In celebration of Thanksgiving this coming Thursday, I’m going to write a series of gratitude posts starting today. Please feel free to share what you’re grateful for in the comments, or link me to your own posts about Thanksgiving. I’d love to see what everyone else has to say on the matter.
Without further delay: Today, I am thankful for technology, and more specifically, for the Internet.
Call me a nerd if you wish, but just think for a moment about all the wonderful things we can do thanks to the world wide web. Consider all the information we can access with just a few keystrokes and the click of a button. Have a question? You can bet Google has an answer for you! Need to do your banking? Get your furnace serviced? Make travel plans? Buy or sell your condo? Buy a gift for a friend? The Internet is there for you, simplifying all your daily tasks.
More than that, though, the internet brings people together. We have massive social networks helping old friends to reconnect, communities like Reddit and Livejournal helping people find those who share common interests (no matter how obscure), and thousands of forums for learning and sharing advice, knowledge, and humor. And on top of that, we have chatting capabilities and video conferencing so that no matter where in the world your loved ones are, you can talk to them face-to-face, all thanks to the internet. Sure, there are trolls and flame wars are easy to find, but so are friends, new and old.
As I think about Thanksgiving, I think about the friends I’ve made online, the connections that have been strengthened, and the extra time I have to spend with them because I have the capability to do so many things from my smartphone or computer.
I grew up before the internet became such a widely used thing, but as an adult, I’m not sure what I would do without it!