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Probably worse. People need to socialize in real life. However, I bet it does have a nice support system, (sometimes) gives you a good laugh, and can be educational. There are a billion things wrong with the internet, and a billion things right. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The internet isn't the best place for true human interaction. but, who needs that anyways?
 

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Is this the sign of the eventual destruction of humans?<br><br>
We really haven't made much progress in the last hundred or so years have we?
 

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While browsing Veggieboards and checking 'What's Going On' I do sometimes wonder if some people have other things to do in their lives, not naming any names. But maybe the internet is a safer and more helpful environment for people to converse in.<br><br>
I don't own a computer, and I am relegated to using an iPhone, and this only gives meabout 4hrs browsing time from a 4hr recharge. That's why I only have a few posts, compared to many others, and my browser is oh so slow at times! Subsequently I don't spend anywhere near as much time using the net as others.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vincent</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2872373"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
While browsing Veggieboards and checking 'What's Going On' I do sometimes wonder if some people have other things to do in their lives, not naming any names. But maybe the internet is a safer and more helpful environment for people to converse in.<br><br>
I don't own a computer, and I am relegated to using an iPhone, and this only gives meabout 4hrs browsing time from a 4hr recharge. That's why I only have a few posts, compared to many others, and my browser is oh so slow at times! Subsequently I don't spend anywhere near as much time using the net as others.</div>
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I still have to tap my analogue phone to produce binary signals which are reinterpreted as posts, does that somehow make me technologically inferior?<br><br>
Also, in terms of a ratio, you've been using this board for at a month or two and posted 47 times... I've been here for about 9 and posted around 100... you seem prolific in comparison. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>vincent</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2872373"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
While browsing Veggieboards and checking 'What's Going On' I do sometimes wonder if some people have other things to do in their lives, not naming any names. But maybe the internet is a safer and more helpful environment for people to converse in.<br><br>
I don't own a computer, and I am relegated to using an iPhone, and this only gives meabout 4hrs browsing time from a 4hr recharge. That's why I only have a few posts, compared to many others, and my browser is oh so slow at times! Subsequently I don't spend anywhere near as much time using the net as others.</div>
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I feel like I spend a sizeable amount of time on VB lately, but there's no way I spend 4 hours on the Internet!!! I usually log on for ten minutes or so at a time, several times a day.
 

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Both, I think. For many it's afforded them the opportunity to connect, where previously they were more socially isolated. There are a LOT of people out there who aren't comfortable in social settings or who don't make friend easily. But for others, yeah, there's definitely an element of isolation. I know I have fewer "real life" friends now, although I'm far from a hermit.<br><br>
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To be fair, I work in front of my computer all day anyway, and irregular hours, too. Forums are just a click away when I'm taking a break.<br>
Also, I met my boyfriend online (we live together now), so the internet definitely doesn't always make a person lonelier.
 

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But, without all of the wonderful things on the internet, I won't have anything to talk about with my real-life friends!<br><br>
Be honest... didn't you have a great time with your real life friends because of "two girls and a cup?"<br><br>
(If you don't know what I'm talking about, invite some friends over, crack open some beer, and Google it.)
 

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I don't think the internet has the power to make someone's life better or worse. It's no different than beer or casinos. In moderation they're all fine. But some people can use the internet (or alcohol, or gambling) too much until it becomes a crutch.<br><br>
That said, I do think the internet makes it possible for people to socialize with online friends instead of putting that time and energy towards real life relationships. On the other hand, the internet can be a place to meet people with similar interests that you just don't have in real life. Let's say you have a great family and friendships but don't know any vegetarians, so hey lets go talk on VB! So it can make loneliness better OR worse, depending on the situation.
 

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Btw, I like this topic being brought up as I've problems/challenges in bringin to life in the 3D world the friendships online, and that can be frustrating as hell sometimes to decide whether to keep or dump certain people, put bluntly. To sustain in hope that something you once had time and patience for, can become something markedly different. Or challenged to say the least.. Depending on how switched on friends are first of all, and of course how compulsorily busy are their lives compared to ones own. Hard to overcome if either person is therefore unable to pay much attention. Etc.. ET CETERA.<br><br>
Ps, I get to be lonely PLENTY, but I know even so I have to keep things real even online for the good of improving my lot offline as I do not like conventional ways to meet people a whole bunch. Social pressures are often just a crock of sch!te, so I steer clear of pubs/clubs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> Don't need drink to meet people ta very much.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Rainbows</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2872365"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Is this the sign of the eventual destruction of humans?<br><br>
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I think that's a bit harsh of a prediction.<br><br>
I think the internet (and any fiber optic-based technology that has made global/worldwide communication so readily available) has shown the tremendous progress humans can accomplish!<br><br>
Think of how people were getting their news a hundred years ago! Nowadays, if there is a disaster in [any country here] the rest of the planet is sure to know about it within 12 hours. If that's not progress, I don't know <i>what</i> is.<br><br>
If you choose to sit in front of your computer and bicker with people on message boards or play World of Warcraft in your mom's basement all day, that's <i>your</i> prerogative.
 

