The internet has completely changed the way that we think, act, and react as a society. This is an obvious side effect of how widespread and useful it truly is.
The internet has changed the way that businesses are started, maintained, and how they advertise drastically. The internet has made it cheap for fledgling businesses to sell their product or service without actually having a physical store in a shopping center and they can advertise cheaply. Also, the consumer can now have products delivered to their doorstep and not be dependent on any one form of service as well as being able to buy anything everywhere.
The internet has also changed the way that we, as a society, interact by giving us the means to communicate with and give updates to our friends on what we are doing and how we are feeling constantly with websites such as twitter, Facebook, and myspace.
The internet has a huge resource for knowledge and ideas as well because it is so widespread. This can lead to teachers using ideas they found on the internet in their own courses, like we have seen in the sociology course, and we as students have unlimited, free knowledge at our fingertips.
The internet has also helped people learn more about the religions of the world, which is helping in break down the barriers of ignorance between religions. People can help one another learn about each others religions and get a more informed point of view and possibly convert for their own benefit.
But this is only how it is affecting us now. In the future, I predict that everything imaginable will be connected to the internet. What we do, what we eat, where we go, and many more important things will be updated constantly, giving people a precise idea of what we are doing at all times. Never again will people forget what they did, where they were, or have trouble finding where there friends are and are going.