Originally published by The Huffington Post
You don’t need me to tell you that the Internet has become a pervasive global network of people and machines that is beginning to mediate all human interactions. But, just for a second, think about how different the 21st century will be in comparison to the 20th century, simply because of the Internet.
As a digital native in 2013 with an academic background in human evolutionary science, our past seems extremely cold and isolating without a communication medium to bind our entire family together. For the large majority of time all of the human bands, tribes, chiefdoms, kingdoms, etc. were completely unaware of the actual extent and dispersion of all other humans on the planet.
Today we are not only aware of each other, but we are able to build and maintain social groups with each other regardless of geography. I don’t have to scroll very...