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How has the internet changed you as a person?

sitteredsittered Registered User regular
edited July 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
Personally, when I joined my first forum five years ago (at age 13), I was not quite ready for the less than sunshiny dispositions of some of the posters.

Today I am 18, and I am definitely

A. more thick-skinned when it comes to criticism

B. more careful to think about what I say and write

C. less "OMG CHEEZ IS FUNNY LOLOLOLOL"

D. better at sandwiching my complete ideas between capitalized letters and periods.

I am especially proud of C.

I'm not saying only forums affect people, but forums are the places where people interact more often than not.

Thoughts, D&D?

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  • thorpethorpe Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    sittered wrote: »
    Personally, when I joined my first forum five years ago (at age 13), I was not quite ready for the less than sunshiny dispositions of some of the posters.

    Today I am 18, and I am definitely

    A. more thick-skinned when it comes to criticism

    B. more careful to think about what I say and write

    C. less "OMG CHEEZ IS FUNNY LOLOLOLOL"

    D. I sandwich my complete ideas between capitalized letters and periods.

    I am especially proud of C.

    I'm not saying only forums affect people, but forums are the places where people interact more often than not.

    Thoughts, D&D?

    Y'know...

    I think that its been exactly the same for me, really.

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  • Chaos TheoryChaos Theory Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I am a lot smarter (thanks to Wikipedia and forum debates, largely). Not only am I intellectually more capable, but I feel as though I approach all problems in general with more of an analytical mindset. I also have more opinions about more things. Generally you could say the internet has killed both my apathy and my stupidity.

    My writing is far better, and I can communicate my ideas more easily.

    My sense of humor is weirder.

    That's all I can think of. Of course, I don't know how much is from the internet and how much is from just growing up, but comparing myself to my less internet-prone friends, I'm fairly sure the above can largely be attributed to what I've seen, read, and done online.

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  • ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'm not sure, but I suspect it's not positive.

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  • RichyRichy Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I can't speak for the Internet in general, but this forum in particular has changed me.

    1) I've definitly become more knowledgeable in some topics... I've been able to hold my own in real-world conversations on topics I would normally know nothing about (Ayn Rand comes to mind) using information drawn from this forum.

    2) My religious convictions have been tampered. I used to be a pretty strong and sheltered Christian, and this forum has exposed me to a lot of new religious ideas and opinions I had not before encountered or seriously considered. This broadened my horizons and changed/softened some of my convictions.

    3) I certainly know more about crazy perverted sexual habits than before, and words such as "dark", "creepy", "wrong" and "OH MY GOD!" are used much more often to describe my sense of humour.

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    I've always been fairly smart, and at least smarter than the majority of people I hang around. Hanging around in EE (and now D&D) has really tempered that sense of intelligence, and any vanity that might have arisen from it.

    I've also calmed down a hell of a lot, but I figure that's a side effect of going from 21 to 27 than my time here.

    There's also the fact I've learned that not every forum on the internet is going to be a festering cess pool of stupidity and arrogance (fucking History Channel forums).

    Edit: Goatse. I'll never forgive this forum for unleasing Goatse and Tubgirl on me. Fuck you PA.

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  • fjafjanfjafjan Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    My sense of humor is weirder.


    That is for sure, and it was pretty strange before the internet aswell.

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar VChatter Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Eh.

    I got online when I was a 15, and spent countless hours chatting and RPing. So I basically grew up online.

    Which explains so much.

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  • Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    I was born into a completely non-religious household, and wasn't introduced to religion until I was in grade school. I didn't hate Christianity, I just thought it to be really silly.

    I can confidently say that the internet has made me absolutely hate Christianity. Not Christians, Christianity.

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  • AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    Eh.

    I got online when I was a 15, and spent countless hours chatting and RPing. So I basically grew up online.

    Which explains so much.

    I think this is a big part of it. I've been part of some sort of "online" community (a BBS before the internet in the form we know and love) since I was about 11 years old. That's more time on the internet than off it. I definitely feel I've grown in all the ways mentioned above, but is that a direct result of the internet's influence or just a natural part of growing up?

    Without the internet I'm confident I would have still developed communication skills, a more sophisticated sense of humour, a more active interest in the world around me, and so on. The internet just facilitated that.

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  • GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'm a good deal more skeptical than before. Most of my past religious insecurities/tendencies have been driven out of me. I'm a good deal more tolerant of other people. I've developed a mighty apathy towards things which would have bothered me in the past, so that kind of cuts both ways.

