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2013-05-07 09:39:49 PM  
So did television.

And movies.

And music.

And video games.

And pinup girls.

And cigarettes.

And alcohol.

/oh, blessed alcohol
 
2013-05-07 11:13:09 PM  
d2yhexj5rb8c94.cloudfront.net
 
2013-05-08 12:56:56 AM  
Yeah, uhh.. don't have an email dinger and you won't get distracted by an email dinger.
 
2013-05-08 12:57:39 AM  

nvmac: So did television.

And movies.

And music.

And video games.

And pinup girls.

And cigarettes.

And alcohol.

/oh, blessed alcohol


And we're just about done here...
 
2013-05-08 12:57:56 AM  
Free porn is free.  And porn.

Penis.
 
2013-05-08 01:01:07 AM  
tl;dw
 
2013-05-08 01:07:32 AM  
Why is there always someone who tries to make a panic about something???

DON'T PANIC!!

Life, The Universe & Everything is very big and complex...deal with it.
 
2013-05-08 01:11:53 AM  
media.tumblr.com

Obligatory
 
2013-05-08 01:54:23 AM  
Weirdly enough, I have found a good workflow that deals with the distractions. Instead of trying to focus and knock out the big tasks all in one go, I'll attack several tasks in little bits all during the day between emails and conference calls. It not only works well with my ADHD personality, but I also catch a little mistakes and oversights I might have otherwise missed because I am coming back with fresh eyes a few hours later. It's a different workflow, but it works well.
 
2013-05-08 02:38:31 AM  
Stupid people will use the internet for stupid things, then blame it for their stupidity.
 
2013-05-08 02:42:07 AM  
tl;dr
 
2013-05-08 02:51:24 AM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: tl;dr


Now I'm off to 4chan
 
2013-05-08 03:43:45 AM  

J. Frank Parnell: Stupid people will use the internet for stupid things, then blame it for their stupidity.


Anything to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions.
 
2013-05-08 04:51:17 AM  
Damn forgot what I came in here for
 
2013-05-08 05:07:04 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Weirdly enough, I have found a good workflow that deals with the distractions. Instead of trying to focus and knock out the big tasks all in one go, I'll attack several tasks in little bits all during the day between emails and conference calls. It not only works well with my ADHD personality, but I also catch a little mistakes and oversights I might have otherwise missed because I am coming back with fresh eyes a few hours later. It's a different workflow, but it works well.


WRONG! THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DO THINGS!
 
2013-05-08 05:20:41 AM  
Once people complained about written language because they thought it would rot your brain.
Then they complained about radio.
Then they complained about TV.
Now they complain about internet.

Next they'll be complaining about holographic sex bots.
 
2013-05-08 07:09:45 AM  
The Shallows is a very good book. Pulitzer finalist. Basically, it's about the natural progression of human neurology. The internet is only corroding the attention span that didn't exist before books. Who knew church bells had such an affect?
 
2013-05-08 07:14:32 AM  
I also liked:
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-08 07:46:59 AM  
ftfa: So you're reading something when you get an instant mes-

Let me stop you right there.
 
2013-05-08 07:58:05 AM  
Once again, the Flynn Effect proves that the only person losing "brain power" is the writer of this article.
 
2013-05-08 08:18:20 AM  
it certainly does promote adhd behavior in people

that said, unlike previous forms of entertainment the internet has a huge advantage - it makes us more self-aware about the world around us and it's constantly exercising our ability to find and dissect information

so one would hope that information obesity on the internet would eventually lead to all of us having a greater understanding of the world around us - even if that process might be a mess
 
2013-05-08 08:34:37 AM  
So the internet makes you stupid?
 
2013-05-08 08:54:42 AM  
I don't understand how the internet is supposed to make people more stupid because it has lots of stuff on it. It's the same stuff as before, that was in a book, but now it's on a computer screen.
 
2013-05-08 09:14:20 AM  
It's in a book, so it must be true.
 
