Is Internet making us poor ?

These days we are so used to looking for culprits of our problems. We just focus on the problems and highlight their causes. It’s high time that we change our attitude. Being professionals we must look for solutions and not for problems. On these lines I will say that Internet is a technology. We have ourselves built it and it completely depends on us as to how we use it. We can use it the way we want. So I don’t feel that we can put the blame on Internet for any of our problems. Thus in my opinion Internet is not making us poor in any way.

Let us firstly look at poverty from different perspectives:

1.      Financially

If we see the world GDP it has increased from 1.36 trillion dollars in 1960 (around the time when Internet came into picture) to 69.98 trillion dollars in 2011. Even from India’s perspectives the GDP has increased from 37.68 billion dollars to 1.85 trillion dollars.

The World Bank, which defines poverty as survival on less than $1.25 per day, says India reduced poverty from 60% of the population to 42% between 1981 and 2005.

Even though the figures are large, we need to look for solutions of financial poverty instead of focusing on the causes of the problem. And secondly atleast we are on a progressing trend.

On a brighter side, a report says that Internet i.e. e-commerce contributes 3.2% of Indian GDP.

2.      Psychologically

Earlier when internet was not there it was very difficult and time-consuming to connect with people. But internet has completely changed the picture. At the click of a button we can find like minded people having similar interests across the globe. We can easily share our ideas with each other over the internet. We can connect with long lost friends. We can make our own network of people as per our interests.  According to the theory of 6 degree of connection we are atmost 6 hops away from any person in this world !

It is said that all this has decreased the actual interaction between people. People are so happy in the virtual world that they ignore the real world. But we know that excess of anything can be dangerous. This is true with internet as well. It is our decision as to how to use and how much to use the Internet. Internet is just there, available as a big sea of everything. It is in our hands how to use it in the best possible way.

3.      Spiritually

Spiritually also we are much better off as compared to earlier days. Earlier people had on one to clarify their doubts. But today all types of questions from rebirth to reasons behind beliefs have an answer on the Internet. So today people need not live in the darkness of the unknown.

Thus I feel that it completely depends on us as to how we use the Internet. It is like a magical wand that is capable of doing both good and bad.

Image credits : Wikipedia

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4 comments on “Is Internet making us poor ?

  1. Very well written and insightful article. Fortunately, online communities such as wordpress can help fulfill all of the neglected areas you mention above. Thanks for your post.

  2. Balu says:

    Good one. Internet changed our lifestyle and it’s our responsibility on how we use it. I wonder what’s the next big thing after internet 🙂

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