If it weren’t for a song by Hank Green, I wouldn’t have learned about quarks, protons, or neutrons. I wouldn’t have really learned it, and I would never have really enjoyed it.
If it weren’t for Crash Course World History, I never would’ve cared about Imperialism or Globalization, and to be honest, I would never even know their definitions.
If it weren’t for MinutePhysics, I would never understand Schrodinger’s cat, nor would I really know anything about science at all.
If it weren’t for the Vlogbrothers, I might never have really learned to comprehend the world around me, and what sort of life would could a person live without perspective?
That’s what the internet has given me, I suppose. Perspective. Understanding. And I am more than grateful for that.
Furthermore, I may have even learned things from Facebook, which may seem quite impossible. Of course, I don’t learn much from the vague, late night status posted about past relationships. However, many of the statuses on the site have taught me of current events. Maybe those current events did exactly have the most reliable and unbiased information, but nevertheless, they sparked the motivation in me to study the world around me. And I am grateful for that as well.
Lastly, there’s that trusty old search engine that you’ve probably heard of before, “Google.” When I’m not searching about Miley Cyrus’s performance at the Video Music Awards 2013, I may be searching for information for homework, articles for the school Newspaper, or even perspectives on the concept of school curriculum itself. I, like most students, use Google on a day-to-day basis.
Maybe our grandparents are right when they tell us how these laptops are rotting our brains, tearing us apart. However, I, myself, believe that the internet is bringing about a revolution, in education, in communities, and in life itself.
No one can give a definitive answer to whether we’re changing for the better or for the worse, but I know, for sure, that we’re changing indefinitely.