Who invented the internet? Who owns it? Very funny questions to ask. But KILL THE INTERNET? Not so much. Imagine what would happen if the internet was wiped off the face of the earth one day till forever. Internet has been such an integral part of the every day of one in every three people. Not one hundred percent, and the other two of three show us it is possible to live, eat and breathe without internet. There would definitely be strikes, from teenagers all over the world, and they’d finally have to get off their asses, couches and computer chairs and rally down the streets because they can’t do a Facebook rally anymore and share and share and share and hashtag #nointernet because there is. No. Internet.
Now I am a teenager myself – oh, wait, I’m twenty – and I do understand how important it is. It’s so much easier to Google “irascible” than pick up my dictionary and turn the pages. I’d choose 0.23 seconds over 2 minutes every day. It has made accessing information so much easier, but that doesn’t mean it has made learning easier. Internet robbed us of that process, because why learn when everything is so accessible anyway?
I don’t mean to sound like an ungrateful brat, but I’ve listed down things the internet has made extinct which we could use a lot of right now.
- What you see is what you get. Facebook allowed us to create a front to everyone in the world. Be whoever you want to be – that was the internet. You can pretend to be this girl who likes reading classics, or watches weird science movies and pretends she likes it.
- Since information is so accessible, it doesn’t take too much for you to get to know a person. You wanna date someone? Google them and see what they like. It’s just like the Google it vs. the dictionary thing. Not a lot of effort involved, it’s all in the Facebook profile. Put on your prettiest, most-Photoshopped picture and you’re good to go.
- The bad ones make the most notorious news, but in the case of the internet, you post stuff only if it’s good stuff, unless you happen to be one of those inspirational kids who proclaim about optimism (which, I wonder, do they really retain when they’re alone). If people were gonna access you easily, you’d want them to know the good ones. You’re not gonna Instagram about your crappy job, your crappy heels, or your crappy room. Of course, you’re gonna post about your trip to Europe, or your Channel, or your Burberry, one of which could feed a family in a Third World Country for a week. And people who see it think this is good, which makes you good to go in this world of consumerism.
- Social networking is depressing for people who have nothing, or who are about to lose everything. Seeing people living the good life posting about their good lives online, you’ll just wish info wasn’t this accessible.
- You are reduced to what is seen online because it’s the only part of you they see. Back then, your friendship, your secrets, your quirks, the best parts about you – they had be earned. They required time, effort, pacing. Now it’s just a few clicks.
Question is, now that we have a lot of time for something else, what do we really do with our time?