A couple of days ago my wife and I were talking, as parents will, about how the world has changed from the time that we were in grade school, middle school and high school. The discussion started with how much time we all (my kids included) spend online now and the things we do "there". She had installed and then almost immediately uninstalled the new Facebook Chat app for her phone because she had gotten so used to using that to chat with people and when they pulled that functionality out of the main Facebook app it was...irksome. One thing led to another and the idea of the Internet as a place kind of manifested itself. We'd had discussions about how this generation will grow up with the net and how Wikipedia has become a "trusted online source of information"...even if it isn't, but this was different. The Internet, via all of it's chat rooms and online games and virtual world building capability has become...a place. You can have a job on the internet, you can have friends on the internet, you can shop on the internet, date on the internet...probably have cyber sex (@kellory, I know, the less said the better, m'kay? ). You can't eat on the internet and you can't actually have kids on the internet but darned near everything else that you would "do" somewhere can be done online, as though it were a place. We refer to websites as destinations. We talk about just about everything, sometimes with people we hardly know but are considered "friends" who we "like" (a la Facebook). We instant message/chat. We form, in a very real sense, bonds of actual friendship (a la survivalmonkey). We learn. We share victories and defeats. In a sense, the Internet has become a place. Is this a revelation everyone else had years ago and I'm just now seeing it (been too busy with work I guess )? Is this a good thing or a bad thing. Come to think of it, I guess this has been rattling around in my head for a while because in some ways it's a big part of the story I posted the first couple of chapters to (don't derail the thread, yes I'm still working on it). Where does it go from here? Lawnmower man?