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Importance of Internet

Just over a decade ago, the internet was seen by the general public as a fad or something in which only ‘computer geeks’ would have any interest. People showed a little interest but the internet seemed far from becoming anything of popularity.

These days, almost every adult and many children hold devices in their hands that are far powerful than anyone could ever have imagined back then and the internet is a roaring success. But has this technology, once considered a luxury, become so ingrained in everyday life that it can be considered something of an essential?

Is the Internet Now a Necessity?
In late January 2013, a court in Germany made the decision that a man whose internet access was disrupted could claim compensation from the provider as under German law the loss of essentials can be claimed in compensation – thus indicating that the internet is, at least in some countries, considered an essential part of life.

It is possible to live without the internet, of course it is and many people do so but the internet provides so many different services that could be considered to be vitally important for everyday life. While the internet is not considered perhaps as key to life as food, water, safety, warmth and light; it is considered a disadvantage if you do not have access to a device that connects to the internet.

Why is the Internet so Important?
For some people, the internet is an important way to communicate with others where face to face contact may be problematic for various reasons whether social or physical. It can be a lifeline for those with disabilities or those with the need for flexible working hours so they can work from home while caring for a relative. The internet is a vital part of working life for many people.
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