So the first word that came to my mind when I heard the word "Internet" was: 🥁 🥁
Disconnect was the first word that came to mind... that doesn't mean that I am entirely against the internet... of course not (well I am here). I agree and can relate to what many of you shared: stress, information, Google, the world, answers, everything, vital, connecting with family, freedom, worldwide, work, communication, fast, etc ... Yet at the same time, I feel that the internet has caused people to be disconnected from nature. Many adults and children would rather stay indoors playing video games, using the phone, browsing social media, watching Netflix, etc. We have lost connection with EARTH. Going out for a walk is the last thing we might do. Many people just don't interact with nature the same way we did before. We've become numb... many careless about the environment! The kids have lost the sense of wonder... the hours of playing outside... building forts and tree houses... connecting to nature. When we don't interact with the environment, we stop valuing it. I have a lot more to say... trust me... but I will stop here!
I also feel that the internet has caused a disconnect from human, face to face, communication. Which is resulting in humans feeling less empathic towards others! People would rather send a text message than call or speak face to face with someone. We can all be sitting eating dinner... however, silent because we are too busy checking messages, emails, notifications, social media, etc.! We have fewer conversations with our children. Have you ever wondered why it is becoming harder for us to listen when our kids talk... because listening requires us to slow down and be attentive... however, that is just boring and time-consuming. Why? Because the internet is very fast-passed and overstimulating... real life becomes boring.
The internet has colonized our homes, our thoughts, and the way we interact. I am not saying we should STOP using the internet... NO! What I think needs to happen is for us to find the right balance... to be intentional and conscious of why we are using the internet and what benefits we are gaining.