Reading the Pew research Center’s Digital life in 2025 report I was struck by how deeply the internet has embedded itself into our lives, and how deeply we think about it.
The report itself is a collection of musings by leading thinkers on how web/internet culture is shaping our lives in the present and will do so in 2025. It features many compelling points of view, both Utopian and dystopian. One that I found incredibly compelling:
"We’ll have a picture of how someone has spent their time, the depth of their commitment to their hobbies, causes, friends, and family. This will change how we think about people, how we establish trust, how we negotiate change, failure, and success.”
In other words, how we see ourselves and the people around us.
Coincidentally, I have also been reading John Naughton’s economical take on what we really need to know about the internet. Put together, both pieces present interesting and measured views on the web and it’s impact; and while its easy to take a side (Utopian or otherwise), what’s important is to take the long view.
Believe it or not, It is still early days yet for the world wide web.