Have you ever thought about how life has changed since the Internet came on the scene? There are scores of things people do differently today than they did before high speed broadband came along. Here are a few thoughts about how the internet has enriched the lives of people all over the world.
Ever wish you could go back and finish that degree? Before the internet came along, returning to college was a huge commitment of time and resources. Now, however, you can attend accredited classes online at hundreds of prestigious universities. Both undergraduate and advanced degrees can be attained right over the internet.
Perhaps you've never had the opportunity to visit The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, The Louvre in Paris, or The Hermitage in St Petersburg. That has all changed now because you can go online and take virtual tours of these great museums -- and thousands more.
Perhaps after visiting The Louvre online, you decide you must see it in person. The best deals for airline tickets can be found by visiting travel sites that compare the prices of all the airlines.
Of course, all your reservations can be made right online. These include airline, hotel, car and even dinner reservations. While you're at it, you can check exchange rates and purchase your travel insurance --- all with a simple click of the mouse.
Not sure where to stay? You can read customer reviews for practically every hotel in Paris.
You can read the comments from other travelers and find not only the best hotels for every budget, but also delightful sidewalk cafes, the best tours of the city, the optimal time to visit the Eiffel Tower, or the most romantic restaurants.
Not only can you now watch movies and television shows on-demand on your computer, you can also use the internet to read reviews of films, plays and restaurants. Wonder if that independent book store you wanted to visit is open on Sundays? Find it online. Is that new movie worth seeing? Check Roger Ebert's review --- or read the review in New York Times or LA Times.
You can listen to radio stations all around the globe. Heard a new song you like? Go to a download site, purchase it, and have it your computer in minutes!
Taking care of routine financial matters is much easier since high speed internet access came along. Now you can go online, check your bank balance and pay your bills right online. You can also manage your stock portfolio, which includes buying and selling stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments right on the internet -- usually for a very low fee.
Oops! How do you get grape juice out of a white tablecloth? One word: Google! Want to know how to install tile on your bathroom floor? Again, just go online and you'll find step-by-step instructions in no time.
Perhaps you are expecting dinner guests this Saturday evening and don't know what you are going to prepare. The internet has thousands of recipes for every dish you might imagine. You can find recipes for simple down-home cooking, elegant gourmet fare, and dishes from every nation of the world. Within minutes you can find not only the recipes, but step-by-step photo instructions on preparation.