The Internet! My love-hate relationship…

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The internet is undoubtedly the most important invention of my lifetime. It has given us the ability to connect with people from across the world.

The wealth the internet has created is staggering. It has actually changed the way we shop, the way we get information, the way we meet potential mates, and just about every other facet of our lives.

Studies show that the average person spends about three hours a day on the internet. With all the available information out there, I’m surprised that number isn’t much higher.

The internet and social media also had another effect, what I refer as the copy cat effect. We see it with all these ridiculous challenges. Remember when the “Ice Bucket Challenge” was all the rage?

According to the Ice Bucket Challenge’s Wikipedia page, it was supposed to bring attention to ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The idiots dumping cold water on themselves were supposed to make a donation towards research.
I’m willing to bet a month’s worth of paychecks that 90% of the participants didn’t even know what the challenge was all about and definitely didn’t donate a got damn penny. They were just happy being “Copy Cats.”

The internet can also be a dark and very dangerous place as well; predators are all over the internet. From people trying to steal your money to sex predators, the internet has become their worldwide market place. Hate groups use the internet as their main recruiting vehicle.

And then there’s a phenomenon of the “Instagram Model.” I’m not sure exactly what an Instagram model actually does besides posting pictures. I think there’s a chosen few who make money. But my guess that most of these models get some sort of satisfaction from people “liking” their pictures.

Then there are the morons who will watch a tragedy unfolding right before their eyes. I have seen some horrible things that could have been prevented if only someone would have helped the victim. The only interest they had was getting the footage to post it later.

Of course, it’s not all bad. I love seeing posts with happy children and elderly people. What about when the Dad comes home from military service and surprises the kid(s)? Who doesn’t love that.

But all and all, I can’t imagine life without the internet. There’s something there for all of us. I can say I’m a better person because of the internet. I know more stuff, and I’ve even met some really good people on the internet. I even have an internet-based business.

So there you have it, my love-hate relationship with the internet! Now let’s go surfing.