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What was the world like before Internet?
Then, children played outside – in the streets and in the fields.
Women walked to their neighbors’ homes to have tea and share the latest gossip, and marvel at the new furniture that was delivered the day before.
Men sat at sidewalk cafes drinking coffee, smoking (cigarettes and Argeela – water pipes), and watching and whistling as girls passed by.
Markets were full of people shopping for the day’s meals.
Hands in full motion, enthusiastically negotiated product pricing in a tone that could be mistaken for a serious fight.
Vendors loudly hawked their products trying to entice passersby to stop and patronize them, instead of the competition.
Cash was king and reliable, though not plentiful.
Life was grand.
Now, children play in front of a computer, never to see the outdoors except to get into a car and be driven to their next destination.
Women use their mobile phones to text each other the latest news about their neighbors, and don’t have time to prepare tea unless it can be micro-waved.
Men seldom sit at open cafes for fear of being called perverts and getting a drink thrown in their face, so they watch sports inside, on TV.
Supermarkets are stocked with well preserved, over processed, bulk items that can last until eternity.
Forget about negotiating. The bar code price marked is the final price.
Vendors use over the top sales advertising in their windows, obscuring the contents inside, that scream of unbelievable price reductions.
Don’t have cash? No problem. What kind of debit or credit card will you be using? Even fast food restaurants prefer these plastic cards to cash. It cuts down on employee theft, but it also cuts down on the number of paying customers who don’t have or wish to use plastic for such small item purchases.
With the swipe of a card your information is transmitted through the universe of internet transactions, passing by your neighbors and your co-workers on the way to the financial clearinghouse, having a digital conversation about how much disposable income or credit worthiness you have available to actually approve this transaction.
Don’t you just hate it when the message that comes back is “unauthorized”?
The Internet has both good and not so good benefits to it.
- fast information
- large amounts of resources available
- organized search results
- connectivity to the world
- not all information is reliable
- too many resources to choose from
- search results include general and unrelated info
- 24/7 is not always a good thing, maybe the lights should go out at ten
- the world can be a scary place, anonymity has created some monsters who want to do bad things to people
Oh! The good ole days!
Here is how you can stay on top of your Internet game.
- Use reliable sites that display the https logo in the address bar
- Use cash as often as you can
- When searching, use as many keywords as possible to narrow down the results
- Ask for help from someone you trust
- Protect your password and secret questions
- Call customer service of the company you are attempting to use if there is a suspicious looking page on their site
- Keep a record of all transactions and cross verify with your bank statements
- Close the browser page upon completion of your transaction
- If in doubt, do without
Stay alert! Stay safe!