15 May Fun Monday – The benefits of getting online
The web opens up a world of information, and given the rapid growth in mobile and tablet devices, is more than often used on the move. These are just some reasons to get online.
Talking to friends and family
You can exchange messages with friends and family - this can be through email, or more likely these days through social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp or SnapChat - to name just a few.
Meet people who share hobbies / interests
You can meet new people who share your hobbies and interests - this can be through websites, email groups and also social media groups too. This is a great way of talking to like minded people online, from all parts of the country and around the world!
You can also obtain information about any given topic - the web has a wealth of information, and you might have heard of Wikipedia as a typical information site. The web is great for this, but of course, as its so open, don't always believe everything you read.
Catch up on the latest news
You might want to read newspapers and magazines - most big news sites will offer free access e.g. BBC. Some will offer areas of the site which will require you to register or pay a subscription.
This allows you to manage your finances and bank accounts - you can transfer money between accounts, pay bills, check your balance all at the touch of a button.
Book travel online
The world is your oyster and with the web you can explore it all from the comfort of your living room. Get online to plan your journeys and book travel tickets - you can find some great deals online by shopping around different websites. You can also book trips with different operators to get a great price. Some websites will do this for you.
Listen to radio stations
You can listen to radio stations from all over the world. If you get bored with your local radio station, why not tune into a station in America or down under in Australia. The web offers immediate access to these sites plus will also tend to have the latest news from that area
Watch recent TV programmes. A lot of popular TV stations have playback, catch up or on demand facilities. This lets you see shows that have been broadcast in the last week, month or longer.
You can shop for food, clothes, or practically anything, without leaving your home.