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10 ways the Internet has changed your life

Think your life would be the same without the Internet? Think again.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: August 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014

The Pew Research Center reported in January that 87 percent of the American public uses the Internet. But the Internet is not just something for Americans. Thirty-four percent of the world also finds its way online.

Companies like Facebook are aiming to bring Internet access to countries without it, looking to fix the so-called "digital divide,” National Geographic reported. And, the social network actually just launched an app in Zambia for that same reason.

But we sometimes forget what it is like to live in a pre-Internet age. Much of what we do now is different because of our ability to log onto the Web and be instantaneously connected to the rest of the world.

Here are 10 ways our lives have changed since logging online:

We're connecting with people across the world more easily.

The way we view friendships has surely evolved. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow us to connect with people who, in a pre-Internet age, we might not have known about. Sure, people have an average of 350 Facebook friends, according to a study from Statista, but how many of those friends would they keep up with and speak to if Facebook wasn’t there to act as the middle man?

We're receiving college degrees from the comfort of our own homes.

Going to class is a thing of the past for some. Online classes are the new thing, having jumped up in attendance by 96 percent over the last five years, Campus Technology reported. But more than that, a study by SRI International for the Department of Education found that those in online classes tend to do better than those who are in physical classrooms.

We're less patient.

The Internet can bring us information, entertainment and insight in a flash, although waiting time does vary. But is the quickness killing our patience? Discovery looked into this question and found that our society is no longer patient with things, which could have an outlasting effect on our growth and progression.

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