Tuesday, May 25, 2010
How the Internet Affects Our Lives: An Urban American's Perspective
As someone who spends a significant time of my day on the Internet—at least nine hours, five or six days a week — I often reflect on how this time affects my life in ways not quite obvious. These reflections also lead to more questions about the effects of technology in general on our traditional ways of thinking. While I do not have all the answers, there are certainly a few things I've noticed about these effects. Some are “good” and some are, perhaps, more sinister. Still, I cannot help being a staid proponent of technology in all of its manifestations, especially as an urban American whose life veritably depends on connectivity. Here are a few basic pros, in which the Internet enriches our lives, and, of course, the cons, which hopefully will serve more as warnings than as wholesale criticism.