Who Invented the Internet? | Britannica


The internet has fundamentally changed our life. It helps us navigate through our days, it connects us with other people across the world and it's having some unexpected effects on our brain.

Thanks to innovations like smartphones, tablets and social media, technology will likely continue to re-shape the way we communicate, feel, and think.

Here are just 3 ways the internet is changing how we think. There are many more.


It's shortening our attention spans.



We have been concerned about the internets effect on concentration for years, and according to a 2015 study, those fears of becoming 'digital goldfish' may have already been realized.

The average goldfish famously has an attention span of approximate 9 seconds, but humans had an attention span of 12 seconds - unti 2000,when it suddenly dropped to 8 seconds. That startling change has been traced back to the advent of the mobile phone.

There seems to be a generational divide when it comes to attention spans as well. Nearly 80% of 18-24 year olds surveyed admitted to picking up their smartphone 'when nothing is occupying their attention, compared to only 10 of people over 65.


It's trapping us in a state of perpetual distraction.



How often do you check your phone? A 2016 study found that the average  smartphone user checks their phone over 2,600 times a day. That adds up to a million times a year, and that number is likely to keep increasing as people become even more dependent on their devices.

What the internet is doing to our brains has been described as 'a state of perpetual distraction and constant disruption', the price people pay for having 'unlimited information at their fingertips'.

It is said that 'if you exist in a perpetual state of distractedness, you'll never tap into your deepest source of human insight and creativity.


It's making long-term memory worse.



Constant browsing, scrolling, and clicking can potentially impact a person's ability to retain and remember information. If you are constantly distracted and taking in new information, you're essentially pushing information into and out of your conscious mind. You're not attending to it in a way that is necessary for the rich consolidation of memory.

In 2011 there was a study published that noted how people remembered less information, since they knew they could easily Google it later. In other words, access to the internet can encourage a lazy mind.


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In regards to an article in The Vancouver Sun, rent for one-bedroom  apartments in Vancouver rose more than any other major Canadian city over the past year.


The cost of a one-bedroom rental in Vancouver has risen more on average than in any other major Canadian city


According to the latest National Rent Report, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom home in Vancouver rose 13.2% to $2,179 from December 2020 to December 2021.

The cost of a 2-bedroom unit in Vancouver was $2,983 - an increase of 9.7% compared to December 2020.

The increase in cost of a 2-bedroom rental apartment in Toronto was 11.64% during the year. However, the largest jump in that category was in Gatineau, Quebec, that saw an 18% increase in the two-bedroom category.

Across the country, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment rose 2.73% and a two-bedroom rose 3%.

Rents actually fell during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic but have now recovered.

The lowest point was in April 2020, a month after the pandemic was declared in Canada, with a 9% drop from December 2019.

The average cost of a one-bedroom home rental in Victoria rose less that 1% to $1,566 a month over the past year.


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DIY movers inadvertently help track population movements when they rent one-way U-Haul trucks.


When the pandemic began in 2020, larger cities across Canada saw a mass exodus of people heading to smaller towns and rurul areas. One company keeping track of all this movement is U-Haul, the do-it-youself truck rental company.

This study appears to be an effective gauge of how well cities are both attracting and maintaining residents.


126 Uhaul Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock


Alberta has been the best province to make home, where there are initiatives to create more job opportunities and attract residents.

Of the top 25 Growth Cities in the country, 3 are in Alberta. Red Deer-Lacombe came in 8th, Medicine Hat-Redcliffe 15th and Airdrie 24th. 


It has hurt us emotionally': Young couple moving to B.C. loses everything  after U-Haul theft | CTV News


In B.C., Kelowna hit 6th on the Growth Cities list, Kamloops 11th and Penticton 21st. None of the three were on the previous year's list. Apparently reflective of the more expensive real estate, people  bypassed the cities of North Vancouver, which slipped to 10th spot from 2nd in 2020 and Abbotsford to 22nd from 11th. Chilliwack just missed the Top 25 list. Vancouver plummeted to 23rd from 7th.


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snowy day


The snow seems to be dissappearing again and hopefully for a while, but I am guessing this isn't the end of it this year. Here are a few simple tricks to protect your home from damage from the snow.


How To Remove Snow From Your Roof by Amazing Home Contractors


Remove the Snow on your roof, especially deep snow because when it melts it can back water up between shingles and flashings increasing the potential for leaks inside. But be very careful. Don't slip!


When Should I Remove Snow from My Roof? -Ice Dam Guys®: Best-Rated Ice Dam  Removal Near You & in USA


Icicles on your roof edge may be the result of inadequate insultation. Something you wouldn't necessarily realize until you experience wet, freezing weather.


Why icicles on your roof could mean trouble


Snow should never get  piled up against your house (eg siding). When it melts it may increase the potential for leaks inside.


7 Ways Snow and Ice Can Damage Your Home | Family Handyman


The ground around your home should always have the snow shoveled clear and snow melt should be directed away from your foundation. Puddling against the home may increase potential for leaks.


Shoveling Snow Dos and Don'ts | The Weather Channel - Articles from The  Weather Channel | weather.com



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I must admit, my music taste varies and I don't really get into preferred genres.

I spend a lot of time listening to different radio stations on ITunes, whether it be hard rock, mellow rock, instrumental jazz, country...  My wife loves country, so we listen to quite a bit of 93.7 JR Country and my go to station in the car would be 102.7 The Peak for their alternative playlist.

My favourite songs for 2021 changed a number of times throughout the year (I am quite fickle) but as the year came to a close my 3 favourite songs were:


The Truth About Nathaniel Rateliff's Divorce


Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - Surviver


BOY GOLDEN – Six Shooter Records


Boy Golden - KD and Lunchmeat


Dayglow: "With all this new attention on me, I started to feel like I was  living in a sitcom" | Dork


Dayglow - Can I call you tonight?


Looking forward to a lot of great music in 2022!

What were your favourite tunes of 2021?


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