at the time I felt like it was the end of the world.

Drew, Austin Tx

Anne Lyken-Garner December 18, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

Drew, that's awful. I felt just the way I did when I first heard of that similar situation I mentioned in the post.

How is it possible to walk out on someone with whom you have a good relationship, for the uncertainty of living with someone you barely know?

In the former case, the wife made contact with her old boyfriend from high school, but they had grown up and changed so much since then, that the relationship turned out to be a very unhappy one.

Keep working hard and smiling. I think you did the right thing in not taking her back. The trust is completely gone and every time she used the Internet you would've been wondering, 'what if...'

Good luck with your business and I hope you can move on with your life.

Blogger Broadcast January 3, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

The internet is a great resource for moms. As you know, it isn't always easy to run to the library to find how to(s), or research on a health issue. In sum, the internet is the best resource I have right now.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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