A world without internet. Hmmmmm
So Monday the internet might shut down for some people. Malware that may have entered computers up to two years ago might kick in and make the browsers go blank. While reporting all of this the past few days I got wondering if this would be such a bad thing…at least for a while.
It really wasn’t that long ago that we weren’t didn’t start everyday by checking our Facebook page…Zuckerburg launched the website in 2004 and it took three or four years to become the phenomenon that it has. It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t tweet one another with mindless life updates. It’s only been around since 2006 and didn’t really become a force until 2008.
It wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t Google things. We went to a library, or we read a book, magazine or newspaper to find things out.
I remember clearly my first computer…A Tandy Radio Shack special and how amazed I was that could attach it to my phone line…listen to the modem go through that old familiar hook up sound and suddenly I could access the Public Library.
Even if you go back to seminal events in our lives as recent as the 911 attacks…people connected with each other with cell phones but there were no smart phones…they’ve only been around since about 2005.
The technology revolution has happened with incredible speed when you consider that it took years between the date that Al Graham Bell invented the phone and the date that most people had one in their homes...the same with the TV…
Heck, nobody thought TV had a future when it was invented and it took over a decade to begin to catch on.
The one thing that the internet has done, experts say, is bring us all socially closer together BUT it has made us forget how to deal with each other face to face.
Maybe a little reboot of those skills wouldn’t be such a bad thing.