Faster Paced Lifestyle
In modern culture, time is money. It seems like our life rhythm is becoming faster and faster every year. Unlike the majority of Easterners, Western people don’t seem to be able to sit, relax, and enjoy the present. They are always in a hurry trying to complete more, achieve more, and earn more. It is not surprising that fast food chains never seem to go out of business. It is also not surprising that distance education has become so popular.
You can drink your coffee, eat your hamburger or frozen meal, and read the lecture online at the same time. Even if you are health conscious, you will still benefit from online courses because you can do your homework while your homemade pot roast is cooking in the oven. Or you can log in to your classroom and read or reply to forum comments every time you have a free minute. You don’t have to drive anywhere, so you save tons of time and money on gas.
The majority of people who choose distance learning have full-time jobs, so they can study during their lunch break or when their boss is not in the office (not that I recommend that).
If you have an Internet-enabled cellphone, you can read a lecture or attend a classroom while waiting at the dentist's office, waiting for a bus to come, or while struck in traffic. You cannot beat the flexibility and convenience that online coursers offer. If you are a typical Westerner, these societal and cultural factors in distance education alone would make you choose online education over the traditional classroom setting.