Discusses the effects of the internet upon society in the 21st century.

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The internet has changed the daily lives of Americans everywhere. The internet has factored into the lives of almost every American at one point or another in their lives. Whether it's due to faster communication, ease to research topics, or faster service when making a purchase, the internet has affected almost everyone.

The internet has revolutionized the way communications take place. No longer does someone even have to be awake to receive a message through email. Email has eliminated the need for a secretary in many instances. Also, email has allowed quick messages to be sent over long distances to notify something of a happening. Instead of calling someone and hoping they are home, an email can be sent and known that that person will receive the message. Also, email can help avoid high long distance bills by sending a message rather than calling up another person across the country to tell them the message.

The internet has also eased the research of some topics that may not always be readily available when wanted. Who won the World Cup in 1950? What is the top speed of an adult cheetah? How many different types of ivies are there? Who was the voice of Scooby Doo in the cartoon? These are but a few questions that can be answered quickly on the internet. The internet has taken a job that once involved going to the library, digging through five to ten books, and hoping the information is found down to a job that can take three to five minutes to search on the internet for the same information. The art of research has been changed forever by the internet.

The internet has also revolutionized the business world by speeding up the process of processing orders. Orders now take one to two...