Yesterday I was reminded of something Vint Cerf said in one of his talks in one of the ICANN Meetings I attended while at Afternic.Â He pointed out how the Internet had changed our social life everywhere, even the simple routine of having dinner at home with your spouse.Â In fact, he said at home is where he noticed the Internet’s impact the most. He said when he or his wife used to have a question about something during dinner conversation, they’d have to just table it.Â However, with the Internet they could just google the answer right then and there.
I fixed my garbage disposal yesterday by googling “troubleshoot garbage disposal” and finding a page titled “Garbage Disposal Hums But Doesn’t Grind.”Â It told me how to use a hex key to force the impellers to move and hopefully dislodge whatever was jamming it.Â It worked and I saved money and felt more at peace with my environment at home (a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance reference).
I cook sometimes just because it is so easy to find recipes, reviews of recipes, and even video demonstrations on how to cook. I doubt I would ever have dabbled in this area if the Internet didn’t make it so easy.
I think about Vint Cerf’s message when I notice how the Internet has improved our lives profoundly at home.