We are closer to the year 2033 than we are to 2000. Is that not crazy? Time really flies and you know what else flies? The advancement of technology. We have phones that can do almost anything a computer and camera could do. Our computers lightning quick. Any Television show you want to watch is mist likely on Hulu or Netflex. Social Media is one of the quickest ways to get in contact with anyone who has a Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. Texting, calling and of course talking are still options but you tell anyone about this 70 years ago they would call you crazy.
Actually lets be specific and talk 70 years ago in the World War two era. In this article “As We May Already Know” the author (Vannever Bush) says methods of getting information across are old and weak. Keep in mind this was written in 1945. Today, we just type something and hit a button and boom, your thoughts are there for the world to see. He goes on to mention that two centuries ago, a man by the name of Leibnitz invented a calculating machine but it was to hard to construct so it kind of fell though for the time being. Let me ask a question, have you ever gone a time within the past 5 years and not had a calculator at your fingertips? Most likely not because they are everywhere! Your phone, pocket calculators or you could just google one!
As the article goes on he mentions that all we to do to keep a record of something is either write it or push a button on a typewriter. Now, we could text on our phones or type something like I am doing right now! The best part? If you mess up, you do not need to start over like on a type writer. If there is anything to take away from this blog is that we should all appreciate the backspace key.
He seems to have a big pet peeve and that is the way technology was handled back in his time. He had problems with how information was organized. Now everything is organized perfectly and you set it however you want on your phones and laptops. His purpose in writing this article was to point that the technology they had then was great, but, it could be better. Now in 2017 we definitely hit his expectations. We even far surpassed his expectations, but was it for the better?
I am about as guilty as the next person when it comes to social media. I do not tweet everyday. I do not post on Instagram everyday and I do not post on Snapchat or Facebook everyday. I do however go on them everyday whether it is for news or just enjoyment. In an article titled “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media?” Teenagers spend approximately nine hours on social media a day. I never spend that much time on social media but I’m sure Bush never expected this. They broke it down by each social media application to demonstrate how much time a typical lifetime. You will spend 1 year and 10 months on YouTube, 1 year and 2 months on Snapchat, 1 year and 7 months on Facebook and 18 days on twitter. I personally find the twitter approximation to small and I think it should be much longer. It almost seems like it is controlling a big part of our life nowadays.
A website called www.internetlivestats.com is a place where you can see how many tweets, e-mails, facebook, etc, that are sent in one day. Crazy stats like 520,000,000+ tweets have been sent today. That is a lot of people on social media at once. There are plenty of other crazy out of these world stats and you can look at them are there website. There is one however that boggles my mind. There are 3,727,125,000+ internet users in the world. To think the internet was not existent to the public 50 or more years, makes you appreciate where we are now.