The five whys of why you like the internet?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

The five whys of why you like the internet.

Now this might need some explaining. Toyota apparently run a lot of their business on the theory that simply asking why once isn’t enough. If I say “my car will not start” and you say, “why” and I say “the battery is dead” then you may be left with the impression that the battery is at fault. But apparently this is all wrong. Here’s a sample conversation from wikipedia:

My car will not start. (the problem)

1. Why? – The battery is dead. (first why)
2. Why? – The alternator is not functioning. (second why)
3. Why? – The alternator belt has broken. (third why)
4. Why? – The alternator belt was well beyond its useful service life and has never been replaced. (fourth why)
5. Why? – I have not been maintaining my car according to the recommended service schedule. (fifth why, a root cause)

Crazy huh? Well anyway. I want us to do the same for why we like the internet. The point is not to list five things that you like about the internet, but to go deeper each time into whatever you said in the previous answer.

Hopefully my answer will help you with yours.

Here’s my answer:

1. Why do you like the internet? – Because it is an amazing communications tool.
2. Why do you like that? – Because it lets you sometimes talk to everyone, and sometimes just focus on one person.
3. Why do you like that? – Because I can find my friends and talk directly to them and make new friends by talking to lots.
4. Why do you like that? – Because communication is at the heart of us all and I don’t know my neighbors.
5. Why do you like that? – Because it far more likely you’ll meet people you like if you use the whole world (rather than your road) as your starting point.

So what are your five whys of why you like the internet?

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