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  • ArgusArgus Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The Internet has fucked over my summers. I'll stay awake all night, just looking at random forums or news stories, and then completely screw up my sleep schedule where I'll do this routine: awake from 12 Noon to 6 AM. Sleep from 6 AM to 3 PM. Wake up, get back on the computer, stay awake until 2 AM. Wake up at 12, and do it all over again. This summer, especially, my days have been freely rotating to where I don't particularly know what day of the week it is, and sometimes the time of day if it weren't for the tool bar clock.

    I also agree with Chaos Theory a bit; thanks to forums, Wikpedia, and Google I'm a lot better at debating things on paper, and my sense of humor is darker.

    Another thing: I'm also a lot more pissed off with American politics; if it weren't for news-based websites like Digg and Slashdot, I wouldn't hear about half of the crap the Executive branch and Congress tries to pull, which worries me about the part of the American public that doesn't have the Internet and doesn't hear about these things in other ways.

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  • gundam470gundam470 Drunk Gorilla CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007

    Edit: Goatse. I'll never forgive this forum for unleasing Goatse and Tubgirl on me. Fuck you PA.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'm going with cynicism, with a helping of misanthropy.

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  • sitteredsittered Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Argus wrote: »
    The Internet has fucked over my summers. I'll stay awake all night, just looking at random forums or news stories, and then completely screw up my sleep schedule where I'll do this routine: awake from 12 Noon to 6 AM. Sleep from 6 AM to 3 PM. Wake up, get back on the computer, stay awake until 2 AM. Wake up at 12, and do it all over again.

    That is exactly what I do and, in fact, am doing now.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I have learned heaps from being around D&D. The range of discussion and the viewpoints presented has certainly made me more mindful of the world.

    Also everything in the OP really.

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  • kaz67kaz67 Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I think I have become more tolerant of opposing viewpoints as a result of spending time on the internet. Can't say for sure if its a result of growing older or time spent on the internet but I have also learned to choose my battle more wisely.

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  • Chaos TheoryChaos Theory Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    sittered wrote: »
    Argus wrote: »
    The Internet has fucked over my summers. I'll stay awake all night, just looking at random forums or news stories, and then completely screw up my sleep schedule where I'll do this routine: awake from 12 Noon to 6 AM. Sleep from 6 AM to 3 PM. Wake up, get back on the computer, stay awake until 2 AM. Wake up at 12, and do it all over again.

    That is exactly what I do and, in fact, am doing now.

    Thirded. I'm lucky I usually get afternoon shifts at work.

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  • sitteredsittered Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    sittered wrote: »
    Argus wrote: »
    The Internet has fucked over my summers. I'll stay awake all night, just looking at random forums or news stories, and then completely screw up my sleep schedule where I'll do this routine: awake from 12 Noon to 6 AM. Sleep from 6 AM to 3 PM. Wake up, get back on the computer, stay awake until 2 AM. Wake up at 12, and do it all over again.

    That is exactly what I do and, in fact, am doing now.

    Thirded. I'm lucky I usually get afternoon shifts at work.


    I find that you hit the wall roundabout 2:30 am, and then everything sort of melts together, probably owing to the brain's need for sleep to store memories. Proof of this need: I just tried to remember something I forgot before realizing that I had forgotten that I wasn't trying to remember anything...

    I'm getting a Dr. Pepper.

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  • VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'd like to praise myself in all the ways you have all done so already :).

    love the internet, love this forum... better at putting thoughts into words, better at debating and more importantly finding information, much more open minded. good stuff.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I spend a lot more time sitting on my ass than I ever did before the internet.

    Thanks, internet.

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  • MoridinMoridin Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Y'know, having been on the internet for 9 years...I have yet to be tricked into seeing tubgirl.

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  • Chaos TheoryChaos Theory Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    sittered wrote:
    I find that you hit the wall roundabout 2:30 am, and then everything sort of melts together, probably owing to the brain's need for sleep to store memories. Proof of this need: I just tried to remember something I forgot before realizing that I had forgotten that I wasn't trying to remember anything...

    I'm getting a Dr. Pepper.

    I think I get what you mean. It's sort of harder to gauge the passage of time this late. Seems that way, at least.

