The Internet, at least the modern version we know, turned 25 this year, and its effect on our lives simply cannot be understated. Two-hundred seventy-nine million Americans, (over 85 percent of the US population), now have access to the Internet. Globally, that figure is a staggering 2.9 billion people. In a mere quarter century, the technology has transformed the way humankind works, learns, communicates, shares, connects with one another—and much, much more.
So profound and far-reaching has its impact been that many of us today can’t even recall what life was like before the Internet...It’s actually a tough thing wrap your mind around, and I had to really stop and think to remember my life pre-Internet....When you get down to it, the Internet has changed—and in some cases revolutionized—major aspects of our existence: from finance and healthcare to entertainment, shopping, travel, socializing and even romance. On a personal level, the Internet allowed me to become an entrepreneur and start the business that would ultimately become Hootsuite. Deeper still, it’s connected me with events and people halfway around the world at a level that would not have been possible even 30 years ago.
But not everyone seems to agree. You see a lot of people nowadays taking a stand against the constant ‘plugged-in’ lifestyle, arguing that things like the web and social media are making us unhappier, attention deficient, even crazy. It’s become trendy to leave Twitter and Facebook; there’s even an official Quit Facebook Day. But are people really willing to give it all up and go back to an Internetless world? I’m not so sure. At this point in time, it’s like saying you want to go and live in the jungle without the aid of modern medicine—but what would you really do if you contracted a serious, life-threatening infection while out there?
Would you go back to a world without the Internet?
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