September 6, 2008 5:47am CST
My friend spends a lot of time on his computer, both for work and entertainment, and I believe that because of lack of interaction to everyday society its starting to affect his social skills. We used to hang out all the time. Now though, the only way we even talk to each other is through instant messaging. It's all very disturbing. His mother even called me to check in on him and when I went by his apartment he stayed on the computer the whole time. The sad thing is, I've had other acquaintances do similar things. They spend every moment in front of a computer, having food delivered, paying bills online and going outside only in emergencies. Is this how it's going to be? Do kids even play outside anymore? My question is this: How many of you have started to feel anxiety when ever faced with the dilemma of interaction with someone new? How many try online dating only to never get passed the e-mails and never get to the actual date? And how many actually prefer it this way?
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16 Sep 08
I don't believe this is healthy, really. My son is this way and it really concerns me a great deal. I do not prefer this method. Call me old fashioned......I like the one on one, in person much better. You get better feel for people, and in todays society........you can never be too safe.
6 Sep 08
I know what you mean here. I started using the computer 8 years ago and slowly it seems to take over! I pay the bills online, look for inofrmation online and I am in contact with many friends and family both here and overseas though IM. nternet has helped in many ways of general day to day life but it is easy to get addicted and not realise that it is taking over too sadly. I often get involved with things and eat lunchin front of my computer and cut short on phone clls because I have something 'important' to continue online. I am aware f this and I try to take action. I tell myself outloud that it's time to go out shopping, go visit someone or other things I used to domore frequently but it's fun online! If I get cut off becuse my provider has some problem or a thunderstorm causes a failure I don't get cross - I get on and catch up with other thins offlice. If I'm off work then it does seem to take over. I hope this will not be the lifestyle of future generations too. Being aware that it is becoming an addiction is half the problem I feel. I shut off every now and then when I see other things piling up but it is difficult. Whoever invented internet forgot about these negative addictive consequences I'm sure