View Full Version : How dependent are you on the Internet?

08-05-2007, 02:20
Apparently, when I'm not out photographing (or working), I am glued to my laptop (according to my wife). Is this normal ? :)

We shall see...

Silva Lining
08-05-2007, 02:21
Yes, it would appear so. Although my wife is glued to her laptop too!

08-05-2007, 02:29
I can easily go without laptop for days... if there's a computer around. :)

But seriously, when I'm at home (according to my wife) I glued to the internet or working on my photos. That's of course when I'm not out to do groceries, to work, collecting my kid from school, cooking or shooting pics. All those things my wife doesn't see usually, as she's out working too. :)

When on vacation, I don't care for pc's or the internet. During my many visits to Mongolia, India or China, lasting 4-5 weeks usually, I end up in an internet "cafe" less than once per week for a few minutes to leave an email for my parents. Last vacation, to Istanbul, I didn't even bother to send an email (we were away for just 8 days).

08-05-2007, 02:41
Oh, where did my poll go?

Bloody software, bloody electronics! Give me a good old fashioned *mechanical* internet any day!!!


08-05-2007, 03:09
The computer is the first thing I turn on when I come home, and last thing I turn off when I go to bed.

It may be an obsession.

08-05-2007, 03:30
I am not dependent on the internet. I am not. What kind of question is that. How offensive!! I do not consider 16 hours a day except when I am out shooting to be a dependence. it is just a hobby. I can quit anytime I want to. I am strong. Strong as ox............. Oh no here comes my wife, I got to go.

Bike Tourist
08-05-2007, 03:41
Remember camera clubs? They are dead around here.

I think digital and the internet killed them.

But, I can't prove it!

08-05-2007, 03:57
The computer is the first thing I turn on when I come home, and last thing I turn off when I go to bed.

It may be an obsession.

You turn it off? Sometimes I don't even go to bed :)


08-05-2007, 04:14
It's an excellent source of photographic information. Thanks to the internet I've been able to get manuals for most of my old cameras. Plus lots of other information and other people's photos for inspiration.

I'm pretty dependant on it, unless I can find something else to focus on.

And I put my computers to sleep ... who turns them off?

08-05-2007, 04:58
Apparently, according to my wife, I'm not overly dependent on the internet, I don't get too engrossed in a photog book or magazine, I don't spend too much time putzing and tinkering with cameras or taking pictures or editing them on the computer. Anyway, I think that's what she meant. What she said was, "You don't do anything!" :rolleyes:

5:00 PM
08-05-2007, 12:18
All my life, since I first began reading seriously, I have wanted what I now have: a readily available source of instant information on virtually all possible subjects. I make NO apologies to anybody about being online nearly 100% of the time. What really galls me is when some moron suggests this is that same thing as being addicted to TV, which I hardly look at. What rubbish...I have the life of a 24/7 researcher in addition to my regular life. I get a bit smarter and a lot better informed every day.

If the web isn't the defining invention of our time, I'd like to know what is. Only cell phones have sparked as much change in so little time.

08-05-2007, 12:36
I love the internet personally... Through all of it's quirkyness, miriad of problems i still have to say that I am dependent on it. Not to say that I couldnt live without it if i absolutely had to... but it has become far too valuable to simply not use it and enjoy it for all that i can.

08-05-2007, 12:43
RFF on the internet (just to narrow the focus a bit) is like having a roomful of friends available anytime I choose. Thank you all for being there (here).

08-05-2007, 12:54
RFF on the internet (just to narrow the focus a bit) is like having a roomful of friends available anytime I choose. Thank you all for being there (here).

to focus a bit closer:

1. when I think that time on net is lost , I can read some of Franks serious posts:p

2. when somebody ask me about ''strange camera'' in my hands,
I have simple answer : It's memory from RFF friends, the last RF poets
internet community :)

08-05-2007, 18:48
Boy, this hits close to home as the wife and I were discussing the attention the computer gets just a few days ago. It seems as though a few of you other gents may know of what I speak.

While I maintain that I don't get 'twitchy' when I am off-line for prolonged periods, I do like knowing that I can see friends from around the world anytime I choose. As others have stated, the internet is a great research tool, and many times it is just plain fun. Is that so wrong?! :D

08-05-2007, 18:51
Marital bliss = 1 bed and 2 laptops

08-05-2007, 18:57
Marital bliss = 1 bed and 2 laptops well said!

