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I can miss food but not my time online

Forty years after it was born, is Internet a boon or a bane for you?

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2009 01:31 IST

Internet is a boon and not a bane for me. As a banker I find it a very useful tool.

Internet is a revolution and as a freelance sports scribe I make use of it in the best way possible.

With the help of e-mail, banks can give wide publicity to their clientele overseas by giving a gist of the new schemes.

In the olden days it was said that marriages are made in heaven, but in today’s age marriages are fixed through Internet. Bharat Matrimony, Tamil Matrimony etc provide excellent information about the would-be brides/bridegrooms in the best way possible.

Social networking sites like Orkut are a great way to reconnect with those you have lost touch with. Internet is a catalyst through which you can find good job opportunities.

As a senior citizen I sit in front of my computer for hours and browse www.cricinfo.com, www.cricketnirvana.com to know the latest in the cricketing world.

Internet is an integral part of my life. I can miss my breakfast, lunch or dinner but not valuable time on the Internet.

C.K. Subramaniam

Speed has drawn people to the internet

Contributing to the media by way of writing a letter would have taken days to reach the editor’s desk. But now it’s a thing of the past.

Since the birth of the Internet 40 years ago, the world seems to have shrunk to a smaller place to communicate and interact. The dwindling post and telegram business due to consistent use of Internet may have deprived postmen their jobs.

Speed and accuracy have prompted people to switch to the Internet. With the availability of advanced technology one can instantly correspond with one and all in any corner of the world. The Net serves multiple purposes like appearing for online exams and interviews, ticket reservations etc.

It would be extremely difficult to think for a moment of living without the services of the Internet.

Deepak Chikramane

It’s our link to the world

Each medium, has its own merits and demerits. Technology will keep getting advanced, it depends on to what use we put its different forms of media.

The Internet helps us in connecting to the whole world. You can chat, send e-mails and update your information. But there should be a limit to everything.

Children sometimes get trapped in a bad network of friends at an age when they should concentrate on studies.

Shraddha Pande

A day without going online? Impossible

The Internet has played a very significant role in shaping my life and the way I think.

Surviving without the Internet for even a day is an impossible prospect. Internet has evolved over the years with the introduction of applications like Google Earth. Searching for jobs, blogging, reading e-books, listening to music are just some of the things one can do.

Such is its importance that even political parties have started connecting with the youth via Internet.

Abhishek Shenoy

We criticise the Net by posting views online

Dr Shreeraj Talwadekar

For me the Internet has been more of a boon than a bane. Once your laughs change to LOLs and ROTFLs, you know you have spent enough time online. The biggest gift Internet has given us is search engines.

Its best part is that it caters to the needs of all. Gossip for girls, mischief for boys, study for nerds and even totally useless junk for others. People can now talk with their family members who live miles away easily and at a much cheaper rate. One doesn’t need to start his own mouthpiece to express his opinions anymore. People get news on the go and can keep up with the ups and downs of the stock market.

Cynical people point out the dark side of the Internet criticising pornography and gambling and ironically post their views on the Internet itself. These things were present even 40 years ago. Cyber crimes, Trojans, terrorism and piracy arise out of shortcomings in the efforts to control them.

Internet has helped me a lot, and it certainly has more virtues than vices if used properly.