It wasn’t that long ago when the internet was thought to be a passing faze.
Sure it was an interesting idea but people would never give up their newspapers or library books would they? It wouldn’t matter to the general public would it?
The Today show in 1994 showed its hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble as completely clueless about the internet and email addresses, not even knowing what the @ symbol was.
That was not even 20 years ago.
I used to read the newspaper every morning. Now I get my news online from various sources. I often bring up a topic to my husband while he is still reading the paper beside me that he has not got to yet. Even with the morning news on in the background I have more information online faster than the t.v. is showing especially with the commercial breaks.
How many of you go online when you or a family member is not well to seek out clues and solutions before you go to a doctor?
A stack of cookbooks? They may look impressive in your kitchen but you probably head to the computer with your list of ingredients and choose from hundreds of dishes with mouth watering photos.
Decorating your home everyday or for holidays? Sure magazines have lots of ideas but the internet search you do will bring up the most creative ideas from around the world.
Where are you going on holiday? All your research can be done online along with reviews and even ticket bookings.
Genealogy is one of the biggest topics online with people connecting to their family lines everywhere. It is an industry in itself now with the most amazing old documents available from anywhere in the world. This type of information is especially near and dear to me since I became a genealogy researcher. I never would have gotten as far as I have with my research without the internet.
Online shopping? Oh ya! Store hours and locations, restaurant menus, music, books, advice, lessons, trivia, social media….oh don’t even get me started on that …Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and all the others. I-Phones and apps, digital cameras…….
Then there is blogging. What crazy wonderful thing is this blogging phenomenon? Anyone can write a “newspaper” of sorts, even me, and people will read it? You must be joking! I never would have believed that one. Mind you there are still some people who have no idea what a blog is. I KNOW!!!!!
Do we spend too much time on the internet. Sometimes yes but we also used to spend too much time in front of the television just staring at it. At least on the computer I am interactive with what I am looking at. I am searching, commenting, thinking, doing while pursuing and enjoying the information.