Although the Internet has been around for almost 20 years, new innovations and information continue to make it the most amazing tool we have at our disposal. On it you can pay your bills, have free long-distance phone service, email around the world for free, Google the answer to any question imaginable and even find a delightful recipe for spotted owl soup. With computers we can track our finances, store and enjoy music and photograph libraries, watch movies, play video games and waste potentially productive and useful lives by baring our souls on Facebook and other forms of social media.
As with any new and innovative addition to our lives, we must slowly develop rules to govern our behavior. I suppose it is human nature to exploit and abuse each new cultural phenomenon to the lowest possible denominator. It seems that a rather large segment of society cannot function without staying in constant “communication” by yakking, sending their tweets on Twitter, checking their Facebook page or playing some interactive online game. How many times have you been behind one of them at a red light?
Personally, I just wish I could figure out how to get my smart phone to pay my bills without taking money out of my bank account.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.