Well, at least back to what I would consider the present, in that we finally have broadband in the new flat. I was actually surprised how much I have come to rely on always accessible internet and I imagine I (and others) will only get more so when internet access is widespread on mobile phones. It is basically that the internet provides such a huge quantity of instantly accessible information. To inquisitive minds this is a positive boon. Although much of what I look up is no doubt trivia, there is still a substantial amount of serious knowledge that I would either not have discovered or taken longer to discover were it not fot the internet.