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Americans Giving Up Social Life for the Web

samzenpus posted about 7 years ago | from the don't-talk-to-me-while-I'm-browsing dept.

The Internet 299

Stony Stevenson writes "A survey into how the Web affects American adults has found that surfing the net has become an obsession for many, with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web. The survey asked 1,011 American adults how long they would feel OK without going on the Web and found that 15 percent said just a day or less, 21 percent said a couple of days and another 19 percent said a few days. It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online."

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Obsessed? (5, Funny)

quokkapox (847798) | about 7 years ago | (#20677747)

I'm not obsessed with reading Slashdot. I just happened to log in here in the middle of the night to get the first post, after having lots of sex.

Alright, I lied. Stroke my ego, mod me funny.

Re:Obsessed? (5, Funny)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 7 years ago | (#20677785)

I'm not stroking anything of yours, buddy. You can do that on your own time....and for goodness sake, shut the danged door!

Re:Obsessed? (5, Funny)

Stochastism (1040102) | about 7 years ago | (#20677939)

No sex because we are online, or online because we can't get sex?

Re:Obsessed? (4, Funny)

fractoid (1076465) | about 7 years ago | (#20678389)

Given the ratio of geek girls to geek guys, and the likelihood of a geek guy getting with a geek girl, and the pre-existing propensity of geek guys to like the internet... yeah. I can see 'sex' being negatively correlated with 'internet'. Not causation, though. Definitely. Never causation. :P

Re:Obsessed? (1)

ettlz (639203) | about 7 years ago | (#20678511)

the pre-existing propensity of geek guys to like the internet... yeah. I can see 'sex' being negatively correlated with 'internet'.
Geeks tend not to be stupid. Well, not that stupid at least (unless problems exist between keyboard and chair). We're not running out of mod-points any time soon, they can wait.

Re:Obsessed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678203)

Whoever moderated that "redundant", put down the crack pipe and step slowly away from the keyboard and keep your hands where I can see them. You'll pay in meta-moderation.

Less sex? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677749)

It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online.
Those must be the /.ers.

Re:Less sex? (4, Funny)

adona1 (1078711) | about 7 years ago | (#20677963)

It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online.

Those must be the /.ers.


I don't know, is it possible to have negative amounts of sex? ;)

MORE SEX! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678001)

Too bad nobody else besides me, myself and my puter are included. The silicon based life forms are superior anyways. Carbon based is so 1900s.

Re:Less sex? (2, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about 7 years ago | (#20678259)

The survey also showed that roughly 80% of those surveyed would give up web access completely for a hot date with Natalie Portman, with a hot date with CowboyNeal a distant second.

Re:Less sex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678501)

No, no, no.

It's not because they're online slashdotters don't have sex, slashdotters are online because they don't get any anyway.

can go a week or more. (4, Interesting)

Lehk228 (705449) | about 7 years ago | (#20677759)

i find it very relaxing to "unplug" for a while. when i go on vacation there are usually wifi services available, i don't use them even if i do bring my laptop, it distracts from the whole "vacation" part of going on vacation. if i wanted to spend the day reading news and chatting with friends i would save a few hundred bucks and stay HOME to do it.

Re:can go a week or more. (5, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | about 7 years ago | (#20677789)

Do outdoorsy stuff. Go hiking, camping or just go climb a mountain.

And if you do this regularly, you realize just how relaxing it is to not be connected to anything. In fact, I make it a point on some weekends to not answer my cellphone (in fact, I just put it away) or check my emails.

Works wonders.

Re:can go a week or more. (1)

shbazjinkens (776313) | about 7 years ago | (#20678153)

Internet addiction, as much as people joke about it, is pretty real. I've found myself glued to the computer in every free moment and foregoing food just to get a little more time in to read something or do that one last check to see if anyone responded to my posts or emailed me.

It was mostly an information addiction, there's this instant satisfaction for anything you want to know. Being away from the computer is kind of like being crippled because I have to remember things that I might normally just look up over and over.

I spent a year away from the net when I dropped out of college to earn some $$$ and I'm a whole lot better about it now, though ironically I'm currently taking all internet courses.

More interesting than sex? Definitely. More satisfaction? Never.

Re:can go a week or more. (2, Funny)

SL Baur (19540) | about 7 years ago | (#20678243)

More interesting than sex? Definitely.
I was going to ask you what on the internet would qualify that statement, but on second thought, never mind. Let's not go there.

Re:can go a week or more. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 7 years ago | (#20678419)

Wise decision. Rule 34 is a sneaky bastard...

