Topic Has Using the Internet (Socially) Changed You?
21 Apr 2016 13:02
I could waffle on forever, but I can't be arsed. I tried looking up some stuff to help me make this thread, and it all looked like bollocks with big long words.
Instead, I'll try to explain what I mean...
When I first discovered the internet, with social media sites, it made a difference to me. This has been my thought pattern over the last few years (and, it must be said, Lush has played a big part in this, too):
Ooo, stuff I can read! Stuff I didn't know. Cool!
Wait... there are people here?
Wow, all these people who don't know me at all!
Hey! These people are stupid. Well, maybe that one's alright. Maybe.
Aw, you're lovely. I have friends! Okay, not REAL friends, but who writes the rules on "real" anyway?
Oh, shut the fuck up, you knob. Stop talking out of your bumhole. JUST FUCK OOOOOFFFFFFF!
And you! *whisper to self* Stop whining at me. My OWN whining annoys me, and I don't want your snotty drivel too.
AAAAARGH! MY LIIIIFE SUUUUUUUCKS! ALL THESE PEOPLE! GO AWAYYYYYYYY!
Can't be arsed...
(don't go on internet for a bit)
Bored now. And I miss Thingy.
Aw, I missed you.
Oh look, it's Knobhead. You look like a complete pillock. Please, be my guest.
You're nice, but you're too much like me, so I'll keep my distance.
Hey, Thingy? You rock. And Wotsit? You rock too.
Did you see Mateyboy going off on one? Brilliant. Go ahead. I'll just sit here and feed you a couple of scraps to keep you going...
Oi, Whojamaflip. What the feck are you saying? Oh, just fuck off.
Can't be arsed, but it's not an issue.
LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAA!
I probably sound like a nutter, but hey! It's the internet. I can be whoever I want to be! I've found what works for me now. If I get cross, upset, overwhelmed, or fed up, I go and do something real. I don't log in anywhere, I don't talk to anybody, and I just... do what I do. I have found friends here that are actual friends, who make a difference in my life, and that I now hope I will never be without, no matter how small their input is (and I hope I do the same for them).
But I've also found that I'm (usually) much more easy-going. It's easy to have a quick vent with a friend, and then just not give a fuck these days.
The first uses of the internet, for me, have been intense, exploratory and exciting, as well as annoying, enlightening and surprising. It's also affected how I see things in real life, too, and how I cope with them, even though the mediums are different. I still feel deeply, react quickly, and think too hard about some stuff, but I feel much more "in control" of how I use it to communicate (or not) with people (even if it doesn't seem like it).
Is anybody else here aware of how they've changed over their time online? It would be nice to see if anybody else has a similar (or completely different) journey. And if not, well, I don't really give a fuck. You do or you don't, you can be bothered or you can't. But feel free to share (cookies) if you wish.
For me, it's made the world far more accessible (as you said). To be able to get hold of information so quickly is just amazing and has made a huge difference.
Socially, I think it's made me more confident and self-assured. I am just the same IRL as I am online (dull, I know) so I bring that new confidence to everyday relationships. Lush has been a major part of that.
Am I allowed to say LALALALA too, pretty please??