Imagine if the internet didn’t exist. I was sitting streaming content from youtube whilst looking through my poetry orders and chatting to my friends online, and I suddenly thought “what if the internet didn’t exist?”.
It is safe to say my life would be virtually unrecognisable if it didn’t.
I have made some amazing friends, some of whom I have spoken to daily for well over a decade, thanks to the brilliant interwebs. I started my own business because of the internet. I listen to greater range of music because the internet makes it so accessible.
I am inspired daily by the people around me because of the internet. I was able to start sharing my poetry purely because of the internet.
In fact, just written down it all sounds rather basic, and doesn’t capture just how greatly I value the internet. But it enhances my life in so many ways.
I can probably say 100% I would not be doing what I do now if it wasn’t for Tim Berners Lee and his vision for the World Wide Web.
That’s not to say that I think it is infallible though. I am part of the last generation to be born in a non-digital, not connected world. My children are all digital natives. They will never know a time that they haven’t been able to find anything they wanted to know at the click of a mouse. Their lives will be played out in a digital setting. And that is kind of scary because I don’t think we fully appreciate yet the legacy of a life lived online.
However for now I am going to focus on the positives. And there are so many of those. What would be different in your life without the internet?