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Our life style has changed in recent years and maybe it is mainly because of the technological and market developments. If I had to chose any of the most relevant  development s I would chose the washing machine and the Internet.

To cut it short I do not see any negative impact of the invention of the washing machine but thinking it over twice maybe I see one negative impact in both cases.  I will clarify this later on but let us begin with the washing machine.

Washing machines were no doubt invented much before the Internet was available for the públic. 

Ancient civilizations cleaned their clothes by pounding them on rock or rubbing them with abrasive sands and washing the dirt away in local streams.

In my opinion, rotary washing machines are the most important domestic devices invented or the housewifes most desired. Thanks to washing machines mainly women at the time when they appeared and men and women nowadays were and are liberated from hand washing linen and have much more time for far less rewarding tasks. 

One of the rewarding  tasks I see is that today I have been to look up on the Internet when both devices were invented. And guess what if by now you still do not know: In case I had no chance of going to the Internet directly from my home computer I could not have done today’s washing because I would have had to go to the local Library to find the desired data.

So, copied and pasted with no more effort and thanks to Mr. Google and Wikipedia I can say that the history of the Internet began with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. The public was first introduced to the Internet when a message was sent from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), after the second piece of network equipment was installed at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). This connection not only enabled the first transmission to be made, but is also considered to be the first Internet backbone. This began the point-to-point communication between mainframe computers and terminals, expanded to point-to-point connections between computers and then early research into packet switching.

These are the positive impacts of the Internet and the washing machines and the negative are a lack of face-to-face communication which in the Internet could be more or less solved through Skype or other programs but in the case of pur ancestors and mainly women the possibility of not going to the river to clean dirty linen cut out their day-to-day chats with other women and communicating out of home doing this “unrewarding” domestic work.

 

Núria Cornet.                                                                                                                25th. Jan. 2013

 

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