Internet contrarianism

I have in the past lamented the affectsof constant internet use has on our personal lives, but today I was wondering, what if the opposite were true?  What if, for as much anxiety as many of us expend, especially among the generations that transitioned to internet use, it has actually made our personal lives better?  Of course, neither of these poles is right, but I sometimes have to assure myself that there is benefit to being signed onto gchat when I have to work at my computer or to be able to communicate on Facebook about parties and with long lost acquaintances.

If this internet thing is going to stick with us, which I think it will, it is at least better to embrace the aspects of it that are beneficial, like the ability to find out about Russian pop sensation Vitas or tell everyone 25 things they didn’t know about you (ha! kidding).

Still, it is both very cool and very scary that anyone can easily track you down these days, and perhaps it doesn’t let us prioritize our friendships the way we used to, where good friendships were maintained with some effort through phone and letters while the other ones were left to lag.  After all, Facebook makes it much easier to maintain superficial friendships and no less easy to maintain more important ones, unless of course you enjoy typing long messages. Then again, I don’t know what adult friendships were like prior to the internet, but I’m willing to be a little more open-minded toward the it, especially since I sure use it a lot.

But here’s an idea that will blow your mind: what if, like that old standard, the 9 to 5 job, we had a 9 to5 internet? How much cooler might it be if we couldn’t use the internet all the time?


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