The internet, once only used for defense and scientific purposes, is now widely used by people around the world for an ever-increasing set of tasks. For example, the internet has become a great way to conduct ecommerce. Business models such as those of Amazon and Ebay have profited enormously from this possibility by allowing users around the world to bid on, or purchase, particular products from the comfort of their own home. This also often allows customers to cut out the middle men in purchasing certain custom made or rare niche goods.
Besides electronic commerce, internet has paved the way for social networking services such as MySpace, primarily used by a younger demographic, Facebook, which is popular among college students and older individuals, LinkedIn, a very important tool for professionals, and innumerable others. These services use the internet to allow people to stay in touch in spite of the vast distances that might physically separate them. In some cases, you can even be in the same room and play games on such social networking sites. Regardless, the door is open to a lot of social networking possibilities.
The internet has also meant a great boon for video games. Games like Halo are great fun, but without other people to play them with, they become dull over the course of time. You can’t beat the same level 20 times and continue to have the same amount of enjoyment which you had when you first pulled it out of the box. Internet gaming through services on consoles such as the Xbox 360, the Wii and the Playstation 3 have allowed users to connect with and challenge other like minded users around in the world in bouts of friendly competition or cooperative play – once again, without having to leave the comfort of their own respective houses.