The internet has been an important source of information for individuals and families since it became widely available several decades ago. But it was the availability of broadband access to the internet which has been one of the most important developments in the ability of people to quickly search for and find information about their well-being.
In many cases just being able to read about issues which are affecting a person or a member of their family often brings an enormous sense of relief as they discover they are not alone.
I am the editor-in-chief of SelfHelpMagazine which has been described as “The Internet’s most trusted self-help & psychology portal.” In the days of dial-up access online magazines such as SelfHelpMagazine had to be almost entirely text-based with few (if any) graphic elements.
Anyone who remembers wading through a college text late at night understands how quickly the words seemed to dissolve into a sea of grey.
It seems like a small issue, but the ability to add graphic content to an online magazine helps the reader better understand what he or she is reading. It also allows them to keep their concentration longer so that the value the author was trying to impart to the reader has a far better chance of success.
Broadband also allows any person to be able to get the benefits of an important source of information like SelfHelpMagazine from anywhere in the world without regard to day of the week, or time of day.
Another benefit of broadband is in continuing education – especially in the areas of science and medicine – where new developments are occurring and being reported every day. An interesting example of using broadband in a professional certification setting is the Center for Online Counseling and Psychotherapy.
The COCP is world’s first and largest professional training center to offer multiple certification programs for online counseling and online therapy. Prior to the advent of broadband, professional counselors and therapists needed to take time away from their practices and families and travel to a central site at a specific time to renew or enhance their certifications.
I have every confidence that broadband will soon bring the type of Internet connection needed for clients and patients seeking support, guidance, and treatment for mental health professionals. While that day is not yet here, broadband brings us the hope that it is on the horizon.
Too often when we think of broadband we think of iTunes. Broadband is much more than that: It is a technology which provides real help to real people in real time.
These are some of my thoughts. What are yours?