08-05-2007, 19:08
I've modified the qualifications for addiction to drugs to suit the internet:

Do you ever use alone?
No! I have my internet friends.
Have you ever substituted one website for another, thinking that one particular website was the problem?
Have you ever manipulated or lied to a Family member to obtain a connection?
Have you ever stolen Wi-Fi or stolen to obtain Internet?
It was an open connection!
Do you regularly use the internet when you wake up or when you go to bed?
Have you ever used one site to overcome the effects of another?
Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using the internet?
Yes. Luddites.
Have you ever used a Website without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
My first time on 4chan. *shudder*
Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your internet use?
My grades did slip when I first got my own computer.
Have you ever been arrested as a result of using the internet?
No, but I've gotten two DMCA notifications.
Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
Do you put the purchase of an internet connection ahead of your financial responsibilities?
Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?
Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or rehabilitation center because of your using?
Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
I stay up a lot later than I used to.
Does the thought of losing your connection terrify you?
Define "Terrify"
Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without the internet?
No, but contemplating it is scary.
Do you ever question your own sanity?
Is your internet use making life at home unhappy?
No, it keeps me from arguing with my sister!
Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the internet?
Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?
No. Stay proud!
Do you think a lot about the internet?
All your base?
Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?
No, I am not human.
Has using affected your sexual relationships?
Or lack thereof.
Have you ever used a website you didn’t prefer because your favorite was unavailable?
Have you ever used the internet because of emotional pain or stress?
Yes, I use it to talk to people.
Have you ever overdosed on packets?
I killed my wireless router once. :(
Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
What negative consequences?
Do you think you might have a drug problem?
Shut up! I can quit whenever I want!

08-05-2007, 20:04
Alot of people beleive what they read cause they visit a professional homepage. The misses sister is a living proof of that. She is 32 and always says that "she read it on the internett so she knows that she is right". Some people are plain stupid and they beleive everything they read. Still love the web.

It's even worse with the analog internet (aka "books").

08-05-2007, 20:08
Oh, golly...it's a good thing I gave up TV over 20 years ago, or this would be intolerable. I spend way too much time online in general, and RFf...well, let's just say galfriend gets a chuckle out of it most of the time, which is fortunate for me. Most of the time it's information-gathering, as opposed to just aimless wanking-off (though I do enough of that as well...online, I mean). But it's insiduous: galfriend asked earlier tonight about a quote from Shakespeare regarding "forgiveness", and I answered, "Let's consult the Oracle, shall we?" (No direct reference to Mr. Ellison's Oracle, either.) A blessing and curse, wrapped up in a package you can even put in your pocket. :eek:

Many technological advances have been a bit of a mixed blessing, but the 'Net has been, on balance, a Good Thing, if also a black hole for spare time amng some of us. If we ignore most of the trivial facts put before us (yesterday's revelation for me: Paris Hilton, sans makeup, is actually rather attractive. Shame about what's between her ears), there's a lot to learn. There's also a lot that awaits right outside the front door. And sunlight and air, in reasonable doses, still do great things for mind and body. To paraphrase Steve Jobs, technology hasn't been able to top some things.

- Barrett

08-05-2007, 20:21
Very good question this: Started me thinking hmmm :rolleyes:

I run an online business
My wife runs a full time eBay business
Our ferrets have there own blog
When I am not using the computer it means I am usually
gaming on the console.......... :eek: I think thats too many pixels what counts as a lethal dosage?

08-05-2007, 21:40
And she said 'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device'
And in the master's chambers, they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
'Relax' said the night man, 'We are programed to receive'
'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave'

I remember the dark ages, the time before Google. Before AltaVista, yes even before Netscape, before even mosaic... back when there was email, Usenet, uucp, telnet and ftp...

we are all doomed my friends, doomed. Yet while we have our rangefinders and laptops, we are not alone....


08-06-2007, 02:23
Marital bliss = 1 bed and 2 laptops

And Wifi internet connections. :)

08-06-2007, 02:27
I can give it up any time I like, honest :angel:

08-06-2007, 04:35
To follow up on Colin....

Last thing I remember -
I was running for the door,
I tried to get my passage back
To the place I was before,
"Relax," - said the nightman,-
"We are all programmed to receive,
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!...

... I think that pretty much sums it up...

Members of the Eagles have described the album as a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence. In an interview with Dutch magazine ZigZag shortly before the album's release, Don Henley said:
“This is a concept album, there's no way to hide it, but it's not set in the old West, the cowboy thing, you know. It's more urban this time (. . . ) It's our bicentennial year, you know, the country is 200 years old, so we figured since we are the Eagles and the Eagle is our national symbol, that we were obliged to make some kind of a little bicentennial statement using California as a microcosm of the whole United States, or the whole world, if you will, and to try to wake people up and say 'We've been okay so far, for 200 years, but we're gonna have to change if we're gonna continue to be around." (Wikipedia)

Never realized Hotel California is a metaphor of the www as well ;-)