With a huge increase of information due to changes and advances in technology, people are now working harder and longer than ever before.
But not in the physical sense. Most people find it hard to switch off from their devices, making people available 24 hours a day.
My Mum for example is a teacher. But her working hours aren’t just when the kids are in the classroom. Her job means she has to be available at all times incase there is an emergency that needs her assistance. It is expected of her to be able to answer her phone or an email straight away.
This applies to myself to a certain extend as well. The flow of liquid information means that people are now today more readily available than ever before. Sending a message today means it arrives the same minute. In comparison to 100 years ago where it could have taken months. By having access to all of my forms of communication all day, every day means that I’m either communicating or having the option to. For a lot of people there is no break from the ‘have it all lifestyle’ that we self impose.
The end of the world would not occur of we chose to switch off for a day. Thoughts may take longer to be sent and received, but the feedback loop would still occur.
All of this information equals power. Companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have their products produced by their users from their data. This meta data is power. Knowledge is power in this sense.
All of this ‘power’ creates a want for more knowledge. It is easy to get caught up in the whirl wind that the internet can become, but that is not always a bad thing.
The internet has allowed many things to occur for humanity that wouldn’t of without it. Remembering how much time you spend as a node there will over all effect your life. After all you have the power to turn the switch off.