Foo - nothing left on the Internet...
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12-10-07, 11:16 AM
I can remember when I first started using the internet years ago and how addicting it became. Like many people, I found I could spend countless hours on the web. In fact, it was a great source of pleasure and entertainment for me. Today the internet leaves me cold. It's almost like comparing cycling for fitness and recreation to cycling commuting. While I like to ride....the trip to and from work is not exactly a pleasure ride. I use the internet daily too but I don't get the same enjoyment from it that I did. Am I alone in feeling this way?
You just need to find something that interests you.
12-10-07, 11:19 AM
12-10-07, 11:27 AM
Yeah....there is seldom anything 'new' anymore. 5 or more years ago there were still 'new' things all the time which made it 'exciting'.
Outside of BF which is a time waster at certain times for me....the internet is mostly use for information.
12-10-07, 11:30 AM
dauph, I sometimes feel the same way. I guess that, for me, when it was still so new, it was fascinating to look for information, just to see what was out there, and to be amazed when I could actually find it. And when it wasn't there, I then had hope that it would be someday. Now we expect any tidbit of information we desire to show up on at least one hit.
Sometimes, uncertainty is more exciting and interesting than predictability. ;)
Hmmm - I see it as the opposite. Most of the cutesy innovative stuff was interesting for under a minute. Now I'm addicted to blogs about a variety of topics and other more interactive avenues. I guess, yeah, information is the biggest part but I always saw it as a tool so it still fits into that paradigm.
12-10-07, 12:08 PM
They've got p0rn!
^^^^^ He is right you know?
12-10-07, 12:28 PM
What do you mean by "pleasure"?
12-10-07, 12:35 PM
The one I dread now is the person who is new to the interweb, and has your email address.:eek: The set-up poster that comes with new computers should explain that there is no requirements to forward chain letters, pass along inspirational messages, or share the picture of the kid with the skid-marked underwear on his head with everybody you know.
12-10-07, 12:41 PM
My perspective was very opposite. I thought internet was the wallmart of communications. I remembers when I ran a multi node bbs and all 2000 members were active, friends and came out to the monthly parties. Internet hit (originally it was paid access to newsgroups) and your little groups expanded expodentially based on the newsgroup your brought in. I was an early user of internet for piracy (Lynx etc) and porn distro (I was a hub when I was a much younger very singled kid) however when the internet went gui, that small community disbanded within 4 months leaving for the internet.
I outright refused to use the internet for several years and watched my friends become more and more entwined, in fact one of them is now a social invalid, fully incapable of maintaining conversation outside of chat rooms and programs. The internet was a depressing sad place of fake communication and people ruining their lives.
Now, people have adapted for the most part, use it for a tool and live normal lives. Those people still living virtually through the internet make me sad. Its probably why I don't put much credence in "online friends"...I still find the internet very fickle and fake for the most part, but I did finally begin enjoying it for what it was, a tool.
I ended up doing a case study for highschool sociology back in the early days, while I was bitter and scorned, a lot of those views still hold. I still find it very depressing if people live their lives through the e-worlds they create. Maybe I enjoy being social too much, but I can't enjoy my primary socializing being through text or video. I enjoy meeting people and judging them the old fashioned way, you can't fake first impressions (as long as you have developed the social skills to judge first impressions)
I still feel bad for my friend...at 27 he was still a virgin (not by choice) and finally picked up his first chick. His first experience with sex was online, and he swore he wasn't a virgin anymore....THAT is sad.
12-10-07, 12:44 PM
Oh I have never had the problem of not being able to stop, I always got bored pretty quickly. I learned early that most of the info was bull**** and could be faked. Its a good resource to build resources, but fact based on opinion, is not fact. Its MSNBC. Besides, I enjoyed getting laid, its hard to meet good local women online, and its even harder to pickup good looking ones. I always did better at the local bar or pub, heck even the library. The women I did meet online (in my single years) I always insisted on meeting right away. I never did play that online game.
Man, reading through all that makes me miss my bbs days sometimes, heck even the early days of this site. I posted a long time ago, why I loved bikeforums, in its day, it was the intimacy of it. Video killed the radio, internet killed the bbs...
I learned early that most of the info was bull**** and could be faked. Its a good resource to build resources, but fact based on opinion, is not fact.
I don't trust any mainstream media anymore. If I'm going to get news let me get it from two different sources with different bias - the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Most of what I read for opinions and information do a great job of referencing their source so it's very easy to trace where it's coming from.
12-10-07, 01:11 PM
There's still a lot of interesting stuff out there, I just get bored. Kinda like having a 1000 TV channels.
[root@internet:~]# rm -rf /
Now there's nothing left.
12-10-07, 05:56 PM
The internet certainly has grown, and changed, there was a time I was more interested in dialing into a bbs and it was a nice community today, well bulletin boards seemed to have faded out of existence unless the transition was online and a similar variation of bulletin boards were found on websites. I still find the internet to be a place of interest, existence online, that I know nothing about. I would rather ride a bike then sit and say nothing in what is irc or instant messaging.
Ride On (http://bike-journeys.blogspot.com)...Into the future...the super highway with a bike lane.
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