Why the Internet Changed My Life
A vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide; includes educational,governmental, social and other networks.
In today’s society, the Internet is used in a multitude of different ways. To research, to watch videos, to become informed on the weather or daily news, to connect with people from all over the world. For some, the definition provided above is a suitable one, but for me, the Internet is much more than “a vast computer network.” Let me explain why in two simple reasons.
It sounds cliche, but the Internet has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and reach out to people whom I never thought I would cultivate acquaintance with. Through social networks, Twitter more specifically, I have met so many different people from so many different backgrounds. I have placed myself in a community of people who share the same interests as me. In 2013, I joined Twitter for the sole purpose of being able to tweet some of my favorite YouTubers. Along the way, I met some pretty awesome people who supported the same people as I did and valued the same things I did.
And for those of you who think that the Internet is the most dangerous place in the world and you should never talk to strangers on the Internet, I will tell you that talking to strangers via the Internet was one of the best decisions I have ever made. (Side note: ALWAYS be careful when you are talking to people on the Internet. Never ever EVER give out your personal information.) As a matter of fact, I have gotten the opportunity to meet some of the amazing people I grew close with through the Internet. Internet friends are real. And they are just as important and valuable as the friends who are physically around you every day.
I have always been an extremely shy person. I was that kid who was too scared to put myself out there, always hid behind her mom when people tried to talk to me, and never EVER would’ve voluntarily shown off my talents to anyone. And I mean anyone. My family didn’t know I loved to sing until this past year. All of that changed last year. Through the Internet, I made an incredible friend who pushed me each and every day to put myself out there and showcase my singing abilities. I always refused, but one day I decided to go for it. I posted a video on YouTube and it blew up, thanks to said friend who gave me a little shoutout in one of his vlogs on YouTube. I never would’ve done that if it wasn’t for his encouragement and support of me.
In case you were wondering, that person is Joshua David Evans. He’s a YouTuber and he creates some awesome content relating to music, love, and life in general. He has always been an incredible friend to me. Posting that video and getting all of the amazing feedback and support opened so many doors for me. I finally had the confidence to pursue singing. I auditioned for choir at my school and I made it. I auditioned for the acapella group on campus and I made it. I have always wanted to pursue some form of musical performance, and the positivity I have been gifted through the Internet FINALLY allowed me to step out of my shadow and into the spotlight.
The Internet is a wonderful place full of wonderful people and opportunities. I have found a home in the people I have gotten the chance to grow close to and the community where I have placed myself in. I hope everyone finds their home, whether that be through some form of Internet connection or not. Surround yourself with wonderful people. I have chosen to do so and my life has been changed for the better.