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  • MrBallbagginsMrBallbaggins Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I first got access to the internet when I was 11, and being homeschooled for 3 more years after that gave me a lot of time to spend on it. I've learned a lot. The most important of which would be:
    1) I'm not normal.
    2) Cliques do, in fact, exist on the internet. Try being a car nut in a Transformer forum. It just doesn't work,
    and when you point out that your hobby is being ridiculed by middle aged men talking about Optimus Prime all day, you're no longer welcome there.
    3) And most importantly, I can get out of this town and survive. There is intelligent life out there. God, I was so happy when I realized this.

    But it's changed me in that I used to have a very strict set of morals and beliefs. The internet has stripped me of most of these. I've also been desensitized to criticism, and thanks to p2p networks and wonderful sites like ogrish and consumption junction, extreme violence. It's also made it easier for me to understand others' point of views. Finally, it's given me a twisted sense of humor and I couldn't be happier with it. I don't think all these changes were just the internet, but I doubt I'd be the same person I am now without it. Living in a farming community with a total population of 1500, there's not a whole lot of culture outside of jacked up 4x4s and old country songs, and without the internet, I'm worried I may have turned into just another one of them.

    I love you guys - you've made me who I am today.

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  • TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Well, my first really marketable skills were developed in the course of just messing around with computers and the internet, so I owe my livelihood to it.

    And oddly enough, I can say with conviction that something I saw on GBStv dramatically changed my life.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Oh, I guess I probably masturbate a hell of a lot more than I would have without the internet. 24/7 access to limitless porn, and all.

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  • Aroused BullAroused Bull Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The things in the OP, I guess. I was young when I first got online, so I think most of it is more from maturity than from the internet conditioning me.
    The internet has actually probably improved my opinion of humanity overall, which of course is the opposite of what you'd expect. The average person is a pretty intelligent creature, when placed in the proper environment.

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  • Chaos TheoryChaos Theory Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    ArrBeeBee wrote: »
    The things in the OP, I guess. I was young when I first got online, so I think most of it is more from maturity than from the internet conditioning me.
    The internet has actually probably improved my opinion of humanity overall, which of course is the opposite of what you'd expect. The average person is a pretty intelligent creature, when placed in the proper environment.

    Never, ever go to 4chan.

    Also, I'd say the masturbation point AbsoluteZero made applies to me as well.

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  • GimGim a tall glass of water Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I'd like to think my taste in music has gotten better with the Internet. While that tends to get better by itself regardless, invisible opinions and recommendations as well as mp3s have made the whole process a good deal easier.

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  • sitteredsittered Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    ArrBeeBee wrote: »
    The things in the OP, I guess. I was young when I first got online, so I think most of it is more from maturity than from the internet conditioning me.
    The internet has actually probably improved my opinion of humanity overall, which of course is the opposite of what you'd expect. The average person is a pretty intelligent creature, when placed in the proper environment.

    Never, ever go to 4chan.

    Also, I'd say the masturbation point AbsoluteZero made applies to me as well.

    You said that, and then I was curious, so I went to 4chan. I appreciate all you guys now.

    And a big third on the masturbation point.

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  • TiemlerTiemler Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Never, ever go to 4chan.

    We don't go to Ravenchan...

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  • Chaos TheoryChaos Theory Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Tiemler wrote: »
    Never, ever go to 4chan.

    We don't go to Ravenchan...

    I would open up photoshop and run with this, but it's four in the morning.

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  • yalborapyalborap Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The internet hasn't just changed me. It has MADE ME. I first got onto a forum when I was ten. I have spent the following 5 years nearly constantly upon some forum or another.

    ...Now if that isn't a good reason to keep your kids away from the computer, I don't know what is.

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  • RhakaRhaka Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The internet raised me, educated me and introduced me to all sorts of nasty shit. I guess I'm a better person today than I was 6 years ago.

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  • IloroKamouIloroKamou Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I sorta grew up on the internet, having started playing starcraft and CS at about 11-12ish, and then moving on to various MMORPG's from there and then giving up computer games in general by now. And...I'm fully aware of the fact that it raised me, I accept it, and I'm actually really glad for it. It's exposed me to people from cultures all over the world, given me the ability to look at things from a number of different perspectives, and, like mentioned above, tempered and also fed my natural intelligence. Having spent the better part of half my life on the internet, I've come to the conclusion that it represents essentially the entire repository of human knowledge, and I try to take advantage of this as often as I can.

