The Internet has ushered in a new era of human interconnectedness and will likely radically transform industry, scientific research and the structure of society.

It's also made us into a bunch of old ladies.

Perhaps no other time in human history has there been so much nitpicking. All you have to do is troll a site like Yelp.com for a few minutes to find a cavalcade of complaints disguised as constructive criticism or--just as bad--positive, and largely tangential, compliments.

In all fairness, most of the reviews are fairly well written and accurate. But after awhile, the mind-numbing level of intricate detail becomes overwhelming. Everyone is sitting around offering his or her opinion on what the texture of noodles should really be like.

It's like meeting the global community, and finding out they are all my mother.

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