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I am in a new city.  I see a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl dressed in a dress that matches her eyes.  I fall heads over heels and fall in love with her!  Well, I would've, except I saw 1000s of photographs of even more beautiful girls on the Internet.

 

I read an article about how the bees are disappearing.  I thought I was educated, intelligent, and had something to bring to the social party.  But then, it turns out everyone already read something simlar on some blog or forum they read.

 

I got a brand new car for $22,000.  A steal!  I bargained the salesman out of his boots.  But then... Everyone already used the Internet to find the MSRP and figure it out.  Likewise, the deal I got on my coat at TJ Maxx.... Someone got it cheaper on Amazon!  WTF!!!!!!

 

I fell in love with a girl... She had to make a tough choice to go to London for graduate studies or stay with me............. She chose London.... 5 years later, we bumped into each other in the coffee shop.... It was so romantic... Except we already kept in touch with Facebook.......

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I remember life before the Internet as we know it, and its really not as bad as some people want to make it out to be.

I respect what my dad says about wanting to make a phone call every once in a while to stay in touch. I thought about this hard because I remember when was that the most realistic way to stay in touch with family that lives no where near you. I told him the other day that if it wasn't for facebook, I would not know what some of my cousins kids even look like.

Even though I catch my dad on my mom's facebook wall since she's friends with some of his family, there is something in a conversation that cannot truely be conved with a facebook "like" or even SMS. I can take a day off from the Internet, no problem. The issue with keeping my cell phone off is what if something happens and my family tries to get in touch with me?

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Some of the examples you use make me think that you are saddened by the fact that other "Internet" better than you. :D

 

Yes, many more people have access to "disappearing bees" or better sale prices but ti's not all the same. I can probably find a better disappearing bee article from The Atlantic or New Yorker than the 3 paragraphs that CNN gives me. I can probably find a cheaper coat somewhere other than Amazon or Zappos but I trust them to get it to me fast and, if there's anything wrong, make me whole. 

 

No, the Internet Age is awesome but it's also important not to lose our humanity in the process. 

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I miss a lot of aspects of it. It's made people even lazier and stupid than they already are, and we are missing out on life because we are too busy keeping connected with everyone

The business world especially, too plugged in. There is no separation anymore

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I miss a lot of aspects of it. It's made people even lazier and stupid than they already are, and we are missing out on life because we are too busy keeping connected with everyone

 

I'll buy this. People think that because they read a few paragraphs on a subject (from one perspective usually) that they are "informed". 

 

The one thing the Internet did was it made it cheap to publish, therefore what used to be reserved for people who researched and polished their writing is now open to basically open to anyone. 

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I'll buy this. People think that because they read a few paragraphs on a subject (from one perspective usually) that they are "informed". 

 

The one thing the Internet did was it made it cheap to publish, therefore what used to be reserved for people who researched and polished their writing is now open to basically open to anyone.

Hence several recent political movements where a bunch of losers at life and teenagers pretend to be economists

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I'll buy this. 

 

Are they really any worse than before?

if a idiot speaks in the forest where no one hears are they less of a idiot?

 

Does agreeing with a internet poster diminish your intelligence?  ;)

 

Lazy and stupid are not cured by technology,but rather more exposed.

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Nope. Don't miss it.

Without it i'd be in a job I hate, doing something I don't like, miserable. My life would be 100% different, and considering how much i like where it is, i have to think it would be pretty bad.

I am one who's talents have been allowed to prosper simply due to it's invention.

~Bang

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There are some things I miss, but some things that I love about having the internet (many mentioned already).

 

I'm no fan of the short attention span over-sharing aspects of it, although it does allow me to post some interesting material.

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Are they really any worse than before?

if a idiot speaks in the forest where no one hears are they less of a idiot?

 

Does agreeing with a internet poster diminish your intelligence?  ;)

 

Lazy and stupid are not cured by technology,but rather more exposed.

You're right, they aren't any worse than before BUT now the forest around the idiots have been cut down. 

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I miss a lot of aspects of it. It's made people even lazier and stupid than they already are, and we are missing out on life because we are too busy keeping connected with everyone

The business world especially, too plugged in. There is no separation anymore

 

I hate the fact that I can be sitting in a beach house on the Fourth of July and get a work email from some maniac who never stops. It's pretty much impossible to turn off the world, especially because there will always be people who do not want you to turn it off.

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At times, yes. the Internet as caused various social issues in many folks like FOMO syndrome (fear of missing out), pornography addiciton resulting in unrealistic expectations when it comes to women (obviously porn existed before the internet, but now just a click away...), and people putting more effort into their online personas than in real life.

 

Zoony put it best - people are missing out of life because we are too busy staying connected with everything/everyone.

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I hate the fact that I can be sitting in a beach house on the Fourth of July and get a work email from some maniac who never stops. It's pretty much impossible to turn off the world, especially because there will always be people who do not want you to turn it off.

I just went down to a resort in Mexico and wifi was limited to the lobby and it was really slow. That was nice to semi-unplug. 

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Not really...I have flashbacks of Dewey Decimal Systems and card catalogs and I don't miss those.  Quicker answers to random questions, etc.

 

That being said, I don't really like how reliant I am on it.  I still use Yahoo mail (I know, just shut up) and it went through a massive outage last month.  Since I receive bill notices and do a fair amount of communication via e-mail, that sucked.

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I miss the time before smartphones more. It's sad to see a group of people at a restaurant all having dinner together but miles away from each other, the glow of their screens shinning off their bloodshot eyeballs.

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Just decided a couple of days ago to remove the *internet* computer out of my work environment.  I have a work computer that I hook up to the net when needed.  I now limit my use to a couple times a day.  I have been a lot more productive and thus have been a lot happier.

 

I am a musician, and once I moved out the internet computer, the beginning of a short story appeared on my work computer relatively quickly.  I was amazed and very happy.

 

I am addicted to football news, rotoworld, twitter, etc.  That is all I look at besides the stories I see here in the tailgate.  I must know the big stories before my friends.  But, that is no more.  Not important.

 

I will say that the internet has been great at helping me fix my truck the last 6 months.  I move the computer to the garage and work away.

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I'm split on it. On one hand if you need something like an odd part or something it's way easier to get world wide. But my hobby is vinyl records. Since E-bay and various record sites now everyone knows what they're worth like at flea markets thrift stores etc. The prices have sky rocketed.Also everybody with a Lawrence Welk record thinks it's worth $100.00. Very few deals to be found now as compared to even 10 years ago.

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