Is the Internet e-commerce making us lazy?
The internet can offer so much for the convenience of people. It is already part of everyday living to many around the world, it’s become a necessity in our day-to-day life just like our other utilities such as Water and Electric. Its changed the way we live our day to day lives, and it seems that it involves around the net, we communicate via the internet, email, phones, socialize, shop, you name it, it can all be done online.
Advertisers online and e-commerce companies are gaining so much while other offline companies are losing sales due to flexibility of the Internet. Just like what’s in the news at the moment about record companies losing millions of dollars due to tracks being downloaded illegally. There was a time, when the only way to buy tracks was to go to an audio store and buy a CD or Cassette, but now not only can it be bought online, but users have found a back door to get it free online.
The hope of staying up to date with these fast paced changes online began the emergence of ecommerce sites merging that gave so much aid to us and boosted several industries around the world. However, it also slows down some businesses or even got them closed due to competitors and consumers all moving online. Some affected industries are software development, shopping and traveling industries.
With the Internet being what it is, its improved global communication, with technologies such as Skype, Google Talk, Chats, it means that it minimizes the traveling cots. No need to drive a few blocks away if you can buy online or pick up the phone and speak online, no need to fly across the global just to discuss business with someone and no need to go to libraries just to do research. One can experience all of this and more online at the comfort of ones home.
Travel industries are some of those mostly affected by the rapid changes in the web world. There are so many ecommerce sites now that prevent a person to travel from one place to another. There are maybe few travel agencies that are making giant profits from ecommerce sites via online booking; hence they are those who are already popular brand names, the big travel companies have dominated their industry causing many small agencies to work locally or even close down due to cheaper costs online.
Almost everyone preferres looking first online because they have more options to choose from. They can also query the ecommerce sites with as many questions they want because systems do not have patience issues like humans. Many preferred exploring the net rather than facing sales representatives on stores, as they can surf and find the product in their own time, without being sales talked into it.
On the other hand, there are few reasons why a person travels. First, vacations. Second, business travels. Third, emergency needs. The third is inevitable, hence, the first and the second points sometimes are prevented due to other entertainments and advancements that e-commerce can give. Why travel if you can just shop gifts online for your loved ones and give them a video call? Although, presence is greater yet some think more practical. Why also travel if business conferences and web trainings can be done online in so many ways? Instead of buying costly tickets, spending big amounts on hotels and venues, many businesses are now automating transactions just to reduce cost.
Do you feel the Internet has made you lazy or has it improved productivity and efficiency in your business and your day-to-day chores?
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