    Ironically, it also taught me that, for the most part, we're all the same, which has really had an effect on how I interact with other people. I'm pretty much shameless, I'm not nervous in social situations, and my comfort zone is nearly limitless...you just see so much random shit on the internet if you spend enough time on it that it becomes difficult to be caught off guard or taken aback by anything.

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  • sdrawkcaB emaNsdrawkcaB emaN regular
    edited July 2007
    Man, I don't know about the internet overall, but this forum has sure been awesome in my brief tenure here.

    It's certainly made me more liberal. I mean, I joke all the time about fascism, and sure I have all sorts of impulses that could not possibly be more tyrannical, but the thing about a forum like this is that you can't just idly spit out nonsense -- you have to be able to actually defend what you say. You have to look at what you write and think "is this logical? Is there evidence? What holes could be poked in this theory? Can it withstand The Cat's fury?" And you have to strip away the nonsense, refine your beliefs, and see what really makes sense.

    And what makes sense tends to be pretty liberal. I've definitely become way more feminist since I got here, that's for sure.

    And as to how much I masturbate -- I actually masturbated just as much even when I didn't have free access to the internet (9th/10th grade my parents didn't let me have it in my room). And I masturbate a lot. It's unhealthy.

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Agreeing with several people here :D :
    • I definitely used to have a more black and white view of the world. Abortion was wrong; gay marriage was wrong; I attended church a lot. That's all changed considerably. Occasionally I get a twinge of guilt because I admire people who are firm in their convictions, but overall it means I'm far more open-minded now. I've learned a tremendous amount.
    • On the downside, I'm far more cynical and have been exposed to a lot of things I'd have been better off not knowing about (bringing up certain topics in ordinary social circles gets you some strange looks, I'm telling you), and I now appreciate just how sordid, stupid and horrid the vast majority of the population is.
    • However, along with the bad, I've also been exposed to a lot of fantastic stuff that I'd never have found without the internet. I'm talking music, films, games, anime, books - all kinds of things. I can't praise online shopping sites and wikipedia and imdb enough; not to mention google. It's so ridiculously handy being able to satiate one's curiosity in a matter of minutes. It's so easy now to put a name to that TV show you vaguely remember watching as a child, or finding out what other books your favourite author wrote and where to buy them.
    • Likewise, although there are a lot of idiots on the internet (and it's also become easier to stalk people and harass them - I'm a lot more cautious now - there are some fantastic people too, and I've met a lot of cool people.

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  • JimmyJimmy __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2007
    I really got into the net when I was 14, so about 11 years ago. This was at my friends house whose parents never watched nor cared what we did. Needless to say I was exposed to some of the worst before I was 18. Ive learned that I cant really see extreme violence shit anymore because having to see it in the real world with work makes you not want to see it online. Sexually, there isnt much that I could see that would surprise me. I used to be real big into MIRC back when there were actually rooms to talk in and it wasnt all warez and illegal porn. Id like to think that the internet hasnt changed me so much as helped shape me into who I am now. Places like this are the few escapes I have where I can attempt to hold an intelligent conversation anymore, because the people Im surrounded with daily just cant handle them.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I grew up on the rough streets of the internet, I'll tell you, and it's thickened my skin. Insults don't phase me anymore. It's hard to believe that there was a time back around middle school that using swear words or saying "sex" in public used to shut my vocal chords down.

    Also, I now see the flaws in everything. There's a guy sitting at work here across from me (he can't see this screen, haha!) who seems to believe almost anything he reads, and he comes off as unbelievably naive to me. And it's all because on the internet, there's never an agreement on anything. You can put out any argument you want, and it will get torn apart, whether you're right or not. And then you have to put it back together from the tattered remains that are left.

    It's probably taken my already liberal, agnostic self and enforced those traits.

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  • FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The internet has made me brutally cynical about most things.

    Also, i find myself writing real pen and ink letters to my grandparents and discover i have become unable to sum up emotions and feelings without using punctuation faces and web abbreviations.

    that can feel pretty depressing at times, i've developed a paranoia over whether people will understand jokes i write in letters if they aren't followed by a lol or whatever.... it's something i'm starting to break out of now i'm not online so much.

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  • GooeyGooey (\/)┌¶─¶┐(\/) pinch pinchRegistered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I too agree with everyone here!

    1)Sunshine!
    2)Happiness!
    3)Heartwarming coming-of-age story!
    4)Bandwagoning!

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