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Serious rhetorical question for the internet generation to consider

HAL Pilot

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What did people do before we had the internet to soothe our insecurities, make us feel good and give us hope?
 

robav8r

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We were forced to talk to, and interact with, other Homo Sapiens. In many respects, and while certainly more efficient, the internet has made us lazier and more reliant on devices, rather than the wisdom, experience and personality that comes from human interaction. I see examples everyday of people who lack even the most rudimentary social and communication skills.
 

xj220

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We were forced to talk to, and interact with, other Homo Sapiens. In many respects, and while certainly more efficient, the internet has made us lazier and more reliant on devices, rather than the wisdom, experience and personality that comes from human interaction. I see examples everyday of people who lack even the most rudimentary social and communication skills.
Meh, people are people. Some things change but some things don’t.
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Spekkio

He bowls overhand.
What did people do before we had the internet to soothe our insecurities, make us feel good and give us hope?
Okay I'll bite...

I began college when the people who connected to the internet did so using a dial-up connection through AOL, when downloading a song on Napster took 45 minutes, before Google was synonymous with internet search.

I was the first in my family to attend a 4-year college and I had to rely heavily on advice from others - a lot of it was very bad or predicated on things that were simply not true in retrospect, but that's really all that was available to me. The university hooks up you with staff mentors, but the ones I had never worked outside of academia. The one I had as an undeclared major was clearly a person who majored in communications and thought it was completely okay to piss away money attending college with no real goal, and had no tools or resources to help students make that decision early enough so that they stay on a 4 year program. I made a decision for my college major essentially blind based on what I thought was best at the time.

By the time I graduated 4 1/2 years later, the web had grown so much that I no longer had to solely rely on my inner circle's opinions and advice. If it were not for the internet, I would not have become a naval officer because no one in my circle of connections knew how to do that other than attend the Naval Academy, and the local recruiting office was less than helpful in getting in touch with an officer recruiter until I called them out on their bullshit using information I gained from - you guessed it - the internet.

tl;dr - old man yells at cloud is entirely appropriate.
 

Jim123

DD-214 in hand and I'm gonna party like it's 1998
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By the time I graduated 4 1/2 years later, the web had grown so much
It's too bad you didn't find Usenet- there was plenty of good gouge (and bad) on there at least a decade before the WWW really blew up.

It all worked out in the end for you though.
 

xj220

Will fly for food.
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No, they'd just go to the recuiter and say "tell me everything I need to know about..."
 

BarryD

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That’s funny too but at least back then people had to try and research on their own instead of just posting “someone tell me everything I need to know about...”
In this case, I understand your point.

However, everyone asks for the answers. I think that people still do their own digging, they just are using the web and not encyclopedias, like using the search function on here. I spend time doing research on the internet that doesn't involve posting a question on a message board. Sure, it might be a little easier, but it's still digging for information and reading through stuff trying to find out what's important.

No, they'd just go to the recuiter and say "tell me everything I need to know about..."
"OCS? Never heard of it." ;)
 

HAL Pilot

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No, they'd just go to the recuiter and say "tell me everything I need to know about..."
But at least they were going to a person who’s job it was to provide those specific answers instead of a bunch of random unknown people who probably don’t know as much as they think they do. But hey, it’s an instant answer not matter if it’s right or wrong.
 
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