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At one time I used to believe that we could survive in a world without technology.

I don’t mean devices such as can openers, toaster ovens, radios or even televisions; I mean Internet and the World Wide Web.
Like many from rural communities on the southwest coast I admit to thinking I would never need it, that I wouldn’t have a use for it, and that it wasn’t important in my day-to-day life.
I was wrong.
Everyday my needs for the Internet, for information and for evolving technology are changing and I am noticing many roadblocks.
Many small towns do not have websites. There are many with websites that don’t have someone to keep the information up-to-date.
There are many living in small towns that now consider a Facebook group to be a website as well and as someone that uses Google on a daily basis it can be frustrating searching for information through social media sites.
It’s easy enough to understand why many small businesses and towns are preferring Facebook over a website for many reasons, including the cost of running one and the time needed to fool around on the back ends of them.
Many companies with websites have designated personnel to tackle the work of changing the information, especially if they offer weekly or monthly deals.
With the direction of everything heading towards the Internet, we have to become aware of what is happening and we have to adjust our thinking on how reliant we are on technology.
I personally think every town and small business should take an interest on how these times are changing and realize there are many more benefits to becoming Internet savvy than not.
chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

I don’t mean devices such as can openers, toaster ovens, radios or even televisions; I mean Internet and the World Wide Web.
Like many from rural communities on the southwest coast I admit to thinking I would never need it, that I wouldn’t have a use for it, and that it wasn’t important in my day-to-day life.
I was wrong.
Everyday my needs for the Internet, for information and for evolving technology are changing and I am noticing many roadblocks.
Many small towns do not have websites. There are many with websites that don’t have someone to keep the information up-to-date.
There are many living in small towns that now consider a Facebook group to be a website as well and as someone that uses Google on a daily basis it can be frustrating searching for information through social media sites.
It’s easy enough to understand why many small businesses and towns are preferring Facebook over a website for many reasons, including the cost of running one and the time needed to fool around on the back ends of them.
Many companies with websites have designated personnel to tackle the work of changing the information, especially if they offer weekly or monthly deals.
With the direction of everything heading towards the Internet, we have to become aware of what is happening and we have to adjust our thinking on how reliant we are on technology.
I personally think every town and small business should take an interest on how these times are changing and realize there are many more benefits to becoming Internet savvy than not.
chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

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