The benefits of the internet: instant communication in many ways

One of the biggest benefits of the internet is that it gives us many, very quick ways to communicate.

In the digital age, the internet has become a very important tool for communication. Technology and the internet give you many options to keep you informed of what is going on in the world, or to talk with family and friends who live near or far from you, from the comfort of your home. These are just a few forms as the internet connects us faster and faster:


Video-calls: no need to be in the same place to see your family and friends in real time and feel closer to them. Now you can make a video call through an application on your cell phone, computer or tablet to any part of the world and see the person you talk to, while she sees you. Also, as this service works over the internet, you get virtually free when you are connected to broadband internet from your home. Remember that video calls use a lot of data online, so it is not recommended that you connect using the internet of your cell phone as it can generate extra charges to your phone account.

  • Facetime
  • Skype
  • Google Hangouts
  • Viber
  • OoVoo

Instant messaging: it is very easy to be in touch with family and friends anytime without a call. Text messages are an easy way to communicate. The use goes from sending an important message, to holding a conversation of hours with other people. With your cell phone, you can send text messages without having to be connected to the internet, although sometimes the price is high if we send many and your plan has limits. With a fast internet connection you can download several applications that will allow you to send unlimited messages, create groups with several users at once, send photos and videos, even drawings made by you on your cell phone. Here are some of the most popular applications:

  • Whatsapp
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Kik Messenger
  • Skype

Social networks: These online communication channels allow us to create and share ideas, videos, photos, and more, with close to us or with strangers around the world people. Social networking is one of the best ways to stay in touch with our family, with old and new friends, and communities based on particular interests. In addition, they have different functions and objectives that we can use and adapt to our tastes and needs. Take advantage of the internet and try these popular networks:

  • To share photos, videos and personal ads with acquaintances or strangers: Facebook, Instagram , Twitter , Google+, Tumblr
  • For talks with acquaintances or strangers:
  • To discuss current situations like news or entertainment: 9Gag and Reddit
  • To share interesting, informative, or fun videos: YouTube
  • To broadcast live from anywhere in the world: Periscope
  • To find and share information on crafts, beauty, cooking, and much more: Pinterest
  • To meet people with common interests or professional purposes: LinkedIn and Meetup
The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.