I don’t have the internet in my house.
I work on a computer all day. A while back I made the conscious decision not to buy a computer. If I don’t have a computer I don’t need the internet.
What I have is a smartphone with a large data plan and 32 gigs of memory. More memory than the desktop at work.
I always joke that I am not very American in my approach to the internet. I once read an article that said in Asia and other parts of the world smart phones were much more common because desktop computers were not used at home. Check out this graphic for a comparison on mobile access to the web.
As I read about the hyperlinked user/community for this class and watch videos of the lectures on my phone while commuting home I realized I am more like them than not. I never thought of myself as hyperlinked. I just didn’t have a computer.
Without a computer I treat information differently. I hardly ever store anything, I know I can find it on the web. I don’t remember things, I remember how to find them. I Google, a lot. And I search my gmail to try and remember where I heard about that show or movie or concert. I don’t store information on my phone. I store music and apps. I have a firm belief that the internet and all it’s free storage will be there. ( I might need to rethink that one.)
This week I learning I’m part of the community I’m studying. Now I need to figure out why I’m surprised by that. And how I can take that knowledge and apply it to my library’s community.