Saturday, October 20, 2012

Over-Reliance on the Internet?





Out with the old & in with the new…


Do you have any idea how much you rely on the Internet these days?  When you think about it, it's pretty amazing, considering a good number of us didn't have it in our lives at all in the not-so-distant past.  But it is what it is, and yesterday I went to buy a new camera.  The one I have currently lost its metal holder that allows you to charge it, rendering it pretty much useless.  I decided to upgrade just a bit and went shopping around (three stores in total).  

When I'd finally made my decision on which camera to buy, I found myself unable to commit.  I wanted to review it on Amazon first, Google the specs, read about the pros and cons according to those who had purchased it in the past.  And I left the store empty handed.  I really, really could not make the purchase without doing my at-home research.  I find it hilarious that I am so reliant on the Internet now, and upon closer examination of it, find that I am way more dependent on it than ever I thought before (insert 'the light bulb is on' photo here).

So I went home, and I did my research.  I've satisfied my curiosity and Googled the specs; checked the reviews; and saw pictures that were actually taken by the model I have selected.  Today I'll go back to the store and get the exact same camera I decided on yesterday, but could not in good conscious purchase until I came home to do my little bit of research.  And now I feel better, content, & secure that I'm making the right choice for me.  Funny, isn't it?

I know there are those who fit the other extreme and won't do anything online; who maybe don't even own, or want to own a computer, but I think that is becoming more the exception than the norm.

How about you?  Do you find yourself more and more reliant on the Internet as time passes, or are you maintaining a more grounded balance with the face-to-face?  And what about the alarm bells, I have to ask?  Looking at the bigger picture, is there ever a little tug in the back of your mind that tells you our society is becoming way too reliant on Internet?



39 comments:

  1. Yes, I am very dependent on the internet. tt is just so convenient buying stuff, especially because we do not have many stores here. And so much information to be gathered at your finger tip. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower!...Christine

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    1. Thanks for stopping back, your post actually inspired me to see if there was a HomeGoods store next to us, and there is! Of course I looked it up on the Internet. ;)

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  2. Hello,

    I came over from the hop. I too am very dependent on the Internet and quite often think about how difficult it would be if we were not to have it. Unfortunately, it has become a controller in many of our lives. I also have it on my phone and I find myself constantly jumping on throughout the day to research something or to check social media. The internet has become addictive considering as you stated it was not part of our daily lives in the not so distant past. It's interesting that you wrote this particular post as I wrote a post yesterday on social media & relationships. The post focuses on how we use the internet/social media to manage relationships with our loved ones.

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    1. I'm going over to read it now. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I depend on the internet so much these days! I am constantly using Google to find information. It is also very essential for my work as a Freelance writer. All the very best with your new camera. Take care and have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Judy...and my camera outing was a bust. They only had the display available (in that store and the other one too that they called for me), so I came home with a disposable camera for the pumpkin patch today, lol. I'll wait until I can get the one I really want (either there or somewhere else). :)

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  4. Im ridiculously dependent on the internet these days, I cant even commit to a simple item of makeup without reading numerous reviews and seeing pictures. I suppose in a way it's a good thing because rarely am I disappointed with anything I buy as I know in detail what I'm getting. At least you know when you do pick out a camera it will be exactly what you want and what you are expecting x

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    1. Agreed, it's definitely useful and I'm as guilty as anyone of overusing it/relying on it.

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  5. I grew up without the internet and I did just fine, but now - I would be lost without it. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without it.

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    1. It feels weird when you're on vacation or something w/o it, doesn't it? Almost like temporary withdrawals setting in, lol. :)

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  6. The Internet is my data gleaning companion for just about all of our big purchases. My DH & I really do depend on it more and more as time goes by. We just love technology! =D

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    1. I really like the Internet for technology purchases because the customer reviews really give you an honest view of what to expect!

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  7. Oh I am sooo reliant on the internet! I love to research new things, so I'm often "googling" all sorts of stuff. It would be very hard for me to live without the internet!

    Thanks for following my blog - I'm following you now, too :)

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    1. Google is def. my friend too... especially with school, and the Google Scholar is so much easier than other routes for journals and the like! Love, love, love it.

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  8. Technology is now how the world goes round...it's a fact.
    It's scary to think of what would happen if the power actually did go out (like in the new show Revolution)
    We would all be screwed!

