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Now, I'm fully aware that this is not the entire population of online users and more importantly GEEKS definitely isn't a myspace but, still, I have to wonder how accurate this is for some...

Example A


Example B


Example C

My point or thought is about how our newly lacked social and public interactions have become with each other. Even myself. I used to be a police officer for five years and I had that constant interaction with people. Which, in its own self rights, was fine and fulfilling but, I still had a world of emails and texting. Now, as I work in a financial, desk world, it's not nearly as stimulating. On a positive note, conversing in this fashion opens up your world to learn about so many other types of people and cultures. Living here in Southern California, I don't run into conversations with people from all over the world nearly as much as I do here.

What's happening to our society? We almost exclusively converse thru text or email, myspace, facebook ...and a million other forums. Heck, people have their support groups online! Is this creating an impersonalization within society? Or is it more effecient? People even start relationships online site unseen! I just wonder if we've lost a certain accountability towards each other and perhaps, our social skills are going down the tubes.

A lot of personal and physical interaction comes thru tones and body language. Here, that doesn't exsist.

What do you think?

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Comment by Shannon (Eckroth) Smith on January 2, 2009 at 1:40pm
I mean, don't get me wrong. There's a lot of good with the internet. Immediate access to anything you can think up for one thing. The opportunities for employment and knowledge are still far more of an advantage than any disadvantages.... for now.

Why have I been reminded of Farhenheit 451 all of a sudden? I donno... I'll have to expand on that later I suppose.
Comment by thisisradionick on January 2, 2009 at 12:31pm
The lack of tone bothers me greatly with the internet.

I do remember the times before everyone was on the internet and I just felt like I was completely weird. The things I was into and wanted to talk about were just to far out of the norm of the people I physically interacted with (proximity, not dancing or sex (o.k. some of them)).

The benefits of the internet are so common now that you don't see that they are there or really feel them they way you did when they were new.
Comment by m4rty on January 2, 2009 at 12:07pm
Hellow Officer ,I better choose Example C....;)
I feel the same, I worked as aid worker before , living in small village work with people and now wondering what happen with other people whose not connected to the internet ?
So ,I think unplug your computer and go out there sometimes...
Comment by Chris on January 2, 2009 at 11:53am
I completely agree. It seems like everything is moving to the virtual world a face to face interactions with people are diminishing.

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