It's been somewhat strange seeing all the evolution of technology during my lifetime.
When I was young, cell phone minutes were a precious commodity, and texting didn't even exist. I distinctly remember someone bragging that they had a few songs on their computer because, "How could I ever use all this hard drive space?" Pictures (if any) took an eternity to load on a website, and you had to make sure no one used the phone. You had to look up businesses in a phonebook, or ask someone if they know a guy.
Those days are long gone.
Now we have information at our fingertips, and it's only getting more accessible, and more plentiful. Now almost everyone has an online presence. From Xanga, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and so on. Even businesses have Google+ pages, Yelp accounts.
Employers often "Google" their potential hires, and screen out unwanted applicants. Potential customers will read online reviews for local businesses and over 70%1 trust them as much as someone telling them about the business in person.
This much is clear, the internet, and technology are here to stay. Everyone must adapt, or they will be left behind.