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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 9:37:39 PM
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Re: Online Vs Offline
@ms.akkineni - I am sure most of us struggle with a healthy balance between our phones/the internet and real life. Recently, my kids and I went outside to play. I realized I had left my phone in the house once we were already settled and set up outside. I decided it would be good to leave my phone in the house a few hours, and focus on spending time with my kids. So I never bothered to go in and grab it. When my husband came home, he was extremely upset. He had attempted to call and text me numerous times, and I never answered or replied. He really had just wanted to know what exactly it was I had asked him to get at the store - but in reality, it could have been something far more serious. He could have been in a car accident or something of that nature. I would have been completely unaware because I had decided to "disconnect" for a few hours. When I told him why I didn't have the phone, he settled down and was fine with the whole situation. But now I've thought twice before leaving my phone behind. We don't have a house phone line - something that a lot of people my age are leaving behind. And if something happens, and someone wants to get ahold of me, it's not just the internet, it's my phone too. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 9:31:47 PM
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Re: Internet of People
@Michelle - I completely agree, parents are on the line to fix problems that are just starting to become obvious where the internet is concern. But I fear many parents don't believe they are the problem they really can be, or perhaps just think "not my kids!" Either way, I fear there is fear more ignorance where the problem lies than their is awareness. And this is only going to make the problem worse. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/30/2016 9:30:00 PM
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The dangers of the internet
This definitely highlights all of the problems found in conjunction with the internet. There was actually a social experiment that has been floating around Facebook, used to highlight the problem most of us suffer with, having our phones in our hands at all times. Phones have put the internet in our pockets. I absolutely love being able to find the answer to my questions with just simple searches. But I hold two Master's Degrees, and even taught college classes, where a few weeks worth of projects focused on locating reliable information and just how to find it. Critical thinking has been a part of my life for decades now, so much so that I have my toddlers working on critical thought. But I know just how rare this is - I taught college classes afterall. And in a society where delayed-gratification is a thing of the past, and critical thought is a nuisance, the internet can be an extrememly dangerous thing. I shudder to think of just how easily misinformation is spread on this avenue of information I see as more benefit than hindrance. "A lie gets half way around the world before the truth can get its pants on." -Winston Churchill. And he said that before the internet existed! 

The biggest problem, I see, that I doubt many parents realize - is that if their teenagers are exchanging naked pictures with one another, and someone decides to report that. They can be slapped with child pornography and sexual assault charges that lead to them being put on the Sex Offenders list. For teenagers, this would be life-altering. Even if the pictures were exchanged willing, this can still happen. For some reason, it needs to be said that our actions on the internet can affect us in real life - to a very serious extent. 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/30/2016 8:53:51 PM
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Re: The internet is alive
I completely agree! I feel like it's lived up to what it can do as for right now. Hopefully when the future develops more and more technology advancements the Internet will be able to keep up.

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DHagar
DHagar
6/30/2016 6:43:38 PM
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Re: Online Vs Offline
@ms.akkineni, I fully agree.  We are out of balance on this.  The need to stay "connected" has created an obsession to be "aware" of everything - which limits what we can know and digest.

There is a great book, "Shallows" by Nicolas Carr that validates our shortened attention span.  The great news, according to his research, is that we can reverse the habit patterns and construct deeper thinking by exercising our thinking.

So to Joseph's great point, we are over-indulging on the Internet and need to develop a better balance.  Just because we can do everything doesn't mean we should.

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Michelle
Michelle
6/30/2016 5:13:48 PM
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Re: The internet is alive
@af just like the AI in Terminator? I think it's grown up to become really useful and hurtful too. So many harmful effects come from humans, of course.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/30/2016 4:05:25 PM
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Online Vs Offline
Balance time online: Model a healthy balance between your online and offline activities.

 

This is a perfect fact that everyone must follow. But is that what is happening...i doubt 100%. As socail networking is evolving at unlimited extent, people are getting obsessed to have their presense felt by all means. So in that process that balance is certainly getting lost too often.


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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/30/2016 4:00:19 PM
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Mindset
 It is neither good nor bad; it is how we use it that matters....


This is pretty obvious not just with the internet but with any activity that needs moderation. It is just the human ability to set that limitation and maintain the level of control. It is all the mindset that matters here.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
6/30/2016 3:57:36 PM
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Beyond potential...
In my opinion, internet is not just living up to its potential. It is well beyond...

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afwriter
afwriter
6/30/2016 3:28:53 PM
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The internet is alive
I believe that it has lived up to its potential so far.  It is almost like it is a living thing that continues to develop and learn new skills as it ages.

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