2013-05-08 09:17:35 AM  

Dear Jerk: The Shallows is a very good book. Pulitzer finalist. Basically, it's about the natural progression of human neurology. The internet is only corroding the attention span that didn't exist before books. Who knew church bells had such an affect?


Sounds like an interesting read but.....we didn't have an attention span before books?  I'm not sure what you are saying.
 
2013-05-08 10:00:48 AM  

Ghastly: Once people complained about written language because they thought it would rot your brain.
Then they complained about radio.
Then they complained about TV.
Now they complain about internet.


Except that certain things are more effective at causing addictive behaviour than others. Although TV is addictive and in the days before the internet people would waste hours out of their days watching it they could usually do other things as well. I love internet porn, too, but I can also ::ahem:: function without it. But if I am minding my own business and my internet connection drops I'm in a blind panic / spiral of depression within 3 minutes.
 
2013-05-08 10:39:12 AM  
What are these "book" things no one is talking about?
 
2013-05-08 11:06:08 AM  

Zombalupagus: Ghastly: Once people complained about written language because they thought it would rot your brain.
Then they complained about radio.
Then they complained about TV.
Now they complain about internet.

Except that certain things are more effective at causing addictive behaviour than others. Although TV is addictive and in the days before the internet people would waste hours out of their days watching it they could usually do other things as well. I love internet porn, too, but I can also ::ahem:: function without it. But if I am minding my own business and my internet connection drops I'm in a blind panic / spiral of depression within 3 minutes.


When I lose the internets all my time is spent either fixing the internet, sleeping or consuming the media I had previously downloaded but didn't have time for, in that order.
 
2013-05-08 11:14:25 AM  

DirkValentine: Dear Jerk: The Shallows is a very good book. Pulitzer finalist. Basically, it's about the natural progression of human neurology. The internet is only corroding the attention span that didn't exist before books. Who knew church bells had such an affect?

Sounds like an interesting read but.....we didn't have an attention span before books?  I'm not sure what you are saying.


Go back to hunter/gatherer. Humans were constantly on alert for prey/predators. They did not have blocks of several hours to spend in quiet contemplation. As civilization progressed, that slowly changed. After movable type was invented, it changed rapidly.
 
2013-05-08 01:24:55 PM  
Something Awful has been saying it for years: The Internet Makes You Stupid
 
2013-05-08 01:49:14 PM  
 
2013-05-08 03:13:04 PM  

Current Resident: Something Awful has been saying it for years: The Internet Makes You Stupid


Lowtax getting knocked the fark out by Uwe Boll is still funny.
 
2013-05-08 10:23:43 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: Stupid people will use the internet for stupid things, then blame it for their stupidity.


It sounds a lot like the creator of the video is assuming that everyone using the interweb is a 13 year old girl.
 
2013-05-09 05:51:23 AM  

Dear Jerk: DirkValentine: Dear Jerk: The Shallows is a very good book. Pulitzer finalist. Basically, it's about the natural progression of human neurology. The internet is only corroding the attention span that didn't exist before books. Who knew church bells had such an affect?

Sounds like an interesting read but.....we didn't have an attention span before books?  I'm not sure what you are saying.

Go back to hunter/gatherer. Humans were constantly on alert for prey/predators. They did not have blocks of several hours to spend in quiet contemplation. As civilization progressed, that slowly changed. After movable type was invented, it changed rapidly.


Actually it's a common misconception that life for hunter gatherers is short and brutish.

Typically they spend about 12 hours a week in sustenance acquiring work. The majority of their life is spent in leisurely pursuits. Usually games, sex, or intoxicants. Hunter gatherers actually live a more leisurely life than horticultural or pastoral societies. They're also typically better able to withstand catastrophic environmental events such as famine and drought because their numbers tend to be smaller and they're much more mobile since they aren't hindered by flocks of livestock and aren't tied to a static location like the horticultural societies are.

/anthropology major
//pretty much only use it on internet discussions
///money well spent
////still more useful than my AV Production degree
 
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