@Ruth Belena posted a thread about "changing attitudes to the internet" and it got me thinking. The internet has developed into what it is today, mostly thanks to the Generation X'ers and the Millennials. We have non-social social media, the advent of the under 140 character conversions. We have cyber-bullying, and congressmen posting pictures of their unmentionables. We have a society where anyone who wants their 15 minutes of fame, can post a video of themselves online. This generation seems to use the internet for such trivial things. Or scary ones - want to learn how to build a bomb, want to obtain illegal merchandise, want girlie pictures? The internet is histories biggest and mightiest collection of information. It is truly amazing. You can find out anything you want in milliseconds. Can you imagine how much easier school would have been, had we had this technology. Remember building spaceships out of cardboard boxes - imagine if we could have research "spaceships" on the internet. In high school, when you were asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?", a simple google search of one of your interests would have given you 100s of career opportunities. When your first child had a temperature, you could have gone online to figure out what to do, and if you needed to take him to the doctor. My husband and I have talked about how wonderful the internet would have been when we were kids and teenagers - the things we could have discovered and learned - the adventures we could have had. Want to learn a new arts or crafts, go to youtube. My husband was a gear head - when he was trying to fix a new car, just go online and find out everything there is to know about the car. So, do you think that the internet would be what it is today if we, the Baby Boomers had had control over it in it's infancy? How do you think the internet would be different today if it was widespread back in the '50s-'70s?