How has the internet changed your life?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I was sitting here working on a project that requires intervention every 5 minutes or so. in other words, it's extrememly boring but i have to sit here and wait, and i started to think about how annoying this would be if it weren't for the internet.



while i sit here waiting for each scan to finish, i have a world of information at my fingertips.



at these boards alone i'm exposed to dozens of opinions and world views that i never would have had otherwise.



i can research topics at the drop of a hat that would have taken me hours and hours to find at a library. suddenly, amazingly complex information is available on a casual basis.



so how as the 'net affected your life?



(this all kicked off as i posted an image of "Puff the Magic Dragon" in the image association thread. i saw Puff with his cloud of smoke, and thought to myself how niave kids are. sorry, mind is wandering)

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    Without the internet it would be much harder to check my email.
  • Reply 2 of 13
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    without the internet, i doubt i'd have been as emphatic about following programming. the ol' inet made it really easy for me to learn new languages, and get tutorials and things. i'd have probably ended up being a writer, painter, or some kind of artist (perish the thot). i also wouldn't have become as close to some of my 'real life' friends, or atleast not in the same manner, without the net. and most importantly: i may never have learned about lady Salvia without the internet.
  • Reply 3 of 13
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    I would get more work done. I would be in better shape. I would be more socially active. I would pay more attention to school (not a good thing, IMO).



    I would know less about the world. My thought processes would be less refined. I wouldn't have known that Bahrain was actually a country. I wouldn't have so much music at my command.



    And I would also have a very hard time checking my e-mail.



    I give the internet a negative net life impact without the music. But when the music is factored in it's definitely far into the positive.
  • Reply 4 of 13
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    Salvia..? I heard mixed reports on that..



    But anywho... The internet is amazing. If I ever have to use my computer without a connection it totally takes me by surprise. I don't even think about it anymore, just click Mail to check mail, working on homework.. take a quick break for a round on some message boards. Without the internet computers would be about 60% as cool as they are.



    And mostly, if it weren't for the internet, I'd probably have more than 3 and a half hours of sleep before I go into class tomorrow...







  • Reply 5 of 13
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    oh man, how could i have forgotten. the #1 thing where the internet has completely ruled......?



    pr0n.



    man, my younger cousin has no idea how touch it was to get pr0n as a kid. you had to know someone, or find it on the street etc.



    now? you can just click on a few web pages and away you go. anonymous (relatively), cheap and endless. everything you could ever want in pr0n.
  • Reply 6 of 13
    mimacmimac Posts: 871member
    Yea, with the internet anyone can be a prOn star!

    Check out some of the webcam communities, some freaky sh!t going on there



    Suppose I'd have more exercise, more money and better eyesight without the 'net
  • Reply 7 of 13
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    Don't forget the anonymous slandering!



    Barto
  • Reply 8 of 13
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    I will never get to know the football results real time, and of course meet friends through ICQ.
  • Reply 9 of 13
    gargoylegargoyle Posts: 660member
    I'm a web designer... Without the internet i would prolly be a doleite scumbag!!! Or maybe I am exaggerating a bit.



    Although, without the net I would have prolly written more than 5 lines of HTML/PHP this morning... ahh well back to work...maybe



    (Note, add lazy into there cos I cant be bothered to use one of the millions of free dictionaries to check that I spelt exaggerating correctly.... it looks funny. )
  • Reply 10 of 13
    rodukroduk Posts: 706member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MiMac

    Yea, with the internet anyone can be a prOn star!

    Check out some of the webcam communities, some freaky sh!t going on there



    Suppose I'd have more exercise, more money and better eyesight without the 'net




    I'm not sure about having more money without the net, magazines and videos add up over a period of time, whereas on the net you can get as much free prOn as you want (so I've been told)



    One good thing about the net is that you don't have to trudge around the shops anymore. Groceries can be bought online and delivered to your home. I can order DVDs from Hong Kong cheaper than buying them in my local high street, including delivery. Even larger items like washing machines and televisions can be reviewed and compared on the net, making the process of buying them locally a lot quicker.
  • Reply 11 of 13
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    definatly wouldn't be as smart...the internet is a source of knowledge where i've learned almost everything i know about hardware and software. Also i learn about other things like science from servers like communication of knowledege on carracho. The internet can be used to look up almost anythign FAST...thanks to google.





    i wouldn't have known all of you (some good some bad there)



    AI is part of my life though, its fun to come here talk to people, but the best part is learning from here and having a view of diverse opinions
  • Reply 12 of 13
    Without the internet I wouldn´t know so much about the internet.



    And the e-mail thing.



    I would believe in Habermas a lot more.



    I would have a computer with floppy drive.
  • Reply 13 of 13
    curiousuburbcuriousuburb Posts: 3,325member
    great references



    http://www.imdb.com/ ~ the movie database

    http://www.allmusic.com/ ~ the music database

    http://www.mapquest.com/ ~ the map database

    http://www.earthviewer.com/ ~ the terrain database

    http://profanisaurus.com/profanisaurus/ ~ the bad language database

    http://www.yourdictionary.com/ ~ the good language database

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/ ~ the other language translator



    http://archive.org/ ~ all things yesteryear including the "old internet"

    http://www.google.com/advanced_search.html ~



    more later
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