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How much time do you spend on the internet?

June 11, 2009

When you reach home after work, is switching on your PC the first thing that you do?

Or does it start before you reach home, on the MRT where you’re glued to your handheld device?

Yeah, I’m one of those that can’t live without the internet. But then there are different degrees to being wired. I know a guy who subscribes to an all-you-can-eat mobile broadband deal to keep his YM on all the time, even while he sleeps. The last thing he does before he sleeps is check his email. The first thing he does when he wakes up is check his email. The rest of the day he spends on Facebook and online games, if he’s not working.

I foresee lots of sword fighting with his wife when he gets married. 😀

But I tell myself, the internet is just a medium, a means to an end. All it does is to let you connect to others, to see, to express. Many people, especially parents blame the internet. Well, I’ll never blame the postman, cuz guess who’s at the other end of the string? Its the user, some of whom have an almost desperate need to reach out, to see, and to express themselves. A need so great that sometimes its all they would do, 24×7.

So if you have to beat up anyone, go after the user cuz he’s the one with unmet needs. 🙂

Anyway, extreme or not, I think for all of us, life will gradually transfer from offline to online and as technology grows, it’s gonna get harder to tell one from the other.

Would there be a time when our total reality is experienced online? It has already started. Eventually I have no doubt a human can lay on a bed, his brain plugged directly into the internet where he chooses to don whatever avatar (personality) he wishesfor the day and goes wherever he wants. Nutrition can be pumped into his body via a machine. He doesn’t have to be physically awake at all. Online, he is fully awake.

I’m convinced its just a matter of time before the internet will turn into a second world that’s bigger than the first world. We are already partly living in it. We get paid thru it, we buy things thru it, we experience friendships, relationships, even fights thru it. See how everyone howls when their internet line goes down.

Now I’m not saying all this is bad. Maybe this is how we are meant to evolve. No big deal. I think it’ll happen not in this generation or the next but very likely the generation after that.

This is why while I still can, I disappear from the net during most weekends and when I travel. That’s because I’m out there enjoying the beautiful sunshine, smelling the flowers and touching the things that I see.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 9:58 am

    by the time that happens , we all old grandfathers already :p

    music will be popping out from softwares , not from a real instrument .
    when somebody says “i play a guitar” it will be virtual or guitar hero 21..

    anyway , i do not like checking my mails when i wake up
    most of my sales are from my email . so it kinda feel like the first thing i do when i wake up , is to meet other people’s demands..
    usually i have my heavy breakfast (i need some warm coffee with cheese cake), drive to my studio . then only start going online

    evolve or not , i do not like the idea of the internet controlling us .

    You’re already making a living out of trading on the internet so in a way, it already controls how you make a living. No internet, no money. So how?

  2. June 11, 2009 12:45 pm

    i guess I’m 1 of those you’re mentioning…lol…sometimes, I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere and the internet is my only way of reaching out to my close ones, my money (banking & online trading) and more! I don’t use it for gaming or facebooking or even IM that much but mainly to catch up on news & the latest tech & also political news.

    Still, nothing can beat the human touch, except for banking transactions, where it’s much less painful to do it over the internet…lol!

    You’d be the average user then. The people at the extremes are scary man. They need to be constantly plugged into the net and if they lose a connection, all hell breaks loose. 🙂

  3. June 11, 2009 9:04 pm

    I use internet to contribute, to connect with others and to seek knowledge. Facebook games? not really. I prefer PS3 games. I only use FB for connecting with frens n photos (of pretty girls). 😛

    But yeah, just like many years ago when our life is getting more n more ‘computerized’ …now is another new phase – ‘internet phase’.

    Just like every evolution, it can mean good or bad depending on how people see it.

    To connect, contribute and seek knowledge? If I recall some statistics I saw the other day, about 70-80% of internet traffic is caused by porn downloads and spam/ad activity. Just imagine pumping that straight into our brains, lolz….

  4. June 11, 2009 10:34 pm

    LOL . wait for walk in customer lor..traditional way

    If you offer a free massage, they might come in faster. lolz… 😀

  5. June 12, 2009 11:47 am

    Had to engage with wife in some sword weilding and sabre-rattling until she got used to my ‘addiction’. But I don’t switch on 24/7. Evenings, it’s after I scanned through the papers for some ‘fairy tales’, then go on line to read the raw news, and connect with kids and friends or long lost cousins on facebook. Now wife sits with me and find out what’s so interesting….. dang… But she’s getting used to seeing the girls or other nieces & nephews showing off their holiday photos.

    Never overdo, over-use anything that’s good. Life’s all about balance. 🙂

    Yeah, looks like you’ve achieved a nice balance there. Family, hobby, work and politics. 🙂

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