In Today’s world of computers, the internet has become part of ones regular vocabulary. The internet is everywhere, in the news, the newspaper, magazines, and entire books are written on it regularly. Its growth rate is incredible, increasing by about 10% every month (Dunkin 180). This rapid growth rate could either help the system or destroy it.
The possibilities are endless on what can be done on the internet. People can tap into libraries, tap into weather satellites, download computer programs, talk to other people with related interests, and send electronic mail all across the world (Elmer-Dewitt 62). It is used by thousands of different kinds of people and organizations, like the military, businesses, colleges and universities, and common people with no specific purpose to even use it (Dunkin 180). Phillip Elmer-Dewitt stated it perfectly, “It is a place for everyone.”
The rapid growth of the internet has many positive aspects to it. The new technology that is developing with this rapid growth will help keep computers up to date with what is being developed on the internet. With these technological advances, systems will be faster, more powerful, and capable of doing more complicated tasks. As more people with different interests, thoughts, and ideas get involved with the internet, there will be more information available (Elmer-Dewitt 64). As the number of internet users increases, the prices will gradually decrease on internet software and organizations (Peterson 358). The best quality about the size of the internet is it is so big that it cannot be destroyed (Elmer-Dewitt 62).
There are many problems with the constant growth of the internet. It’s largest weakness is that it is not owned or controlled by anyone (Elmer-Dewitt 63). There is no base plan for the future of the internet (Dunkin 180). As it grows in size, there is less control of the system. Many groups are fighting for censorship, but that is in=impossible with the size of the internet (Peterson 358). With more sites and pages being added to the internet, information is becoming harder to find, and it getting more difficult to find your way around. There are also problems just like “any heavily traveled highway, including vandalism, break-ins, and traffic jams. It’s like an amusement park that is so successful that there are long waits for the most popular rides.” (Elmer-Dewitt 63).
Right now, no one knows what direction the future of the internet will take. The future of the internet will be determined by whether the growth is just a trend or if it will keep growing and technology will keep up with it.