    Thanks for following from the hop!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    PS~ I'm not on Blogger so I probably show up as a no reply commenter. Sorry. Oh...and my GFC doesn't work! Go figure. Following on Twitter!

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    1. I haven't seen the movie? I'm all for the Internet, but the over-reliance we have on it (not just us, as in you and me, but collectively) miffs me a bit. I understand the ease and organization of it are appealing, but there are a lot of really, really important things online that I don't think really should be.

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  9. Great blog! Yes, i have to agree we rely so much to internet and I for myself is aware of that! :)

    xoxo

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  10. Yes, definitely. Like everything in life, we need to find the balance. There is plenty of good about the internet, but even more bad! When it comes down to it, nothing can replace REAL LIFE. You can't eat all the great recipes you find on the internet, you can wear the clothes, and certainly no internet "doctor" can help you or your child feel better. Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Angelina. I agree, "Everything in moderation," is a saying the has stuck around for good reason. :)

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  11. My Hubs and I have talked about this. No one really has pictures anymore. They have them all on files on the internet or on those little sticks. Not many have the hard copies of their pictures. One day, I think we will be sorry we relied so much on computers.

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    1. I agree that we may well be sorry we've relied so much on the Internet. As for pictures though, I have the opposite problem...the digital format makes it so easy to take so many, and I have my favorites printed. Since I have so many favorites, lol, we now have a LOT of photo albums in the house. :)

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  12. yes! and i can see my younger kids growing up in a whole different reality than my older kids! everything is technology. I am jumping on the bandwagon too, last yr I ordered many Christmas gifts from Amazon...not sure what I really think of it all.

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    1. So true, my Kindergartner is proficient at using a touchscreen and a mouse, lol

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  13. Over the past few months I've been in the stores checking out cameras and each time I find one I want to buy- you guessed it, they are out of stock or they are discontinued- how about taking it off display then? The last camera was bought by reading reviews, and most of them missed one particular feature; that is why I am now looking for a new camera. Hope you finally get the one you are waiting for and it does everything promised for a good long time. :)

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    1. Scoreboard: Humanity 10 - Internet 3, keep "Hal" at bay as long as possible. There are loads of good things the internet has aided, but let's keep people in mind first.

      Great Post!

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    2. I like your note to keep people first! Online communication takes the place of F2F a lot!

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  14. Haha I did that yesterday! Except I didn't go home. I was at B&N hoping to purchase some Dr Seuss books. They seemed rather expensive, so I took out my nook, and went online to check for lower prices. Left the store empty handed to come buy it online. Haha. yes we do it.

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  15. Oh, I'm in big trouble, because my online businesses pay the bills. If we ever get one of those terrorist viruses, I am in deep dark doo doo!

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    1. You and me, and millions other too for sure, for sure.

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  16. I'm a firm believer in researching before buying or trying out a new place to eat. Yelp and Google are pretty much my BFF's now.
    While it might seem we depend on the interwebz a little too much I view it as a good thing. My time and money are worth the little extra time I spend researching. I've learned that the hard way one too many times

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    1. Us too...even for non-tangibles. Example: Trip Advisor...we won't book a trip unless we search there first for reviews on hotels, destinations, what have you. I have to say it's come in handy more than once.

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  17. We have Nikon's at work. I teach at a graphic design college. I like them. I have to say that Cannons are the top of the line though. I took shots with a Nikon. All the shots were too yellow. I took the same shots with my Canon and they were perfecto.

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    1. Funny you should say that, I've been reading the reviews (lol) on various cameras and looking for good deals (online of course), only to find the Canon coming out on top time and again.

      Something's gotta give soon...the disposables I got are going to make me crazy (you can't review the pictures you've taken and *gasp* you have to drop them off to be printed, lol).

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  18. Isn't that crazy how 10 years ago we would feel confident walking into Best Buy, purchasing a camera, then going home to play with our new toy. Now a days we have to Google every detail, price compare, read reviews, ect before we can even make a decision, then we redo it all again to be sure lol. Times sure have changed us :)

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    1. They have...for better or for worse, changed us (and I think it's a little/lot of both :) ).

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  19. Glad I grew up without the internet but yes it's so convenient. Mine goes down now and then, I so try to remember that! Love making new friends though, that I would never have been able to meet (around the world).

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    1. This is true, we have met friends from around the world too that we never would have w/o the technology.

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