Less than a decade on I had graduated, started work and had a PC. The internet was deadly slow, first there was the dial up, long wait, finally you could look at web pages. But there wasn't that much to look at. Search engines were clumsy and slow, and you would resort to using several different ones even for simple searches. And being in the UK, the chances of finding a local business online were practically zero. The USA had discovered the internet, but we were sadly lagging behind.
So what's my point? Mainly that life was just slower. We were forced to deliberate more, take our time. Think. And now? The world is at our fingertips. We can research more or less anything without leaving our seats, we can comment on other people (nicely or not) in anonymity, we can interact with people we haven't met and aren't likely to. We can post our opinions out to the world at the press of a button. Without pausing to think.
Better or worse? The world is more accessible, our experiences are broader, we can achieve so much more in a single day. But sometimes maybe we need to slow down. Just a bit. To ponder. Take time to smell the roses.