Over at Wired there’s an interesting article on how the Internet has evolved away from Web surfing and more about information being ‘pushed’ to us. The authors state that we Internet users have information sent to us, rather than go looking for it ourselves. This, in itself, had changed the way we receive content and also the way we interact with the Internet. After reading the article I do have to say that my surfing habits have changed since the first time I surfed the Internet back in 1995.
The article states these facts:
You wake up and check your email on your bedside iPad — that’s one app. During breakfast you browse Facebook, Twitter, and The New York Times — three more apps. On the way to the office, you listen to a podcast on your smartphone. Another app. At work, you scroll through RSS feeds in a reader and have Skype and IM conversations. More apps. At the end of the day, you come home, make dinner while listening to Pandora, play some games on Xbox Live, and watch a movie on Netflix’s streaming service.
You’ve spent the day on the Internet — but not on the Web. And you are not alone.
This is not a trivial distinction. Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. It’s driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it’s a world Google can’t crawl, one where HTML doesn’t rule. And it’s the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they’re rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated platforms often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don’t have to go to the screen). The fact that it’s easier for companies to make money on these platforms only cements the trend. Producers and consumers agree: The Web is not the culmination of the digital revolution.
Since getting Straight Talk I am also texting more and emailing less. I also use my phone more to send emails as well.
What about you? Are you using the Web less?
Let us know.