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03-10-2011, 01:20 AM
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
Facebook sucks, but dont compare that to the rest of the internet.

"However the study is pointless as all it shows is that distractions make studying hard."
We needed a study for that? I thought it was common sense.
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03-10-2011, 12:24 PM
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
There are studies for the most pointless of things aren't there.
Also I don't judge all of the internet on facebook alone, but I use facebook to judge the users of the internet and it's future direction. It can only go in the direction the the users dictate. Unfortunately they are favoring the most useless of pages and somehow managing to dodge the ones of true value.
I do dislike facebook though, not for what it does, but more for what it shows me.

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03-10-2011, 03:29 PM (This post was last modified: 03-10-2011 03:33 PM by mysticjbyrd.)
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
(03-10-2011 12:24 PM)lucradis Wrote:  There are studies for the most pointless of things aren't there.
Also I don't judge all of the internet on facebook alone, but I use facebook to judge the users of the internet and it's future direction. It can only go in the direction the the users dictate. Unfortunately they are favoring the most useless of pages and somehow managing to dodge the ones of true value.
I do dislike facebook though, not for what it does, but more for what it shows me.

That is called bias in statistics. That is a horrible sample to judge the rest of the people on the internet with.

It is easy to find good information on the internet if you want to.
Most colleges offer a course in helping you find information if you need it. Do not blame the internet.

Look at wikipedia for example, its has amassed an amazing amount of good information over the past few years. And not only that, but the information is shockingly accurate. It makes entire volumes of encyclopedias look like a scratch pad.

There was also a recent game published on the internet. I never actually played the game, so I cannot tell the details. But, in the end some gamers discovered how a very complex protein folded together. http://richarddawkins.net/articles/49649...in-folding

That is the potential of the internet.
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03-10-2011, 07:05 PM
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
Hold on now, it's not the only sample, but the most obvious, hence the reason I put it in the title. I also never said that the internet was all bad. There is a ton of good stuff out there. But you'd be a damned liar if you said that it's easier to find than porn, or useless social websites. This is because the demand is not for handy information, but for these other non essential services. Just like television the mass demand for something less than intelligent drives the market.
You can watch trending as it happens, you don't have to wait to read about it in the paper (in between page after page of celebrity gossip) and unfortunately the trend seems to be for dumbed down entertainment as opposed to really anything that forces thought to occur. While just perusing facebook you can witness any number of things occurring, one of which would be just atrocious spelling, which I could forgive if two things weren't true. One being that there isn't likely software out there that isn't equipped with spell correction. You know... the red line of doom. Also it would be more forgivable if every time there was an obvious spelling disaster made, someone would say something... but that happens so very rarely. Of course option number two could be more or less just being nice, and not wanting to ruin someones day by nit picking spelling.
Another is the collection of interests. Now it's not the collecting that is so bothersome (although some people have some paranoid delusions about info gathering) but what is collected. Maybe it's just my friends list, but the majority of people seem to like some seriously inane entertainment. I doubt it though, because have you seen television? It seems like it's suddenly become the cool idea to be as completely devoid of intelligence as possible. To be a vacant husk of a person wearing stylish clothing and being slutty. Also consuming as many intoxicants as your body can handle and having the story you can't remember to tell the next day.
I went through (sort of) this phase, but the difference is people used to grow out of it. Now it's age limitless.
The title of the thread is more or less just to describe one facet of the whole. To get the ball rolling. There is much good to be had on the internet. This place for one. But I'll bet the MTV website gets more hits than anything Carl Sagan related. (as an example.) It's worrisome to me, but chances are I'm probably making a bigger deal out of it than it is. But I for one would like every facet of media to place a higher emphasis on education. Good luck.
I'm ranting and have lost my train of thought completely, so I hope you have a nice day. Smile

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13-10-2011, 01:49 AM
RE: Facebook causes brain damage?
I hate all these ridiculous sites like twitter and facebook. Such an unnecessary waste of time. Most of my friends spend hours and hours every week on it.
I do however disagree with the statement that the internet is dumbing people down. I have learnt more than I could previously have imagined just from hearing other peoples idea, studying different fields and topics and debating. If it weren't for my internet connection, I wouldn't have even heard of Richard Dawkins, Richard Feynman, Lawrence Krauss and I wouldn't know virtually anything about Stephen Hawking. I wouldn't have taken the time to learn more about modern physics, evolutionary theory, and a little bit about so much else. I wouldn't be planning to go to University and continue learning for as long as I can. I wouldn't even know what Skepticism was. I would be continuing to relegate more than 5 hours a day to ever increasingly violent computer games. For this, I am eternally greatful for the existence of the internet.

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