Re:can go a week or more. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678401)

I browse the internet daily ... And never gave up sex or real life. I think this "addiction" is overrated by people themselves.

Re:can go a week or more. (0)

Virtual_Raider (52165) | about 7 years ago | (#20678167)

I haven't watched more than 20 hours of TV for the whole of 2007, and I don't quite browse all that much but I'm permanently logged in to some instant messenger from the word go, as soon as I open my eyes in the morning until right before I close them at night. Due to some personal circumstances it is a palliative for lack of physical closeness (spare the tips, you wouldn't guess what I'm talking about and its beside the point).

I can very well see how some of those people come to rely on a tech tool so much that it can be borderline or outright dependence. But mate, having less sex? I'd be browsing the net because I'm getting less, never the other way around. Perhaps they're just afraid of going out and being Tazered, or Pain-rayed, or having their identity stolen, or being express-kidnapped, or having their arteries clogged by Evil Fast Food, or...

Surprise! Again I ramble =)

Re:can go a week or more. (2, Informative)

Kuvter (882697) | about 7 years ago | (#20678209)

Similarly, I recently went camping with a few friends. I called a friend when I got up there to tell her what's going on and they kept yelling at me "No Phone Zone." I ended up turning it off and didn't turn it back on till I got home the next day 24 hours later. It was so refreshing. I'll definitely have to go on more tech-free vacations like that.

Re:can go a week or more. (2)

fractoid (1076465) | about 7 years ago | (#20678399)

when i go on vacation there are usually wifi services available
Wifey services > wifi services. Believe me. :D

Re:can go a week or more. (1)

legallyillegal (889865) | about 7 years ago | (#20678429)

s/date*Portman/grits*Pantsman

Proof that the internet as reached the masses... (5, Funny)

swalker42 (944794) | about 7 years ago | (#20677775)

From TFA:

... giving up friends and sex for the Web ...
It wasn't that long ago that users of the Internet had no friends or sex

Re:Proof that the internet as reached the masses.. (1)

farkus888 (1103903) | about 7 years ago | (#20677781)

I thought I noticed some unusual people about lately...

Giving up friends and sex for the web (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about 7 years ago | (#20678107)

Funny what people will give up so they can spend all day trying to find friends on the Internet to have sex with.

Re:Giving up friends and sex for the web (1)

somersault (912633) | about 7 years ago | (#20678457)

Disappointingly, I started going out with someone I met online, who turned out not to be interested in sex at all. There are some real weirdos out there.

Misleading (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677777)

The articles comments about Americans having less sex by being online are misleading as for a large part of the online demographic the only sex they get is watching porn and jerking off so more time spent online is more sex not less sex :)

depends on your point of view (2, Informative)

User 956 (568564) | about 7 years ago | (#20677923)

The articles comments about Americans having less sex by being online are misleading as for a large part of the online demographic the only sex they get is watching porn and jerking off

Porn and sex are not the same thing. As an avid consumer of porn, I can honestly say that you're actually looking at an inverse relationship between the amount of porn viewed and the amount of sex had.

Re:depends on your point of view (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678071)

Could be true, probably is in fact, but strangely I'm still having the same amount of sex now that I don't watch porn as I was when I was watching porn all the time. Hazard a guess as to what the amount is.

Re:Misleading (1)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 7 years ago | (#20677947)

Yea...multiplayer is more fun though =/

Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (5, Insightful)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 7 years ago | (#20677779)

A survey run at the same time in a sex shop showed that most Americans have not time for the internet because they're having sex.

Re:Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677849)

A survey run at the same time of people waiting in line for the latest Harry Potter book showed that most Americans don't have time for sex *or* the internet.

Re:Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (5, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20678163)

Survey in a sex shop ?

Your Economics teacher walked in while you were at the counter didn't they ?

Re:Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (1)

Aceticon (140883) | about 7 years ago | (#20678191)

"A survey run at the same time in a sex shop showed that most Americans have not time for the internet because they're having sex."

Hey, we have an untapped market here for the taking!

All that is needed is to create an online discussion forum for sex shop users, where people can discuss subjects such as comparing the quality of dildos from different manufacturers, discuss the efficiency of different sex creams, announce new and exciting technological developments in the area of self-pleasuring and device-assisted intercourse and other such relevant subjects.

I can already imagine the flame wars between fans of Vaseline and those of KY jelly ...

Even beter, in said forum, Goatse and Tubegirl would actually not be considered trolling.

Re:Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (1)

Obsi (912791) | about 7 years ago | (#20678423)

Tubegirl - Saving the Internet, one tube at a time.

