We all like to check rapidly "what's on" whether at the local cinema, theatre or just check general timetables and also receive great offers using QR Codes and other e-vouchers.
Some new network providers contracts are rather impressive: cheaper, longer but...unlimited texts, calls and data allowance too.
People are depending on the internet 24/7/365 it seems.
A few years back, being slow was acceptable. Then it went faster, thanks to BroadBand.
But then it started to be too slow, simply because some website design studios started to craft better looking and more professional sites. Also, the popular device more business related (BlackBerry) wasn't quite the right thing for internet browsing - not user friendly for that specific task, but excellent sound quality and perfect for e-mails and managing documents.
Then came the Apple iPhone...bigger screen (touchscreen) and hundreds of Apps available. Changing the way the internet was used. Very intutive too, no need to look into the end-users guide to find your way. Even avid BlackBerry users decided to go with the almost revolutionary device, being faster too with the implementation of 2G, 3G and more recently 4G mobile telecommunication technology. The data highway is just getting better and better and the amount of information exchanged is on the increase too.
Social media is a new way to share ideas, images and to interact.
A few weeks back (January 2014) Jelly appeared. A new outlet compatible with your exisiting followers and able to ask and learn about a particular place or other random queries.
The amount of innovation and high-tech involved to get all these news on (y)our screens is incredible and too often ignored. Nowadays, internet users want to connect everywhere and anywhere and WiFi is almost de rigueur from the coffee shop to the bus shelter.
All this is possible thanks to all submarine cables delivering what we are after, to and from the other side of the globe. Once you are aware of this spider web, it is not a surprise that it can take (sometimes) longer than expected to get a page uploaded.
"...The information age is powered by thin fiber-optic cables buried in the sea bed, spreading between continents to connect the most remote corners of the planet. These great arteries account for practically all of our international web traffic..." Source
Patience is a word which is almost forgotten and fast(er) is what people want, without actually thinking twice.
Despite of getting all information pretty rapidly, people are running out of time to do their daily tasks. How is such thing possible? The only answer would be related to the fact that Facebook, Twitter and other cyber-activities are taking over our lives and time. It is common to see a family sitting together in a coffee shop/restaurant/pub but the interaction is online and all the members are totally isolated and are (almost) ignoring their surroundings.
What can we expect from the internet for the next decade? Probably a lot of changes/innovations such as the "so wanted" Google Glass by a lot of people. Could this be just the start of something futuristic which will become our present?