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I've been thinking recently about the effect of the Internet on the world. Clearly in the last decade, the Internet has changed from a world of it's own, to something entirely integrated. 3 years ago I was pondering how it became normal to advertise web sites on bill-boards, but now celebrities talk about Twitter as much as they'd talk about clubs and such.
That's not really my point though. I think the increased prominence of the Internet in the world has led to some long standing things that have been a part of the public psych getting kicked out. The problem is, I can't tell if it's me being objective, or if it is me just getting old - my grandparents talked about "spinning tops" disappearing, and maybe what I'm observing is the next generations continuation of what has always happened.

Let's take an example…
I'd guess if you surveyed 7-year old kids to name 2 chess pieces, you'd get quite a lot more blank faces now than you would if you could have repeated the same experiment for many generations prior.
I don't think you really see toys and games when you go into shops so much now - mostly it is electronics, if anything at all. Perhaps a natural evolution, but pretty stark seeing as an approximate style of toys and games was pretty consistent for probably 150 years. I think it's the case that a lot of kids get their entertainment from the Internet now.

Another example…
Who buys newspapers under the age of 30? I don't think I ever will, but for generations before me it was a part of the daily routine.

Here's a weird and entirely unrelated one - are girls still associated with skirts and tights in the minds of kids, as opposed to boys wearing trousers and socks? I don't think the Internet is related there, more changes in fashion and a greater sense of equality. I'm not saying it's good or bad, but how people perceive gender I think has changed quite considerably from how it was for hundreds of years, which again is really quite amazing when you think about it. Or, perhaps I'm not able to be objective.

I feel like I'm getting old! Things change so fast in the world now ;).

Of course the adage that "The more things change, the more they stay the same" is so very true.

YouTube, is Candid Camera and Mix Tapes.
Facebook is long telephone calls in the evenings.
MySpace is the old fan clubs.
LinkedIn is the professional society/club.
MashUps are chemistry kits, or coding in BBC Basic.
Twitter is many things including Ham Radio.
Blogs are diaries and pen pals.


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Chris Graham said

I feel like I'm getting old! Things change so fast in the world now .

You should see it from where I am sitting …

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While I don't enjoy Twitter, and have outgrown MySpace, but Facebook is a big part of my life now. I used it to talk to all my friends and family, and in my social group (and family!), if you're not on Facebook, you just aren't included.

The other night my iPhone's battery died (I was camping and couldn't charge it), and I almost went insane! All these cool Internet-driven tools may be awesome, but I rely on them too heavily.


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Haha, isn't camping to get *away* from technology Robbie.


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Is it? I thought it was about a change of scenery and location, rather than a total escape from technology. ;) I certainly wouldn't want to go camping with my phone (for safety), and my camera (for the memories).


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