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Nov 5, 2011

HOW HAS THE INTERNET CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…….

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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!!!!!

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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.

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15 comments:

RobinfromCA said...

My airport card is failing and getting on-line is spotty right now. How has the internet changed my life? I feel as if I'm missing an appendage. Aaack! Gotta get this fixed and soon!

Robin

Kathleen said...

Can't live w/o it. But it does take up too much time when I should be outside!

Kathy Reed said...

I just got back from a meeting of the Technology Interest Group for our genealogy society. You just helped me realize how quickly things have totally changed. I enjoyed your post.

Diane said...

Fantastic post and so true. I know my own way of living has changed. I have my own business and no longer take cheques from clients - they pay me online, I pay my bills on line, everything pretty much online with me now. No paper trail, everything stored on a little stick. Makes my life so much easier. Diane

Teacher's Pet said...

I watched the video you posted....and am amazed at how much we've learned and how far we've come. Hard to believe that was 1994...seems like a conversation that could've taken place 50 years ago. Thank you for sharing that video....
I use the internet all the time...technological advances are amazing. Buy a computer....it's outdated before one can get it set up. Same thing applies to cell phones/smart phones. Amazing progress.
I love this blog post. Great job!!!
Hugs,
Jackie

MiMi said...

It's so amazing how fast things have evolved with technology...why...I remember back when Al Gore first invented the internet!
;)

Kasia said...

SO true, Im guilty of all of these :)

Hugs,

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I certainly had more of a life before I started blogging and joined Facebook! Sometimes I wonder what I used to do all day.

Anonymous said...

I like this and would like to share it on Twitter (if you Tweet). Do you have a twitter ID Also could not find your facebook page address Thanks! Cynthia

@liebermanc

Rusty said...

Many say the printing press was probably the most important development in human history. I suspect future history will rank the internet (or whatever it develops into) will be of equal or even greater importance. Total instant (almost) communication of the written word, pictures, and sound anywhere in the world - to millions of minds seeking knowledge and friendship. ATB!

Impulsive Addict said...

You are so right. It's amazing how things have changed in a short amount of time. So, just think how different technology will be in 10 years from now...or even 5! In 20 years, what we're doing now will seem "outdated". That's what freaks me out.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I remember back when the internet was first introduced to classroom teachers and we all just laughed and said, "who would bother to use this". Well, we certainly were wrong!

Thanks for visiting me this morning...I would love to put my etagere on the counter like you did...love that look...but it is too tall. Darn!

Nezzy said...

I'm sayin....

There was a time when I was asked a question I might say I did not have the answer. Now an answer to anything is right at our fingertips. I Goggle it!!!

Our world has truly changed before our very eyes!

God bless and have a beautiful day sweetie!!! :o)

Life with L said...

Well, where do I start? I met my husband online....I would go absolutely crazy if our Internet was down....I do so many things online.
It's amazing how far we have come. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing.
I am your newest follower. I hope you follow me as well. Looking forward to your visit. Enjoy the week-end. Linda

Jo's This and That said...

Nice Post! Love the internt! How did we live with out it? Wish we had it in the 60's.Joann

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