Boy I must be getting old… I can just picture my future son or daughterÂ responding in disbelief: “You mean when you were a teenager, the internet never even existed???!!”. Its funny just how rapidly the internet has infiltrated our lives. We communicate with the internet (email, chat, forum posts, blogs) instead of the old fashioned ways (conversations over the telephone and in person); we do our banking online; we buy and sell online; we make new friends online; we learn new things online; we watch “television” online (youtube videos); we get the latest news and weather online. In other words, we essentially work and play online. A quick look at your favourites folder conveys some sense of the reality.
What people did before the internet ever existed? When we had to write an essay or a homework assignment, it meant a trip to the library (at the university, school or local council library). Or your family wasÂ lucky and your home had a full-colour encyclopaedia set!Â Neither computers nor colour printers were around, so you had to stick pieces of paper with glue… hence the expresson “cut and paste”. I’m sure that phrase has been lost on the current young generation!Â Information simply could not be accessed almost instantly like it can today. We played outside, soÂ there was more chance of being exposed to sunlight for one thing… life, in short, was simple.
I for one would like to see an annualÂ “world without internet day”. What do you think about that?