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The future of the Internet…

March 31, 2010

In the world of interactive media, scholars, professors, professionals, and students are looking at what the future of the Internet will look like.  Will people’s behavior change and transform with the technology?  Researchers are studying the effects of the Internet and how it effects social norms, relationships, family structures, privacy, etc.

But my thought of the future of the Internet… is what we choose it to be.  In class, we watched a video on how technology has created this multitask generation of people who cannot really multitask at all.  And how video gaming has been an addiction in many cultures where people are having to get clinical diagnosed.  How people have panic attacks if they don’t have their mobile devices with them. How kids already come pre-program knowing how to work computers, phones, etc. How people can’t remember what life was like without a cellphone.

People have allow themselves to get so emerge in the technology that they forget who has control.  On every device there is a powerful button.  A button that can change your world.  It’s called the power on/off button.  Many people only know one side of this button which is the power on, but it has another function as well which is power off.  You may have to hold this button down longer so it can shut off, and it maybe a separate button.  But it’s there, just look for it…I promise it’s on every device.  Try it!

People need to exercise this more often, especially parents allowing this kids to play video games for hours at a time.

I know this is not a profound posting but people need to get real with technology and not let it consume their lives.  I am an interactive media professional and I have technology around me daily however, I’m not tied to it.  I exercise the power off button every evening and weekend.  And if I leave my cellphone at home, I’m not turning my car around to get it.

Life still goes on.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2010 10:43 am

    ‘Nuff said!

    The Power of ‘off’… you’re preaching!
    I love your next to the last line.
    Thank you for the encouragement to live in this life (not 2nd life – LOL)

  2. March 31, 2010 10:49 am

    ‘Nuff Said!

    …The Power of the ‘Off’ button. I especially like your next to the last line.

    Thank you for encouraging us to live in this life (not 2nd Life – LOL)!

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