I agree with everyone who has defended their net habits.
If you spent this much time reading books in a library, you would be thought
of as "cultured, well read". Yet, doing the same in the comfort of your own home,
your some kind of "freak" according to that article. The last time I checked, not a
great deal of socialising is done in the library, where "be quiet or leave" is the motto.
Online, you can be researching a subject/news item that interests you in one window,
talking to a friend on MSN at the same time, while listening to music on Media Player.
With laptops and unwired broadband, you can also take your comp outdoors into the SUNSHINE and be amongst people. Laptops get as much attention as
DOGS in a park. People just have to come up and talk about what ya' doin.
I know people who read 3 newspapers from front to back, or magazines also, which
take hours everyday. Yet these people are classed as intellectual and again well read.
It seems to me like the article was written by the Pub/Bar/Casino industry.
I guess while people are doing something healthy, like expanding their minds, chating to like minded people and enjoying themselves, it must take away
from the hours spent per day in pubs, clubs, casinos spending the rent money and childrens food money on grog/alcohol and putting it through poker
As was said, its the most INEXPENSIVE hobby, and thats what it is, that is available
to us. I guess that must make a lot of resentful, especially business/corporate folks who are always trying to sell you something.
The net RULES.