By the year 2017 the average person will have five electronic devices connected to the Internet in their house. Cisco, the world’s largest maker of network equipment, analyzes how people, companies and carriers are using the Internet now to predict the trends of the future.
By 2019, there will be nearly 3.9 billion global Internet users (more than 51 percent of the world’s population). Three of these will be TV’s or other devices that remain “fixed” in the house. More and more devices are joining the Internet as “Machine to Machine” connections like appliances, cars, and medical devices. These extra devices mean extra data will be used. In 2012, the Internet household averaged 31.6 Gigabytes of traffic per month. This is the equivalent of watching 13 hours of HD Television. In 2017, this number is predicted to reach 74.5 GB per month– the equivalent of 30 hours spent watching HDTV.
There’s little doubt. We are deeply connected to our devices.
How anchored are you to a smart phone, laptop, or tablet? Write a poem based on your attachment to the various Internet-connected devices in your home. You could write your poem from the perspective of the electronic device or combine the positive and negative aspects of our connected society.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a recent poem from Prasanta we enjoyed:
Photo by Toshihiro Gamo. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland