Getting to know people from all over the world and sending them instant messages is no longer a dream. It has become a part of our daily routine since computer-based communication programmes were invented. However, people are starting to doubt that this dream was worth fulfilling.
It goes without saying that the invention of the Internet has greatly benefitted us. It has cut the distances between the people short and enabled us to meet people from other countries. Nowadays people living in different parts of the globe have a chance to become friends and learn about each other’s cultures. However, this type of communication entails certain risks. On realizing the anonymity of Internet communication some people create a completely new virtual identity which has nothing to do with their real personality. For them the Internet is a kind of escape into a better reality, where they are more successful. Needless to say, it is much more attractive than their daily routine and causes unhealthy addiction. Another risk related to the Internet communication is that it is a breeding ground for various scams who try to swindle Internet users out of their money using cunning schemes. Many people would say that telecommuting deserves special mentioning as it has given people an opportunity to work from home and make their working schedule more flexible. Nevertheless it also cuts both ways. It has deprived employees of personal contact with colleagues and forced them to look for other ways to satisfy their need for socializing.