I don’t remember exactly how and when this household upgrade happened. From that day on, however, things began to change.
In the beginning, the connection was slow, clumsy, and no one in our family had an idea what you can do with this “portal.” Googling stuff still wasn’t popular and besides downloading mp3s from not so trustworthy forums, we didn’t do much with this innovative possession.
Things obviously changed since then. Thanks to search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo, the internet is a bit more organized.
We don’t know. But at least we can find what we’re looking for fast.
And here’s where it gets interesting: What to search for?
The front page of Google is a simple search box. That’s it. There is no “recommended resources” page nor a “start here” button – the sections most sites nowadays posses.
You just go there and you somehow should supposedly know what to do and what to search for. But even if you’re not sure what to type, answers appear. Links with resources. Pictures with diagrams. Videos of people who seem to know more than you do pop-up and try to persuade you to buy something from them that will magically make you mega rich and famous.
Clearly, online, there’s an answer for everyone and for everything.
So, this should mean that we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of what we know and what we can learn? That we’re primarily visiting sites that are helping us to improve, right?
That’s what I thought as well.
After all, inside this endless online vortex, you can find incredible sources of information and knowledge. Insights that can save your soul from financial debt and mental misery.
Sadly, that’s not what we are looking for when we surf the virtual world.
The average internet user searches for the following things online:
What these results can tell you?
That most of us are using the web the wrong way.
Out of the 1,200 petabytes of information, we choose to indulge ourselves in quick-cut videos, filtered photos, pointless arguments, and an endless stream of food selfies.(2)
Instead of learning and improving our craft, thanks to sites like Twitter and Facebook, we spend most of our time involved in pointless conversations that can only raise our heart rate.
And instead of starting a project, learning how to invest, or trying to learn a new skill, the vast majority of our time online is consumed by shopping – i.e. spending our money instead of figuring out how to make more money.
Not that taking some time off and enjoying a nice chat online is inherently bad. It becomes bad when what you do all day is discussing others behind your back. Spending your days playing video games. Picking up fights with others in forums and downloading (and installing) zip files from sites that promise to make you a dropshipping god!
The internet offers much more than that.
Fewer and fewer people are going to colleges and are embracing online education instead. These people understand the potential of this massive library of knowledge and use it to achieve their goals.
However, without proper guidelines, without a clear idea of what you want to do, the internet becomes a distraction. An evil force that distances you further away from what you said you’d become when you were in first grade.
I mean, instead of becoming an astronaut or a pilot – or simply a rational person who understands that reading a book occasionally is a good thing – you grow up to become a vivid internet consumer with a splintered attention span who is regularly zoning out when watching videos of people dancing and singing.
My goal in this course is to show you how through a couple of easy steps, you can use this great (free) source of knowledge to improve in the areas you want to excel. Make your Wi-Fi connection an ally – not an enemy – that will help you gain from the free knowledge shared online. And also, understand how to prevent the internet from sabotaging your existence.
If you’re ready, let’s start with Lesson #1:
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Here you can see a list of the most visited websites in the US (and Worldwide) in 2020: LINK. Yes, our search habits are disturbing.
The online world is always expanding. Recent estimates say that the major online companies store more than 1,200 petabytes of info.