We had a conversation the other night about the Internet. We all agreed on one thing: it’s mammoth.
Even the young people remembered a time when the only things people used the Web for were a little research and checking your bank statement. These days, no matter what we’re doing (or not doing), we find ourselves running to the computer to log on, look up, check in, fill out, chat with, read about, or play around (but we never seem to shut down).
We discussed how different Internet usage is from one individual to another. Some visit a few sites, while others have a plethora of places they peruse persistently. Another thing we all agreed on was how important it is to have self-control. Having literally the world at our fingertips, it can easily steal away hours (or worse).
Our family is wired: blogs, browsers, directories, music, recipes, reference, social, videos, and more. Oh, and it’s fun to read up on random topics from Bing or Wiki.
In addition to those sites, Hubby’s other favorites are cars, skeet shooting, and fishing; and I also go to Biblegateway, homeschool helps, and my domain site.
I gotta say, though: my daughters have taken the use of the Worldwide Web to a whole new level. In addition to helping them with homeschool and Driver’s Ed, the Internet has taught them how to evaluate movie content (Plugged In), where to see artwork (Deviantart), compile fashion ensembles (Polyvore), and conquer monsters (Runescape). They know the worst way to do anything (Failblog G-rated], that Bleach is a cartoon character, and to how to understand a cat when it speaks to you (Icanhascheezburger).
As you can see, I’m not against the Internet; I’m only against when it’s to excess. I’m not against using resources; I’m only against letting it get ridiculous.
Our little discussion finished with reports that the Internet is a financial boondoggle that will eventually crash in on itself. Woah. On that note, maybe while I still can, I’ll go see what those cats have to say.