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TOPIC: The effect of the internet on the latest generation?

The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 12 Jul 2013 23:33 #1

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How long has the internet existed? Less than 20 years right, which isn't really a long time.

But the internet has totally changed every facet of our lives since then, & I mean totally..

I was talking to my (20yr old) son just earlier, telling him that in my opinion life for kids was on the whole better without it, because they (we) used to go out and do things...play outside and interact properly with the world. But now children just seem to spend their lives online 24/7.

& my son can't seem to understand what I'm talking about, because he hasn't experienced any other way of life. It was nintendo/playstation etc when he was young, then the internet from then on.

Has the internet made life better for us all in general?

I'm not so sure. It has its advantages yes, but there is a real downside to it also in my opinion.

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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 12 Jul 2013 23:43 #2

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The internet has made things more convenient that's for sure. So much retail is done online now, I hardly buy anything from the shops anymore. Also, if it wasn't for the internet, I wouldn't be sitting in phe's living room right now :D
It does have it's downsides, but I kind of can't imagine life without it now. When the internet goes down in our house, it's like the end of the world! :O Well not quite but you know what I mean :chuckle:
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 12 Jul 2013 23:47 #3

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It can be seen to have given us little things, but to have taken bigger things in return.

Yes, nowadays I can google a fact I need to know when I want to; or "talk" to people all over the world; or buy/sell something at any time of day or night.

BUT, it can teach you not to bother going out into your world and meeting real people and having real experiences. We connect online, protest online, date online, learn how to cook or whatever online. But people are "pack animals" and without the pack interaction we don't really do well mentally and emotionally.

Youngsters seem to be somewhat "estranged" from happenings and consequences. They can watch real killing, real wars, real operations... it's all so much T.V. Means nothing. Doesn't shock. Happens all the time. (Try harder next time). As well, nothing seems to enrapture, either. Remember how the moon landings used to hold nations enthralled? What could even start to do that now?

It's like all new things - there's good and bad, give and take; but sometimes it can seem like there's much more bad than the bit of good given, and much more taken than the pittances given.

Kids are even estranged from knowing what we're talking about when this subject comes up. They haven't had the experience of before and after like we have.
"...Wyrde saves oft the man undoomed
if he undaunted be....". (Beowulf).

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths... Beautiful people do not just happen". (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross).


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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 12 Jul 2013 23:57 #4

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cantata wrote:
Kids are even estranged from knowing what we're talking about when this subject comes up. They haven't had the experience of before and after like we have.

That's a good point, kids are born into it, so it's normal to them... less personal interaction becoming a normal thing...
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 00:23 #5

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I seriously think one effect is that it makes people more humble.

They are exposed to so much and it puts things in perspective from a younger age... it can broaden their horizons in some respects.

I could be wrong ofc but that is my observation.
I remember the good old days, when 90+ year olds in nursing homes lived forever. Darn this pesky virus.

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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 00:30 #6

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novum wrote:
I seriously think one effect is that it makes people more humble.

They are exposed to so much and it puts things in perspective from a younger age... it can broaden their horizons in some respects.

I could be wrong ofc but that is my observation.

I don't know... I would say if anything it's made people nastier, I mean because of the anonymity factor, there's a lot of conflict and trolling on the internet... youtube arguments can be filled with bile and all kinds of name calling and that :D

I think it can broaden horizons, without the internet I might still be in my room playing games :chuckle:
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 00:43 #7

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diamondgeezer wrote:
Has the internet made life better for us all in general?

Yes, if kids wan't to be lazy and not play outside that's their personal choice.

Same as older people blaming the Net for them being anti social.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 00:48 #8

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cantata wrote:
It can be seen to have given us little things, but to have taken bigger things in return

^ That.

I love the internet, and of course I love this forum & all you guys on it, but its the darker side of what the internet has taken from our personal lives, and the quality of those personal lives that disturbes me.

The internet is now invading into everything, fact.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:05 #9

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I don't know... I would say if anything it's made people nastier, I mean because of the anonymity factor, there's a lot of conflict and trolling on the internet... youtube arguments can be filled with bile and all kinds of name calling and that :D

Yeah i meant what it does offline when we put the online posting stuff aside.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:09 #10

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diamondgeezer wrote:
cantata wrote:
It can be seen to have given us little things, but to have taken bigger things in return

^ That.

I love the internet, and of course I love this forum & all you guys on it, but its the darker side of what the internet has taken from our personal lives, and the quality of those personal lives that disturbes me.

The internet is now invading into everything, fact.

But there is good and bad with everything in life.

In reality the net can be just another addiction that if abused can lower a persons quality of life.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:10 #11

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novum wrote:
Yeah i meant what it does offline when we put the online posting stuff aside.

What do you mean? :chuckle:
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:16 #12

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Or wouldn't it be great if you reach through the Interwebz and punch Part of the message is hidden for the guests. Please log in or register to see it. in the face :hahano:
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:18 #13

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irrepressible wrote:
novum wrote:
Yeah i meant what it does offline when we put the online posting stuff aside.

What do you mean? :chuckle:

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I remember the good old days, when 90+ year olds in nursing homes lived forever. Darn this pesky virus.

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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:20 #14

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novum wrote:
irrepressible wrote:
novum wrote:
Yeah i meant what it does offline when we put the online posting stuff aside.

What do you mean? :chuckle:

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I'm serious :emb: what do you mean?
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:26 #15

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irrepressible wrote:

I'm serious :emb: what do you mean?

When people put aside their keyboard warrior persona (if they have one) ... what they actually feel and think in their head, thats what i mean. Youve seen more and you know more with the internet, it can make you feel more humble perhaps, smaller, something like that. It makes one aware of the vastness thats out there, perhaps more easily than was ever before possible, and more quickly.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:55 #16

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novum wrote:
. Youve seen more and you know more with the internet

Very true.

But does the internet make one's actual quality of life better? Mine,I don't think so personally, I preferred life back in the day when the internet didn't exist.

It was just less complicated lol...

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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 01:57 #17

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diamondgeezer wrote:
novum wrote:
. Youve seen more and you know more with the internet

Very true.

But does the internet make one's actual quality of life better? Mine,I don't think so personally, I preferred life back in the day when the internet didn't exist.

It was just less complicated lol...

:D

More real. The internet is no substitute for real life experiences.
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The effect of the internet on the latest generation? 13 Jul 2013 02:00 #18

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diamondgeezer wrote:
novum wrote:
. Youve seen more and you know more with the internet

Very true.

But does the internet make one's actual quality of life better? Mine,I don't think so personally, I preferred life back in the day when the internet didn't exist.

It was just less complicated lol...

:D

Wrong, you preferred life back in the day because you were young back in those day's....

Quality of life has nothing to due with the net...
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The internet is no substitute for real life experiences.

It is now phe, and there lies the problem.

I think most of us here understand that, so for us there is no problem with the internet/forums/etc etc as long as we don't let it become like that.

Not the case for the ones that really do live their lives online though is it...
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Wrong, you preferred life back in the day because you were young back in those day's....

Quality of life has nothing to due with the net...

:chuckle: No...that is really not the case....


Look at how the world was privacy-wise 20 years ago, compared to now.

Look at what you could get away with 20 years ago compared to now. Anywhere & everywhere... ;)

Computers & the internet have stolen our personal freedoms in many ways, fact.. ;)
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