The Web is Growing Up

A Comparison of Web and Psychosocial Development

It’s easy to draw parallels between our lives and the industry you work in, especially when you are looking for it. Additionally, the longer you work within a trade, the closer you feel; I feel the pulse. Well, at least a murmur every now and then. Everybody evaluates their career and in turn begins to ponder the lifespan of their industry as well. To remain good at what I do, I constantly watch for emerging trends within Web Design and Development. This got me to thinking: If my field moves this fast, then how old is it actually? Imagine dog years, except for online communication. Ok so its old, big deal, nothing to write about. But, like a person, has it matured? It might be a stretch, but some of the research Erik Erikson has done on the stages of healthy human development might also relate to the web experience. Let’s take a look at the 8 stages of maturity:

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User Generated Web Content Shift?

Is user generated web content on the downward trend? In a recent Business Week article that exact subject was covered. It seems that more people tend to view professionally done web videos and many advertisers appear more willing to spend money if the site(s) skew toward “professionally produced” entertainment content.

This will likely open the floodgates to more web-only produced shows, videos and such — at least a lot more from larger entertainment companies.

Grant A. Johnson

Johnson Direct LLC