Out with the old & in with the new…
Do you have any idea how much you rely on the Internet these days? When you think about it, it's pretty amazing, considering a good number of us didn't have it in our lives at all in the not-so-distant past. But it is what it is, and yesterday I went to buy a new camera. The one I have currently lost its metal holder that allows you to charge it, rendering it pretty much useless. I decided to upgrade just a bit and went shopping around (three stores in total).
When I'd finally made my decision on which camera to buy, I found myself unable to commit. I wanted to review it on Amazon first, Google the specs, read about the pros and cons according to those who had purchased it in the past. And I left the store empty handed. I really, really could not make the purchase without doing my at-home research. I find it hilarious that I am so reliant on the Internet now, and upon closer examination of it, find that I am way more dependent on it than ever I thought before (insert 'the light bulb is on' photo here).
So I went home, and I did my research. I've satisfied my curiosity and Googled the specs; checked the reviews; and saw pictures that were actually taken by the model I have selected. Today I'll go back to the store and get the exact same camera I decided on yesterday, but could not in good conscious purchase until I came home to do my little bit of research. And now I feel better, content, & secure that I'm making the right choice for me. Funny, isn't it?
I know there are those who fit the other extreme and won't do anything online; who maybe don't even own, or want to own a computer, but I think that is becoming more the exception than the norm.
How about you? Do you find yourself more and more reliant on the Internet as time passes, or are you maintaining a more grounded balance with the face-to-face? And what about the alarm bells, I have to ask? Looking at the bigger picture, is there ever a little tug in the back of your mind that tells you our society is becoming way too reliant on Internet?