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I don't think the internet has the power to make someone's life better or worse. It's no different than beer or casinos. In moderation they're all fine. But some people can use the internet (or alcohol, or gambling) too much until it becomes a crutch.<br><br>
That said, I do think the internet makes it possible for people to socialize with online friends instead of putting that time and energy towards real life relationships. On the other hand, the internet can be a place to meet people with similar interests that you just don't have in real life. Let's say you have a great family and friendships but don't know any vegetarians, so hey lets go talk on VB! So it can make loneliness better OR worse, depending on the situation.</div>
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I agree, there's really no one answer to this question. It depends on the person.<br><br>
I know for me the internet has helped a tremendous amount with my social life. I tend to feel awkward or anxious meeting new people face to face and the internet is a nice buffer zone for that, it allows me to get to know people in a safer feeling way until I'm more comfortable interacting in person.<br><br>
I've met so many friends online I never would have known otherwise, and I've been invited to a lot of parties and social events through Facebook I never would have known about too. It's also helped me to get to know some acquaintances who I now consider some of my best friends. Plus I met my last two boyfriends online (and I'm currently living with and very much in love with the current one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)<br><br>
Plus being able to chat on VB and other places online is a <i>lifesaver</i> during work, I'm stuck on a computer for 8-10 hours a night in a dark silent room doing fairly easy monkey work that doesn't take up a lot of my time so being able to talk to people here is just awesome.<br><br>
It really is all in how you use it. If you use the internet to retreat from the real world then sure it increases isolation and loneliness, but if you use it to meet people who you then <i>actually talk to in real life</i> it does just the opposite. I'm thanking my lucky stars that I'm a weird nerd in 2011 rather than 1911, I wouldn't have had half the friendships I have now.
 

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That said, I do think the internet makes it possible for people to socialize with online friends instead of putting that time and energy towards real life relationships. On the other hand, the internet can be a place to meet people with similar interests that you just don't have in real life. Let's say you have a great family and friendships but don't know any vegetarians, so hey lets go talk on VB! So it can make loneliness better OR worse, depending on the situation.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> When I first went vegan I didn't know any other vegans and I found it very isolating.
 

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The instancy of the the internet certainly makes people more impatient and needy, and encourages control freaks. I think we can all tell when we've had too much internet for the day, however, and all it takes is saying no and knowing when to go outside, something lots of people have trouble with.<br><br>
I don't think it really helps with loneliness in that way, because it just causes anxiety that you don't get instant replies when you CAN. You need to go outside and meet real people, talking to people online is an erstaz experience.
 

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I think that's a bit harsh of a prediction.<br><br>
I think the internet (and any fiber optic-based technology that has made global/worldwide communication so readily available) has shown the tremendous progress humans can accomplish!<br><br>
Think of how people were getting their news a hundred years ago! Nowadays, if there is a disaster in [any country here] the rest of the planet is sure to know about it within 12 hours. If that's not progress, I don't know <i>what</i> is.<br></div>
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I would say that's not progress at all. I think the level of humanity was a lot higher prior to high speed communication. People's obsession with instant everything has removed us from how our senses, our brains and our emotions actually function.<br><br>
It's why everyone is so messed up these days...
 

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It's silly to credit technology with friendship or lack of it. People create or solve their own problems. Should we not send or receive letters, because writing is an indirect communication? Is not the spoken word- language itself- an invention, a technology?<br><br>
Personally, I think it's great to be able to speak to people all over the world who, without the internet, I would never get to know.
 

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I would say that's not progress at all. I think the level of humanity was a lot higher prior to high speed communication. People's obsession with instant everything has removed us from how our senses, our brains and our emotions actually function.<br><br>
It's why everyone is so messed up these days...</div>
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"'Theses days"?? Are you implying that people didn't suffer from mental problems 100 years ago? (Hint: they did a lot of lobotomies back then....)
 
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