In Praise of Technology

I’ve been a Web Designer for going-on nine years now, and it never ceases to amaze me when I read statistics on worldwide yearly Internet usage.

A blog by the folks at Royal Pingdom says 47 million Web sites were added last year alone, bringing the total number of Web sites to 234 million. Doesn’t that just boggle your mind??

Compare it to 1997, when there were less than 500,000 Web sites around the world — oh, and Google, YouTube, Facebook, and the iPod didn’t even exist!

We’ve become so used to technology today that it’s hard to imagine our world without it.

We go on vacation, but take our laptops so we can check e-mail. We punch in our destinations on a GPS so we won’t get lost. We use “windshield time” stuck in traffic to call family or friends on our cell phones, and we wouldn’t think of setting a tee-time without checking the Internet for weather conditions.

As of September 2009, there were 1.73 billion Internet users worldwide; in addition, there were 126 million blogs on the Internet, 350 million people on Facebook,  30 billion photos uploaded to Facebook per year, and 90 trillion e-mails sent last year alone!

Now Apple has unveiled an iPad tablet computer, which I’m sure the company hopes will become the coolest thing since sliced bread.

Available beginning in March (for at least $499, depending on which version you get), the iPad comes with a touch screen and is designed so you can play games, read e-books, connect to the Internet, watch movies, and so on.

Wonder what the future will bring?

2 thoughts on “In Praise of Technology

  1. Hi Debbie,

    You can imagine how awe-struck I am about all this technology..I feel like I know a fraction of what I need to know. It is growing at lightning speed and I’m barely hanging on..But I guess the good news is I started. Thanks for the post!


    • You are sooo right — at least you’ve started! I have to feel sorry for those poor folks who don’t know the first thing (and have no desire to learn!). For me, learning is a lifelong opportunity, and I’m just amazed at how much knowledge is out there (and how little I know!)

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