Class of 2015 is younger than the Internet








An interesting fact about this class of college students is that many of them are younger than the Internet. They're super-Millenials, because the Internet became public around 1992, and many of this year's college freshmen were born in 1993.

Since its creation, the Internet has weaved itself into the fabric of modern life. Most communication and information is all stored on some remote server. In 1993, only one percent of communication utilized the Internet. At the start of the new millennium that number grew to 57 percent, and in 2007, it was 97 percent. I bet many of you can't even remember what life was like without the Internet. Come to think of it...can you recall life before social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter?

Now that an entire generation has grown up oblivious to life before the Internet, you have to wonder what would life would be like if the Internet had never been invented. Here's one scenario:

It's 2011, and there's no Internet. Mark Zuckerberg is a nerdy dropout who's fallen on hard times. He never invented Facebook because there's no Internet. In Silicon Valley, there's a shortfall of young, pretentious douches.

Apple and Microsoft aren't half of what they are right now, and the iPhone is never invented. In fact, the primary use of a cell phone is for talking.

The Arab Spring Uprisings never happened, because there was no social media to let the world know what was happening and to organize demonstrations. Friends can't meet that often because they can't find a time when all of them are free and it's too much of a hassle to keep calling each other.

Movies, music and books are no longer free. You actually have to buy them from stores.

Barack Obama never became president, in fact, the majority of Americans don't know who he is.

And Rebecca Black's dreadful song never graces the ears of millions.

But this doesn't apply to us. We do have the Internet, and it's not going anywhere.

So hats off, class of 2015: You can truthfully say you've never lived without the Internet.

 

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