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I'd read enough blog posts and magazine articles and books about how the internet makes us lonely, or stupid, or lonely and stupid, that I'd begun to believe them. I wanted to figure out what the internet was "doing to me," so I could fight back. But the internet isn't an individual pursuit, it's something we do with each other. The internet is where people are.
THE INTERNET ISN'T AN INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT, IT'S SOMETHING WE DO WITH EACH OTHER
My last afternoon in Colorado I sat down with my 5-year-old niece, Keziah, and tried to explain to her what the internet is. She'd never heard of "the internet," but she's huge on Skype with the grandparent set. I asked her if she'd wondered why I never Skyped with her this year. She had.
"I thought it was because you didn't want to," she said.
With tears in my eyes, I drew her a picture of what the internet is. It was computers and phones and televisions, with little lines connecting them. Those lines are the internet. I showed her my computer, drew a line to it, and erased that line.
"I spent a year without using any internet," I told her. "But now I'm coming back and I can Skype with you again."
When I return to the internet, I might not use it well. I might waste time, or get distracted, or click on all the wrong links. I won't have as much time to read or introspect or write the great American sci-fi novel.
But at least I'll be connected.
Originally posted by Elvis Hendrix
It makes you wonder if she suffererd any side effects because of her cold turkey approach. Im sure i read somewhere that as little as a month away from the internet, cause the pineal gland to swell up to the size of a small baboon.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
I have gone periods without even a computer much less Net access.
It's not a big deal as infinity goes, but I do confess things could get boring more often as I loathe TV and that's not a feasible option (nothings on anyway).
Books and other forms of time dumping only go so far as well, especially considering that I personally need a lot of variety and can never stick to a single thing for very long.
I think I ended up just doing what I normally do minus the computer for the most part. My thinking patterns haven't altered much beyond average or anything like that.
It does suck to not have wiki-google to research answers to more difficult specific questions however.
So yeah I am happy and thankful to have such a awesome technology as this, despite it's shortcomings.
Originally posted by Lulzaroonie
I had heard that more people are suffering poor general knowledge recall, because no-one bothers to remember facts anymore, they just nip online on their phones or laptops and check or ask the question on Google.
Originally posted by Tranceopticalinclined
The internet is the sum of the human conscious collective all in one place.
Originally posted by applesthateatpeople
Sitting in a chair for hours at a time is a weakness. None of you are prepared for anything.