It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a society to raise a generation. The millennial generation also known as ‘Generation Y’ is a generation with their birth years ranging from 1982 – 2002, in which their attitudes and values concerning how work relates to the rest part of life. People in this generation, though more religiously unaffiliated than previous generations often are just as likely to hold traditional views about spirituality as theirs elders. The millennial generation is incredibly technologically oriented as well, which may explain certain social traits they possess.
Millennials have grown up immersed in ever-evolving technology. They are typically very technologically oriented, especially when it comes to social networking phenomena such as Facebook and Twitter. This may also explain why millennials are constantly connected to their peers on social networking sites. It is a multitasking way of life for most millennials, who are often immersed in several forms of communications (such as email, instant messaging, texting) all at once. All these are possible through the use of the internet.
The internet is a global system of inter-connected computer networks that use the Standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies. The internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as inter-linked hypertext documents of World Wide Web (www) and infrastructure to support email.
The origins of internet reach back to the researches of the 1960s, commissioned by the United States government to build robust, fault-tolerant and distributed computer networks. The commercialization of what was by in the 1990s, an international network resulted in its popularization and incorporation into virtually every aspect of modern human life. As of June 2012, more than 2. 4 billion people- over a third of the world’s human population have used the services of the internet. The internet as so far being a blessing in disguise to the millennial generation.
Although, the internet can be accessed in so many ways but the most pervasive is through the computer. Millennials use the computer both for work and personal use. From researches made, eighty-three percent of millenials use a computer for work and spends about seventeen hours on it each week. One out of five millennials use their computers for work for forty or more hours per week. Millennials who spend time on computers for personal use range from five hours per week to thirty hours per week. The average is seventeen hours per week.
If these numbers are put together, it is something shocking. The average millennial spends seventeen hours per week on a computer for personal use. That totals thirty-four hours per week on a computer. That means that roughly one-third of millennials’ working lives are spent on computers. The internet provides access to a lot of information. Some of them are very useful in jobs and studies. Information can also be collated easily. Thus, the benefits of the internet are not far-fetched, likewise its disadvantages because it plays a part in our day-to-day activities.
Shopping is one very important thing but of course, everything seen cannot be bought and also not all shopping websites can be trusted. It is required to select what is to be bought, fill in some forms and click. With just a simple click, payments for goods and services can be done via credit cards which will transfer money from the buyer’s bank account. Nowadays, almost every bigger banks offer money-transfer than going to the bank. Transferring money by traditional means may take a lot of days.
Using the internet can do this in a few seconds. But most people fear the hackers. A hacker is someone who breaks into computing systems to damage it. He enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems of how to stretch their capabilities. This makes some people think that their money can easily be stolen by hackers. But it is not true because the internet has a very good protection which makes transactional codes practically unbreakable. Internet mailing is another very important aspect.
Mails when sent get to their destinations under few seconds. For instance, when a millennial wants to inform his relatives that live far away about an issue, he copuld just send them emails of course which is not only texts but movies and photographs inclusive. The Internet has now become the best business tool in the modern scenario. Today, it has brought the world in one single room. Right from getting news across the corner of the world to accessing knowledge resources to shopping, everything is at your fingertips.
The Internet has tremendous potential and a lot to offer in terms of services such as faster communication. The foremost target of Internet has always been speedy communication and it has excelled way beyond the expectations. Newer innovations are only going to make it faster and more reliable. Now, you can communicate in a fraction of second with a person who is sitting in the other part of the world. For more personal and interactive communication, you can avail the facilities of chat services, video conferencing and so on.