The internet has dramatically increased the efficiency of our society. No long does a person have to reserve a specific hour out of their day if they want to get the news. One does not have to go down to town hall to get the forms to renew their driver's license. The term, 'surf the internet' used to mean aimless browsing to entertain one's self, and while it still makes up much of internet activity it's not the sole function of the internet. Much like in the early days of electricity, the internet isn't a survival necessity, but it is certainly a necessity to the continued progress of our society.