The Internet has become central to modern life.
The web has altered daily life radically. It provides up-to-date information to enable people to make educated and informed decisions, including choosing among the products and services available online.
Because the Internet is always open, people can search for information, shop or find entertainment at any hour. They can learn to do almost anything or delve into almost any topic at the pace they choose. The Internet also enables people to customize products and services.
And this has deep impact on our lives.
“Constantly switching between phones, tablets, laptops and wearables could reduce our attention span and ability to focus on extended tasks.”
Therefore, let discuss further on the top 5 cost of living online
1. “Too Many Temptations”
Many people sit down planning to surf the Internet for a little while, but end up spending countless hours online. The vast number of websites which are specifically designed as an all hypnotic eye candy is too tempting to ignore.
Constantly giving in to temptation is routine online behavior, but it’s a bad habit. People who can fight temptation will be more successful in life in terms of such factors as “school grades, SAT scores, income, divorce rates and physical health” than those who regularly give in to temptation. Sometimes temptation can become a destructive addiction.
Three areas of the Internet can be particularly addictive:
- shopping; and
Some hardcore gamers spend 18 hours a day at play. Online catalogs and erotica can be equally addictive.
2. “Too Much Information”
The typical supermarket carries nearly 50,000 items; and that’s already a huge number of options to filter when you shop. But the Internet features far more, a seemingly infinite number of products in every category. And therefore, product reviews makes an awesome niche.
And products aren’t the only choices online, there’s other temptation.
You can find out what reviewers think of books, movies and virtually anything else you might subscribe to or buy.
This nearly limitless availability of different products and services often results in “choice paralysis.”
To deal with it, try these solutions:
- “Satisfice, don’t maximize” – Marketing’s primary message to consumers is no matter what the product or service is, you should always buy the best. Resist that message; don’t shop forever or consider everything. Be willing to accept a “good enough” choice. That makes selecting what to buy online much simpler. Always consider the pros and cons, make an educated choice and be happy with the choice you make.
- “Delegate choice” – Let professionals like travel agents make crucial decisions for you. For less-complicated choices, set up decision-making rules before you shop.
- “Decision tools” – Utilize “product-filtering tools” such as those that Trivago makes available, to narrow down your purchase options. For instance, you can filter hotel choices by cost or specific requirement.
3. “Too Much Customization”
The Internet allows customers to apply extraordinary customization capabilities to a variety of products and services. For instance, there are wallets and watches that can be customized to your liking.
This degree of customization has several drawbacks. For example, take the opinions you choose to consider. Since you can tailor your online associations, your choices can create echo chambers in which you hear only those other Internet users who hold the same attitudes. People often find that they’re congregating online only with like-minded counterparts. They stop hearing new ideas or learning new facts or facets of issues. Everything communicated to them matches what they’ve already been exposed to in the past. This inhibits creativity and analysis.
To avoid the echo chamber effect, open yourself to considering different thinkers, including people who hold contrasting opinions. Spend time on Quora, a website that enables people with different backgrounds and viewpoints to weigh in on various “hot-button questions.”
4. “Too Many Comparisons”
Facebook has more than one billion users. Each user has, on average, 200 Facebook friends, it has been liken to having 33 Millions people in a room.
If you are on Facebook, you may compare yourself with all of the other people with whom you’re in touch. This is what Facebook users do, as well as people on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Periscope and YouTube. The Internet is a giant, worldwide comparison machine.
Many of these comparisons are “upward social comparisons,” in which people contrast themselves with those who are doing better financially.
Such comparisons hurt.
When people present themselves to others on the Internet, they try to look as good as possible. Say that one person online presents one bit of positive personal information. Another follows with a better individual update, then the first person writes something more self-aggrandizing, and on and on. Communication online becomes “keeping up with the Joneses.” The costs associated with these billions of comparisons can be huge: and that includes envy, jealousy, covetousness and sadness. This in the long run lead to depression.
To deal with hurtful upward social comparisons, make some “downward social comparisons.” Compare yourself to people who don’t do as well as you. Downward social comparisons can make you feel thankful for what you have and who you are. “Fight…envy with gratefulness.”
5. “Too Little Privacy”
Whatever hits the Internet stays on the Internet, often forever. This information resides online in credit card databases, Google archives, Facebook servers and in the electronic vaults of the National Security Agency. Smart operators can try to access all of your online information to learn all about you so they can sell to you or steal your identity.
This only partially describes how today’s zone of personal privacy is shrinking dramatically.Internet service providers and governments now can record your text messages, even your phone calls.Data companies can combine this personal information with geolocation data from cellphone towers to trace your movements.
Facebook is even looking at a mobile app that would activate your cellphone’s microphone to capture the audio from TV shows or songs playing in your vicinity. The app could then annotate your Facebook status in real time. For example, it might indicate that you currently “are listening to the band Arcade Fire or watching Game of Thrones.” Do you want people to know that much about your activities all the time?
Many online organizations now post statements on their websites that outline their privacy policies. Review these statements from Facebook, eBay, Expedia,iTunes,and the like before you become an active user.Unfortunately,few people actually read them.Some online firms publish “privacy certifications” on their sites saying that they subscribe to the “best privacy practices.” You can modify your privacy settings on websites and on browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox – and thus increase your privacy protection. Another way to protect your privacy is to use the settings on your smart devices – televisions, computers, phones, cars and refrigerators – to prevent them from collecting data that then ends up in the hands of marketers.
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