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The Couch Potato's Guide To The Internet

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Is there anything you can’t do on the internet nowadays?

According to recent figures, almost 2.5 billion of us now have access to the internet, with the world literally at our fingertips. This has completely revolutionised the way the world works and afforded the couch potatoes among us the ability to do so much from the comfort of their own seat.

Here are some of the things the internet allows you to do if you prefer to relax in your chair rather than going outside.

Order food
You can now do your weekly supermarket shop from the ease of your own home. Pick out what you want and choose a delivery slot that suits you, meaning you’ll never have to deal with check out queues again if you don’t want to. Plus, you can save your shopping list online so you won’t have to go through the hassle of writing a new one each time.

Many takeaway restaurants now accept orders online as well so you won’t even have to find the phone. Whether it is a 12″ margarita or a spicy vindaloo you are craving, the internet will help you find it. Now all you need to do is work out a way of answering the door without getting up…

Check your bank account
No matter what time of day you go to the bank it always feels like there is a queue…No problem, all major banks now offer internet banking where you can check your bank account online as well as a range of other services. In fact you could transfer money, set up a direct debit or even move funds into an ISA – all from the comfort of your own couch.

Book a holiday
Going to a travel agent is so 20th century – now the best deals are just waiting for you on the internet. Search price comparison sites or look into booking your hotel and flights separately; you’ll cut out the ‘middle-man’ fees and have a clear breakdown of exactly what you are paying for.

See a gig
Yep, even the revered world of live music can now be broadcast over the internet straight into your home. YouTube are increasingly streaming gigs in real time, with this year’s Bestival shown over the internet as it happened along with Florence + the Machine’s recent Albert Hall performance.

Speak to your friends
The internet provides a free and excellent way to keep in touch with friends from all around the world. Research shows that 92 per cent of us read or send an email when we go online so it has never been easier to catch up on the latest gossip from the comfort of your couch.

In fact Skype provides an even better way to keep in touch, providing couch potatoes with free video calls over the internet to anyone in the world. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter also provide a sociable way to find out what is happening in your friends’ lives.

Catch up on news
Newspapers tell yesterday’s news whilst online news sites allow you to find out what is happening that very second, with breaking stories continuously posted and updated as events unfold. Indeed, you could end up being one of the most up-to-date people in your town without leaving the comfort of your own couch.

What do you do online when you are camped out on your couch?

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The author of this article is a part of a digital marketing agency. The content contained in this article is for information purposes only and should not be used to make any financial decisions.

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