The Web at 16, Can I Borrow the Porsche Dad? - Page 2
Eventually, it became like having posters on your wall at home, and as the Internet grew older, a new girl came into town: Facebook. She was pretty, she was making friends fast, and she was obviously not going anywhere. The Internet began to sniff around, ready to make its move, but it was cautious at first. Although social networking was the new thing, it was still wary after being burned in it’s preteen years. However, the Internet got the girl, and Facebook became the new thing. The Internet finally began taking the first steps towards adulthood as the blue-and-white Facebook logo became common on just about every site we were going to as the Internet left middle school, and like many of us, the typical MySpace way of social networking.
And now here we are, the Internet as a teenager, awkward, just getting the keys to its first car dropped in the palm of its hand. Just like when we were sixteen, it feels like it has no boundaries, it lives freer than it ever has before, but yet it is still a child in so many ways.
In two years, the Internet will legally be allowed to vote, though in reality it has been doing so for years now. It will be allowed to do most of the things an adult can do, and two more years after that, it won’t be a teenager anymore. Even with all of the lessons learned so far, it still has so much farther to go, and it won’t have even hit drinking age at that point.
What happens with the Internet finally gets to hop the bars? Or even just visit the nightclubs? Are we looking at the “crazy years,” where the web is going to party with friends, stay out all night, and generally make more bad decisions? When the Internet finally reaches college, can we expect it to study and make good grades? What new technologies does the Web have yet to learn, and how will they change the face of it in the future?
Just like in 1995, we’re going to have to wait a few years to find out.