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HayleyS June 1st, 2014 7:07pm

Has the internet made a notable impact on who you are?

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anonymous91214 On SOH
06/02/14 10:31 pm

Yes, I'd be lying if I denied it. I've never been one to be social, even with my friends; on the internet, it's different though. I do most of my talking and learning on the internet, and I've been exposed to different ideologies and point-of-views.

anonymous91214 On SOH
06/02/14 10:31 pm

Not to mention, I wouldn't be able to progress as far in my language studies without the it. The internet may have a negative reputation, but it is invaluable.

06/02/14 4:42 pm

Yes! Wouldn't be in college if there was no internetv

jvc1133 61535
06/02/14 2:45 pm

Yes, I want my I/pad charged and buried with me, along with a 6 pack of Bud

jvc1133 61535
06/02/14 2:47 pm

Don't worry God will have wifi

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/02/14 3:09 pm

Doubt it. The internet is a false idol.

maorblumberg tel aviv
06/02/14 2:30 pm

Yeah. Wait.. Is the word "Internet" a synonym for Wikipedia?

Lelouch Partisan Free Zone
06/02/14 2:13 pm

Made me be more social, learn more about the world, it has helped me buy stuff that isn't sold in my rural area. It had overall made me question today's ideas and to think for my own. It has made me be more open about stuff. Overall progress. :D

jackietheman Just Stop...
06/02/14 1:34 pm

It swayed me in favor of legalization After writing a brutal anti-marijuana article that can be found in the opinion section here:

Statek Im from the Internet
06/01/14 6:24 pm

It's brought me people and information that I would not have been able to interact with and learn from otherwise

06/01/14 3:39 pm

It's made me less of a know-it-all

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/01/14 2:23 pm

It's made me both smarter and lazier - why bother remembering anything when all the world's knowledge is in my hand - but I don't think it's changed me in any measurable way.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
06/01/14 1:42 pm

It's made me a lot more aware of different people's experiences and how they come to hold the views that they do. Definitely valuable in considering national politics etc.

06/01/14 1:29 pm

If not directly, then indirectly. Through everyone around me using it, as well as myself, opinions and personality traits, as well as cultural norms, will develop. Pretty much all my life some degree of the internet has been developing (including…

06/01/14 1:30 pm

…main developmental stages of early childhood and adolescence) so it's easy to say yes.

06/01/14 1:09 pm

Nope. I think the vast majority of my personality traits were formed long before I used the Internet considerably. For the younger generations I think it definitely will though much more frequently.

sadewt Rexburg, Idaho
06/01/14 1:07 pm

im going with no because i grew up with it. any impact it has had is part of me, not really a change

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
06/01/14 1:04 pm

Definitely. It's not so much the internet itself though as it is the people I interact with through it.

jchristianreed South Carolina
06/01/14 12:43 pm

I've become a more sociable person. It's been essential in building my career to.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/01/14 12:34 pm

Definitely. It helped develop and diversify myself as a human being.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
06/01/14 12:35 pm

Not only that, but I wouldn't be alive without it.

chickencookie disgusted
06/01/14 12:31 pm

On who "I am". No. I still have the same values and my personality is the same. But it is a fun activity - especially this place and a source of information

kermie gaytopia
06/01/14 12:23 pm

Absolutely. The internet was vital in my adolescence. I literally didn't have anywhere else to go to learn what it meant to be gay or to find people I could talk to honesty. It radically shaped the trajectory of my life.

kermie gaytopia
06/01/14 12:23 pm

Without it I'd probably still be living in the Midwest married to a woman.

What about you, Hadzo?

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 12:40 pm

I feel like I would be an incredibly different person without the internet. It's been my main tool for learning and for understanding myself and others. I would be a lot more narrow minded without it, that's for sure.

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 12:42 pm

My entire outlook on life would be different if it wasn't for the internet.

Even some of my friends in "real life", who have had major impacts on me.. I'm not sure if I would've ended up being so close to them w/o chatting on MySpace first. Lol

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 12:56 pm

Leaving religion in this past year is an obvious thing in my life that came from the way the internet has impacted me. But I think that's just a side effect of how throughout my whole life the internet has allowed me to explore my curiosity.

kermie gaytopia
06/01/14 1:26 pm

Beautifully said. A lot of bad things can be said about the internet, and probably often rightly so. But it's also a vast resource for curiosity.

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 2:06 pm

Thank you:)

And I realized that another reason why I sometimes don't comment on my own polls may be because I think something very specific about the subject, but I have trouble wording it in a way that really communicates the way I feel about it.

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 2:08 pm

I've realized that I have a lot of thoughts that I have trouble explaining with accuracy. And id rather not say anything at all than be misunderstood.

kermie gaytopia
06/01/14 2:29 pm

What's the worst that could happen if you're misunderstood?

HayleyS looking up.
06/01/14 2:33 pm

I suppose nothing bad could really happen, but it bothers me a lot.

Plus also I suppose that if I am able to express what I think, it does make me feel vulnerable.

Hmm. Weird.

kermie gaytopia
06/01/14 3:45 pm

Sure, I understand that. I don't like being vulnerable either. I like hearing from you though, fwiw.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
06/01/14 1:21 pm

I think technology has caused our lives to be more complicated, I miss the simpler way of things

stickman46 NJ
06/01/14 12:20 pm

Saved me money by watching DIY video, particularly on YouTube.

rons Thanks America
06/01/14 12:09 pm

Yes! It got me addicted to laziness.