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Is the internet changing us?

http://www.smh.com.au/executive-styl...212-1ar53.html

Scary. I'm online all day. I Skype my husband to meet me for lunch and what to bring home from the shops. I couldn't do my job without Google and I post on a forum where I don't have the time to get to know anyone in person. I think that I am a lot nicer in person than I come across on this forum too :-)

Has the Internet changed you? Are you the same in real life as your EF persona?

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Old 19.02.2011, 00:21
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

I've noticed it's changed a few people I know personally ... they tend to skip around from one thing to the next without finishing them. I've found it useful - I can vent frustrations safely, in a different forum, where I can receive support from people who agree that nutella is a foul, noxious substance that is destroying society.
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Old 19.02.2011, 00:28
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I don't know what all the fuss is about.

My attention span, for example, hasn't changed at all since I discovere
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Old 19.02.2011, 00:40
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

..d that Smirnoff Vodka was not related to Cunnilingus nor an Irish airline, but was
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

Internet didn't change me, but it has given me a vast possibility to understand, learn and *meet people* I would never have had without it.

there's only you who can change you.
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Old 19.02.2011, 09:31
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

Definitely it has changed house wives these days. I was surprised seeing my wife baking a cake yesterday in one hand iPhone connected to YouTube online recipe (someone screaming and explaining it there step by step) and in other hand spoon.
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Old 19.02.2011, 09:49
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

I think that there is a lot of truth in the article, especially the fact that a lot people vent feelings that they would probably not do face to face (one would hope).

Incidentally, I am sure that the first commenter after the article is one of our regulars in disguise ... just can't decide which one!
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Incidentally, I am sure that the first commenter after the article is one of our regulars in disguise ... just can't decide which one!
I instantly thought that was DB
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I instantly thought that was DB
(me too ....!!)
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

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Re: Is the internet changing us?

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As a consequence of adopting these traits, we feel more potent, special, and spontaneous....


Fueled by grandiose, narcissistic, and impulsive notions, it is easier online to feel as special, deserving, and immune....
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i did feel that this was a trait of some of our members.. that spend a LOT of time on here..
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Old 19.02.2011, 11:54
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

With regard to this bit, I think it isn't only the "anonymity of the internet" which has "allowed" this progression:

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I have noticed that some people say things online that they would never say when they are actually talking to someone face to face. Itís there in some of the comments posted on blogs, itís there in chat rooms. The anonymity of the Net allows people to be a lot nastier. The question is whether all that is actually changing their personality, whether it influences who we become and how we interact with others when we're offline as well.
I think it is the combination of the internet with the ever popular "Shock Jock" radio talk shows and reality TV "stars" and how they treat people which somehow makes folk in general feel comfortable being as nasty as they want. While there certainly has always been some cantankerous curmudgeonly individuals, I think there are more of them now.

Couple that with the more strict view with regard to physical violence and you have what we have... people who say what they like without fear of getting a swift pop in the teeth for not knowing when to keep their damn mouth shut. (Or the knowledge that if they DO get popped in the mouth, the other "guy" will be in worse trouble.) Why exactly is it more alright to rip someone's psyche to shreds than it is to give someone who says vile nasty things a nice fat lip?

Oh yeah, it's because "society" says so.
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Old 19.02.2011, 12:59
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

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With regard to this bit, I think it isn't only the "anonymity of the internet" which has "allowed" this progression:



I think it is the combination of the internet with the ever popular "Shock Jock" radio talk shows and reality TV "stars" and how they treat people which somehow makes folk in general feel comfortable being as nasty as they want. While there certainly has always been some cantankerous curmudgeonly individuals, I think there are more of them now.

Couple that with the more strict view with regard to physical violence and you have what we have... people who say what they like without fear of getting a swift pop in the teeth for not knowing when to keep their damn mouth shut. (Or the knowledge that if they DO get popped in the mouth, the other "guy" will be in worse trouble.) Why exactly is it more alright to rip someone's psyche to shreds than it is to give someone who says vile nasty things a nice fat lip?

Oh yeah, it's because "society" says so.
Yes, I agree with you. On internet people loose up and jump the other side of the fence. In society we learn to be nice, polite and respectful, but for many, internet gives this idea that it doesn't exist anymore, that it doesn't apply anymore.

Someone can be mean, provocative, disrespectful, bully, even stalker and no one will stop him/her. It is us, as a group to put the limits and those limits have to be enforce by those who are in charge of the moderation of a forum, group, etc. If those don't apply the rules, it becomes tolerated and accepted behavior.
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Old 19.02.2011, 13:29
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

Nope. Im the same in the forum as in real life
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Old 19.02.2011, 14:43
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

Not been able to read link, but I'll state my 2 raps...

Yes the internet has changed the way society functions and massively.

One of the biggest potential challenges or threats - if you want to be melodramatic - is the eroding of parental authority. Before you think "whateva'", think on this.

When you were growing up, what was the single source of your information, guidance, role modelling etc.? For better or worse, it was - with exceptions of course - your parents.

Now, you can challenge everything your parents tell you with a couple of taps on your smart phone. You can completely by-pass them.
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When you were growing up, what was the single source of your information, guidance, role modelling etc.?
My mates' older brothers...
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

since the internet, my attention span has decreased from around 5 minutes, to around 15 seconds.
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Old 19.02.2011, 15:20
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Re: Is the internet changing us?

I agree attention span has decreased. I'm reading posts on the EF, while I'm still waiting until online movie is fully buffered, at the same time my wify reads on other iPhone some stories and is yelling something weird in my ear. I cannot focus because I answer Skype messages and I'm pressed at the same time... so what was topic again?
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Old 19.02.2011, 15:26
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Internet didn't change me, but it has given me a vast possibility to understand, learn and *meet people* I would never have had without it.

there's only you who can change you.
Absolutely. The internet doesn't change us but it has opened up many possibilities to do things differently.

One area is the instant access to information. That is generally beneficial.

The downside can be 'information overload' or the sharing of superficial information. I am as guilty of this as anyone else.

The other major change is how we interact socially. On the plus side it enables easy and cheap communication between friends and relatives around the world. The negative effect is that this may be at the expense of meeting people or talking to friends and relatives.

I am sure that many people have a different personality online to their 'normal' personality. The differences may be small but are there. With the internet there is no body language and we often rely on smilies or text speak to convey our mood. Internet communication is rarely as spontaneous as verbal. There is usually time to think before typing a response. The internet doesn't usually give a way your true feelings in the way that a face to face conversation does.

Overall, I consider it to be a great resource with the benefits more than outweighing the downsides.
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Is the internet changing us?

It has certainly removed the evolutionary advantage of tall teenagers over shorter ones regarding the top shelf at the newsagents
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