It seems every individual spends a great deal of their time looking for a
way out. Whether it is because they just need some time away or are just
incredibly tired of their status in life everyone at some point feels they need to just
escape. Now through technology most individuals need to look no farther than
their own computers and network of possibilities that is the internet. The illusion
of actually being able to go somewhere else is very appealing. The internet
allows people to ‘meet’ others like themselves, to research almost any topic ever
written about, or to play entertaining games. The term ‘cyberspace’ was coined
because the illusion is so convincing that people become under the impression
that they are in another place that extends past the monitor sitting in front of
them. Some seem to visit cyberspace from time to time while others are so drawn
to it they become almost addicted. Either way the attraction is there and because
of that people always seem to find their way back.
The ability to talk and interact with people that otherwise would be
impossible conventionally holds many possibilities. The internet has become a
virtual matchmaker. Lonely people can reach out and find others with the same
interests, hobbies, and goals without actually leaving their houses. This a very
cheap alternative to dating. Chatting allows people from different walks of life and
even from ifferent countries the opportunity to get to know one another and form
good friendships. Existing friendships where friends live on other sides of the
country can talk to each other without having to deal with huge long distance
charges on the telephone. People need other people and the internet provides
one of the best ways for people to communicate.
Another of the most appealing features of the internet is that individuals
who aren’t happy with their station in life can assume the persona of anyone they
can imagine. When the chances that someone will ever meet whoever they are
talking to are so slim there is little chance of being caught lying. In a way this
makes the internet a masquaread ball where no one ever has to unmask. Anyone
can become someone totally different or just add one some impressive details to
their personalities. It seems very tempting to imbellish a little and tell a few white
lies when the only one who know the truth is the one making them up. Whether
someone chooses to be themself or someone else there is always someone else
out there willing to talk.
The enormous amount of information on the internet is beyong anything
that can be found in a mere library. Virtually anyone can log onto the internet and
any information is abailable to them. It is hard to grasp just how much knowledge
is there and it spans from growing flowers to building explosive devices. No
matter how much someone tries to learn or discover there is always something
new around the corner. Someone can sit down and research any topic imaginable
and it could take days to exhaust all of their sources.
When the average person just needs a distraction the internet is a good
and usually healthy alternative to drugs or alcohol. Most people can’t afford a trip
to the Bahamas, so the internet is a sensible way to get away if only for a little
while. There is always something to do or somewhere to visit and the illusion that
people can go somewhere else lets people visit new and exciting places.
till hasn’t even begun.