4 Things We Can’t Do Because Of The Internet
Over one hundred years ago Mark Twain wrote an interesting science fiction story where he, in a way, predicted the Internet. Here are 4 things we have given up for worldwide communication or instant news.
Keep Secrets…Well, Secrets
Secrets are hard enough to keep on their own without everyone else constantly poking and prodding at fifty megabytes per second. From unintentional data leaks to movie spoilers, nothing is spared from the sheer power of a negligent mouse click. It doesn’t help that the nature of social media encourages users to share information, no matter how insignificant. We’ve all seen your lunch on Instagram (and trust us, you need to eat more vegetables), know how bored you are thanks to your latest Tweet, and applaud you for giving a hapless baby a reason to hate his parents someday by Liking the page guaranteeing him the name “Optimus Prime” after a million Likes.
It doesn’t even necessarily have to be something you intended to do. Just ask any victim of phishing, the act of deceptively acquiring bank account data and using it to wipe people’s savings clean. It’s possible to trick you into providing vital information, if hackers tried hard enough (read: pretend to be dying African uncles and bamboozle you with tales of undeserved inheritances).
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Much like secret-keeping, engaging in exercise is already a challenge in itself. Unless you’re an actor, model, or fitness coach, you’d have a difficult time trying to squeeze a regular gym routine into your busy schedule…and that’s before we factor in sites like 9gag. There are so many things to see online – essays, videos, pictures of grumpy cats – that it becomes difficult to get off the computer and on the treadmill.
Ordering food can also be done online, making the process of stuffing our faces even more convenient than before. Rushing to meet a deadline at work? You no longer have to walk all the way to a fast food joint to buy food. Heck, you don’t even need to call them using your business phone to get your greasy, salty, faux-meat burger fix. Between that and the healthier (and more time-consuming) option of preparing – or at least physically buying – food, it’s not hard to see why most people would go for the former.
Be Productive and Focused
Don’t get me wrong: multi-tasking is a great thing if you know how to prioritize. Unfortunately, the exact moment we figured out how to work on two tasks simultaneously is about the same time we tried to squeeze in ten other unrelated things as well. You end up taking more time than you normally should, and subsequently produce subpar work. Say hello to wilfing: by the time you realize that your report is due in five minutes, you’re already drowning in a sea of Web pages talking about living dinosaurs, the dangers of liposuction, photorealistic illustrations of Disney princesses, and scathing reviews of the Twilight books.
Be Decent Human Beings
The accountability that goes with face-to-face communication tends to be completely bypassed online in favor of brutal comments and insensitive jokes, all lobbed from behind the gigantic sandbag of anonymity. One can simply make a bogus social networking account and fire away, flinging insults and racial slurs without fear. Studies have shown that the lack of eye contact and the desire to present a strong image to the rest of the world greatly influence our online behavior, which is just a fancy way of saying that we really love punching other people in the nose when nobody’s there to slap our wrists.
Speaking of violence, “online gaming” and “nice people” are two things that don’t belong in the same sentence. All it takes is an afternoon of online gaming (preferably, a first-person shooter) to both extinguish your faith in the human race and teach you fifty shorter, considerably less civilized variations of “your mother never loved you.”
Ah, if only we could redesign the Internet to make us more productive and stop us from making stupid decisions. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to catch up on the latest installment of Epic Meal Time.
We watch a lot of videos online, especially when we’re in isolation at home. Youtube is a big part of our life now, whether we are talking about popular channels like PewDiePie.
Personally, I spend a lot of time on Youtube and it made my life easier during this pandemic.