Missing with Internet Access.
October’s Cyber Awareness Month was created not only to encourage us to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment, but also to show how far the cyber world has come. Ironically, our daily lives tend to be so engrossed in the Cloud that we have a month designated to remind us that it exists, do you think we really need it? Well, it’s plain to see that people are going “MIA” or rather Missing with Internet Access, in the sense that unfortunately people rarely communicate face to face anymore.
Between tweeting, posting, blogging, texting, emailing, chatting, IM’ing, or Skype-ing who really has time to hold an actual conversation in person anymore? Over 500 million people log onto Facebook everyday, and that is just ONE social network. Social media in general has truly changed our lives, and mostly for the better. Now relationships that exist thousands of miles apart can sense a better connection now more than ever. Also, those long lost friendships (or loves) can finally be rekindled and renewed. Plus, topics occurring in our daily lives can be discussed and shared not just between the official press.
Social media opened doors, but in the process closed other ones. People with Internet access are missing in action! Cyberspace is a complex amazing concept that has grown and developed over the years and brought great change. But we as people need to remember, we are people, physical beings who still need physical interaction and confrontation to create great relationships.
Americans today, on average spend up to eight hours a day in front of a screen based off the Council of Research Excellence study in 2010. In 2013, Americans aged 18-64 say they spend an average of 3.2 hours per day using social networks, according to new research released by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange. There are about 2 billion Internet users worldwide that use the Internet everyday.
With e-commerce we now not only go onto the cyber world to interact, but shop within the convenience of our home for just about anything, with the help of online banking to get us through, further eliminating social interactions.
Cyberspace has blended into our daily lives and the world is more interconnected today more than ever before. Because of convenience and demand, cyberspace will only grow as we move into the future. This month, be aware of how often you are connected with the cyber world, and be careful of the amount of security you have on it, because as the convenience grows, privacy will simultaneously decrease.
So what we can do with the cyber awareness month is be made aware how to balance the latest cyber world with actual life and be cautious of what we do and put on cyberspace.
Written by Ariel Campos.