“How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” Type that in to Google, and the second link will inform you that the answer is 361.9237001 cubic centimeters per animal per day. But let’s say you wanted to know the answer to that same question thirty years ago. You would have had to go to the library and ask a librarian to point you to the wildlife section. But with the here-andnow technology such as the Internet, searching and receiving information is quick and easy. Fifty-six percent of American adults and 47 percent of American teenagers have smart phones. That is a
lot of people who have a constant feed of what their friends, family and pretty much the rest of the world is up to. On the more personal side of it, technology and social media now allows us to know things about our friends that we would have to otherwise talk to them to find out. Instragram lets us know what they had for lunch, Facebook tells us when they check into a place, and Twitter lets us know what is on their mind. It is also easier to hear about things happening in the community when just about everyone and every organization has a Facebook page and Twitter profile. On the upper end of information there is real news. Technology has greatly impacted the way we get our news. For instance, instead of having to wait until the next day to find out what is going on in the world, events from around the globe can be uploaded
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in. There is no longer a time constraint on when information can reach people. New age technology also means that news providers have had to change the way they function. Just about every major newspaper has also made the switch to online. Instead of having until the next morning to write stories, the demand for news is always there on the world wide web. If you have not noticed, sites like Yahoo never sleep. It is constantly updating with topics ranging from news to diets. New technology lets us access all kinds of information faster then ever before. Whether this information is updates on a revolution across the ocean, or that your sister is now in a relationship with Stan, we should appreciate that we live in a time where we have all this knowledge at our fingertips.
Information revolution Technology in everyday life Mia Love Staff Member Social media sites such as Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook have contributed to society by connecting the world and helping the spread of information. Bloggers, rebloggers, trolls and lurkers... and Google... make up the 'Internet' culture by essentially obsessing over fictional characters and writing fan fiction while sobbing into a tub of Ben and Jerry's when their ship either officially sets sail or sinks. It's a very emotional time. Information is spread quicker. Cultures are shrinking and the world isn't so far away. On the other hand, people are more often than not on their phones or lap tops, scrolling through Pintrest or whatever catches their fancy. People are using technology to accomplish simple tasks that could very easily be done without the help of technology. Electric toilet seats, for example, are not necessary for the existence of mankind. In fact, most technology only serves to accommodate unimportant human needs. Then there is the stuff that is incredibly important, such as
medical advances. Vaccinations, life support, penicillin – basically any medicine is incredibly important for humans. Unlike electric toilet seats, medicine actually serves to better mankind, and gives many people the chance at a better life. Technology is used daily– there is no doubt about it. Some people use it more than others, such as professional bloggers and vloggers. Technology, depending on your perspective, is either good or bad. Fandoms, for example, are often lumped with the bad. As mentioned before, fandoms make up a lot of the Internet, and therefore have a large impact on society as a whole. A fandom is, by definition, all the fans of a sport, activity, or famous person. Meaning fandoms basically exist for everything. Joining a fandom often leads to the dreaded “shipping.” Shipping, for those unaware, is an Internet-based term coming from the word “relationship,” a term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. Shipping and fandoms quickly become confusing, and get rather messy when wars break out.
Fandom members aren't just any old fan, because in the eloquent words of Dan Howell, you have your 'Internet fans' and your 'non-Internet fans'. Internet fans are the ones screaming and yelling at the characters, and sobbing when their ship finally becomes canon (basically another word for official) while a nonInternet fan sits patiently and maybe cries a bit when the series finally ends. An Internet fan usually feels devastated like their soul has been brutally torn from their chest and smushed into the ground by a truck. The Internet has a heavy influence on everyday life, and social media. You can try to escape, but rest assured, they will eventually find you and convert you. Internet culture heavily influences daily life, changing social norms and cues. New words have been accepted as actual terms, selfie made its debut in the Oxford Dictionary, along with other words such as twerk and binge-watch. Either you love it or you hate it, but there is no denying that the Internet is having an impact on society and our everyday life as a whole.
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Published on May 20, 2014