Re:Online survey -- now that wouldn't be biassed (1)

Tom (822) | about 7 years ago | (#20678195)

You've found a sex shop where people actually have sex? I always thought people go to the sex shop because they don't have sex otherwise. :-)

Dear Sirs. (5, Funny)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | about 7 years ago | (#20677791)

Dear Sirs of this fine periodical, I wish to inform you of a social blight that has crept up upon our society! Our investigations reveal that the majority of Americans do not think they could withstand a single week without their radioelectronical talking box! Once of thrice interviews with willing persons revealed that they had neglected good social manners with there friends and even avoided full filling their marital duty in favor of box-communique! What hath God wrought, indeed,Samuel Morse, and what hath God wrought now?

Re:Dear Sirs. (1)

SpectreBlofeld (886224) | about 7 years ago | (#20677817)

Damn, my unused mod points just expired a few hours ago.

Sample bias (2, Insightful)

Prysorra (1040518) | about 7 years ago | (#20677793)

ARE YOU LONELY?

(_) Yes

(_) No

(_) Wasn't asked the question because the surveyor assumes the answer is yes.

......
And people wonder why teen virginity rates are so low. No one has the heart to ask the fat kid.

Re:Sample bias (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677897)

ARE YOU LONELY?

No, but I'm horny. Wanna cyber? .....What? You're a bot???

Re:Sample bias (1)

mdenham (747985) | about 7 years ago | (#20678017)

ARE YOU LONELY?
No, but I'm horny. Wanna cyber?
Why, of course.
Never mind the extreme resemblance of the picture I have to Chris Hansen, I'm really a 15-year-old girl.

Re:Sample bias (2, Interesting)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20678173)

14/f/cali here

Population for the survey? (2, Insightful)

madbawa (929673) | about 7 years ago | (#20677799)

Eeerie feeling that the population sample for the survey consisted of only Slashdotterz..mmmm.

Re:Population for the survey? (1)

RuBLed (995686) | about 7 years ago | (#20677895)

You nailed it Sir! TFA states that around 20% had less time for sex because they were online and we (the 80%) are just, well online...

Suggested new moderation (4, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about 7 years ago | (#20678211)

+1 Sexy

Maybe we'll start seeing sexier posts.

(Friend) (Friend of Sex Partner) (Sex Partner of Foe)

Re:Suggested new moderation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678483)

I think it will be used only for posts about "sexy" electronic devices.

Huzzah! (2, Funny)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 7 years ago | (#20677801)

Finally, vindication!

Media for the Masses (5, Interesting)

badinsults (1152183) | about 7 years ago | (#20677803)

I don't think this should surprise anyone. People feel dependent on mass entertainment and have a difficult time thinking what it would be like without it. It is almost like an addiction. I must admit I feel the same way most of the time. One should also note that people still connect to other people on the internet through messenger services and sites like Facebook, so it is perhaps better than other forms of media like TV or video games.

However, it is relatively easy to break from the cycle. If people force themselves away from their computers and cell phones, it is incredibly easy to get back into social life. I find that times when I visit my family or when I go out hiking/camping, there is no empty void when I am away from technology. People (including myself) stop socializing because it is easier to spend time alone in front of a computer than to entertain others. It becomes surprisingly easy to find ways to socialize when you are bored.

Re:Media for the Masses (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678069)

People (including myself) stop socializing because it is easier to spend time alone in front of a computer than to entertain others.

I stopped socializing because all of my friends and family did. After awhile, I got tired of people canceling get-togethers (when they were thoughtful enough to let me know) or just not showing up. Hell, I don't even socialize with my wife --- she's always at work. That leaves the internet, film, literature, and mathematics.

Re:Media for the Masses (2, Insightful)

0xC2 (896799) | about 7 years ago | (#20678151)

I would venture to guess that a good number of Gen-Xers were conceived in the company of Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, to the tune of Doc S. And the Tonight show band. Don't believe me, ask your Dad. God, I miss those guys...

I don't even know that it is that (4, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about 7 years ago | (#20678427)

It is that we get set in our ways and fear change. Whatever it is you do on a daily basis is what you are used to. It is not a comforting thought to think about changing that, especially for no reason. This is especially in relation to free time/entertainment. Yes, people who like goofing around on the net will be annoyed if you take that away. Ask a person who loves to watch movies how they'd feel about having their TV taken away, or a person who loves to cycle about having their bike taken away, and so on.

