Why would I want a domain name?

I know it sounds like a silly question but the truth is I have no idea why I would want a domain name. Please educate me and tell me exactly what I could use a domain name for (e.g. asdfghj.com). For example how could someone send an email to me at patrick@asdfghj.com) What would I have to do to achieve such a thing?
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cforantConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Plenty of reasons to choose you own domain name.  
  -You desire a unique name
  -For a marketing purpose
  -Maybe you plan on building a website
  -etc.

If you desire to build a website, there are plenty of Hosting companies that offer $5 a month hosting and a domain name for a few bucks a year.  That is your best bet.

Once setup witht he hosting company, they typcially offer you unlimited email addresses you can access via your pop client (outlook, outlook express, etc.)

If you don't want the website, just buy a domain from someone that offers email forwarding and setup to forward to your current email address.

-Craig
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
Craig,

Thanks for that. In truth I would only really like email forwarding and a domain name so that I can have a more intuitive email address. I don't have a need for a website.

Patrick

p.s. I'll wait to see if others come up with anything more on the matter.
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
Craig,

Thanks for your input, I shan't be buying a domain name as it's not worth the money. My current email address is perfectly good enough.

Patrick
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