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    [QUOTE=Maximilianus;753790]
    As for text messages, in my country they cost quite cheaper than normal calls. That's my point to use them in some occasions, to lower costs, and if you rape the language when writing text messages... well... that's another personal choice as well.
    While the pricing of text messages is much lower than voice, I don't think that text messages can not transfer the same amount of information in the same amount of time. Effectively the price is about the same.

    Finally, if the Internet didn't exist I would have never made contact with people from other parts of the world, and I wouldn't be improving my English by interacting with native speakers. For me, THE INTERNET MUST EXIST.
    If the internet didn't exist, then you wouldn't miss the people that you never would have encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    While the pricing of text messages is much lower than voice, I don't think that text messages can not transfer the same amount of information in the same amount of time. Effectively the price is about the same.
    True. If you need to communicate a big quantity of information in short time you'd be better off with a regular voice call.
    On the other hand, if you need to communicate a tiny piece of information, like warning someone at home that you forgot the milk on the hotplate, then typing and sending "warning: milk on hotplate" is by far cheaper than saying it in a voice call. Get my point?
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    If the internet didn't exist, then you wouldn't miss the people that you never would have encountered.
    True, if we consider that we can't miss what we don't know. On the other hand, I prefer the alternative of knowing, because by knowing my horizons get bigger and I don't really have much use for short horizons, so I want them long, if you get what I mean.
    Besides, if somehow you got to be close to someone even in the distance that Internet implicates, this would sound very similar to saying "My problem is not that I miss you. My problem is that I found you". Are you really sure you'd say this to a friend? Or something similar: "I don't want a dog at home because I'll feel bad when it dies".
    Or even worse: "Why don't we just pretend that we never met, so that when one of us dies the other won't have to mourn".
    Let's forget about the Internet for a lil while. Would you really prefer not to know anyone so you don't have anyone to miss?

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    Besides being an incomparable tool for information exchange all over the world, I recall an article which listed the following advantage with internet:
    It is very easy to lie in an internet, but it is also very easy to tell the truth via internet.

    With your identity concealed, it is easy to tell what you really are, or your bad habits. It helps others to corelate with your experiences and thus helps in lessening their own guilt or burden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laidbackperson View Post
    Besides being an incomparable tool for information exchange all over the world, I recall an article which listed the following advantage with internet:
    It is very easy to lie in an internet, but it is also very easy to tell the truth via internet.

    With your identity concealed, it is easy to tell what you really are, or your bad habits. It helps others to corelate with your experiences and thus helps in lessening their own guilt or burden.
    There's much truth in this. Many people make confessions on-line that they would seldom make, if ever, in face-to-face conversations. The web gives some people a sense of protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Is it worth the hassle?
    Its dangerous on many levels ( piracy, lack of privacy, violence??, opens the door to all sorts of nastiness)
    what are you talking about the Internet saved my life?
    Loss of the ability to interface correctly with other humans, in face to face environment?
    Second Life anyone?
    The bastardisation of written language.
    Brings people together a la 'global village'
    Anyone??
    Like all things, I think the internet certainly has it's pros and cons; alot of it of course depends on who is using it and how they are using it (and even, how often.)

    There are the obvious dangers... paedophilia rings, 'cyber-bullying', identity theft, thinspiration sites, coursework plagiarism and so on.
    Although now (after the continous press coverage and safety talks dished out in schools) I personally think any teenage girl (or boy) falling prey to the old chat-room predator, by handing out their personal information... is simply stupid.

    Recently, it has come to my attention that the social networking site that is Facebook has caused a bit of trouble amongst adults members especially. I have heard several stories of people coming into contact with old friends/ exes, stirring up alot of bother with their present partners.

    I must admit, I spend... probably an unhealthy amount of time on the internet. I still have a life, but I do think I'd go a little bit mad without my laptop. I do know a very small number of people who are beyond obsessed - it's a little scary really.

    However, I embrace the internet as a wonderful source of knowledge and entertainment at my fingertips. But most of all, I am thankful for the fact it enables me to get into contact with all sorts of interesting people from all over the world. In my circle of friends, I'm pretty much the only one who takes advantage of this. I love 'meeting' new people, learning about their lives, and telling them about mine... it's quite comforting. I've told some of my deepest thoughts to online companions, things that I found I just couldn't tell my closest friends or family... like I'm distributing little secrets across the globe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyW View Post
    Like all things, I think the internet certainly has it's pros and cons; alot of it of course depends on who is using it and how they are using it (and even, how often.)

    There are the obvious dangers... paedophilia rings, 'cyber-bullying', identity theft, thinspiration sites, coursework plagiarism and so on.
    Although now (after the continous press coverage and safety talks dished out in schools) I personally think any teenage girl (or boy) falling prey to the old chat-room predator, by handing out their personal information... is simply stupid.

    Recently, it has come to my attention that the social networking site that is Facebook has caused a bit of trouble amongst adults members especially. I have heard several stories of people coming into contact with old friends/ exes, stirring up alot of bother with their present partners.

    I must admit, I spend... probably an unhealthy amount of time on the internet. I still have a life, but I do think I'd go a little bit mad without my laptop. I do know a very small number of people who are beyond obsessed - it's a little scary really.

    However, I embrace the internet as a wonderful source of knowledge and entertainment at my fingertips. But most of all, I am thankful for the fact it enables me to get into contact with all sorts of interesting people from all over the world. In my circle of friends, I'm pretty much the only one who takes advantage of this. I love 'meeting' new people, learning about their lives, and telling them about mine... it's quite comforting. I've told some of my deepest thoughts to online companions, things that I found I just couldn't tell my closest friends or family... like I'm distributing little secrets across the globe.
    THAT'S MY FRIEND TALKING!!!!

    I agree with all of this

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    I think the www feature of the Internet is fabulous and allows us access to so much information. However, one must be careful not to believe everything that one reads on the internet.

    It is unfortunate that dangers exist, but they always have and they always will, there were hackers before the Internet was open to the public. And who remembers bulletin boards????

    I think it is a great tool, but a double edged one for social interaction. We have access to more people, but we loose the human factor and that is a shame.

    My two cents,

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    ... and let's have a bit of logic:

    The Internet was built by people.
    People are either good or bad according to their will.
    Therefore, the Internet is either good or bad according to people's will.

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    I think it's interesting that very few of my real-life friends go on forums like these to interact with people worldwide. They use it for information, fantasy sports, music, etc., but not to, say, talk about a book with a person from Poland, something they would rarely be able to do in real life.

    The best uses of the internet are too much of a well-kept secret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktm5124 View Post
    I think it's interesting that very few of my real-life friends go on forums like these to interact with people worldwide. They use it for information, fantasy sports, music, etc., but not to, say, talk about a book with a person from Poland, something they would rarely be able to do in real life.

    The best uses of the internet are too much of a well-kept secret.
    I have seen this too, where I live. People cannot do on the Internet what they cannot do in their everyday routine, even having access to this evolutionary means of improving oneself that gives us access to information we could rarely get somewhere else, so they end up doing on-line the same they do off-line, that is, respond to their very own nature.

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