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Of all the amazing inventions that have come about over the last century, I think people take the Internet for granted more than any of them. Just think about it: With the Internet, you have the entirety of human knowledge at your fingertips. There was a time when people would regularly trek miles to a library just for access to a portion of that knowledge. Today, most people carry it around in their pockets.
With the advent of the world wild web in the 1990’s, many people–myself included–believed that people in the future would be better educated than ever before. Why wouldn’t they? With access to so much information, surely everyone would spend at least some of their spare time educating themselves. How wrong we were.
Instead, most people just use the Internet for debating hot topics or sharing silly memes. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with debates and memes, but if you’re not also spending some time learning new things, you’re missing a huge opportunity. In this article, Shelle from Rootsy.org gives five examples of basic skills you can learn online, along with videos that will teach you the skills.