This is especially true in a nice, modern, stable country as thankfully we have a lot of time we can spend on what we like. When all your more basic needs are taken care of, you can spend the rest of your time on entertaining yourself. All that we are seeing is that more people are using computers for entertainment. I'd be willing to bet that TV is still the biggest (last I checked Nielsen said households on average watched more than 4 hours a night) but computers are growing.

Another factor may simply be introverts getting to do more of what they want. America has a bit of a skewed perspective that being extroverted is "good" and "normal" and being introverted is "bad" and "unhealthy". That's really not the case. Some people just thrive on getting to know lots of other people. They love meeting and interacting with any and everyone. Others don't, they are much more reserved and have smaller friends circles. They aren't interested in, or comfortable with, trying to meet every person that comes along.

Well as far as all the psychological research I've ever read has been able to determine, there's nothing better or worse about either state. It is just different. Introverts don't need to be forced to try and socialize with everyone, extroverts don't need to be forced to sit alone and not talk to anyone. People need to be able to do what makes them happy. There's no reason why one person can't be happy spending most of their time alone or with a small circle of friends while another is happy going to social gatherings and meeting new people every day.

Depends... (5, Interesting)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | about 7 years ago | (#20677813)

It's funny. I don't mind being without net access at our summer cottage, for example. But if my connection is down at home I quickly get frustrated.

Then again, I need net access for most everyday tasks these days: Banking, bus schedules, general communication, (and soon IPTV service). Network access is quickly becoming like electricity, or running water.

Spending sleepless nights playing WoW on the other hand, is a whole 'nother ballgame.

Re:Depends... (1)

misleb (129952) | about 7 years ago | (#20677889)

It's funny. I don't mind being without net access at our summer cottage, for example. But if my connection is down at home I quickly get frustrated.


Indeed, it is context dependent. If I'm at home, I'd certainly feel strange not getting online for a day or two. If nothing else, I need the internet to inform me about things to do outside the home. But if I'm out of town or camping or something, I don't give the 'net a second thought. Well, I might think about work or something like that, but not the "web."

Half (ok, more than half) of the time I spend on the 'net is just out of boredom. Hard to get addicted to that.

-matthew

Re:Depends... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20678169)

It's funny. I don't mind being without net access at our summer cottage

      That's funny because I have no problem getting onto the net at your summer cottage.... oops?

NT (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677827)

Who lives in a Linux box at MIT?
Richard Stallman!
Disgusting and bearded and homo is he!
Richard Stallman!
He'll fag you until your anus is raw!
Richard Stallman
And then he'll complain that you're not free at all!
Richard Stallman!
Richard Stallman! Richard Stallman!
Richard Stall-maaaaan!

More than you would think (4, Insightful)

andy753421 (850820) | about 7 years ago | (#20677835)

As a Computer Science student and generally computer person I know that I spend more time online than most of my friends and certainly more than the average American, but I'm not sure about the average slashdotter. On the other hand I've also gone for quite a while without a network connection (on the order of weeks/months) and it's really not as hard as people seem to think it is, although deleting spam when I get back is... For me, using the internet obsessively isn't because I'm 'addicted' to the internet but because most of the time there's just nothing better to do. If I find something more interesting I tend to spend less time online.

Re:More than you would think (1)

bronney (638318) | about 7 years ago | (#20677983)

That's exactly how I felt when the Taiwan line was cut by the earthquake earlier. I was actually happy it's gone for everybody, keyword being everyone. I would feel totally left out if I was the only one not surfing, but with everyone gone, I was happily cleaning up my flat, reading a book, and cutting up some more RC planes.

And my parents thought I was addicted to games. Pfft, I got no bleep else to do for entertainment than to play pc games when I was a teen. Those were the days.

Re:More than you would think (5, Interesting)

rucs_hack (784150) | about 7 years ago | (#20678079)

I did my entire undergraduate degree without a net connection in my room. In the UK not all universities have such services as interwebs for students.

It was of course available in labs.

Not having internet access meant I spent hundreds of pounds on textbooks, and spent almost every night in my room studying and coding without the distraction of firefox. An interesting side effect of this (seems to be, anyway) is that I differ from my peers in using textbooks first to solve problems, and resorting to the net if I must. I know its unusual because almost everyone I meet, except for one, thinks I'm odd for doing it, and that I will only learn 'old stuff'.

I question this though. The internet is valuable, but it is not, in spite of what we are so often told, the font of all knowledge. There's still a lot to be gained from books and just talking to other techies over a coffee.

Digitivity? (3, Insightful)

e9th (652576) | about 7 years ago | (#20677853)

Digitivity. Great. Another neologism from the virii/boxen crowd.

Error (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677865)

You can't give something up if you never had it to begin with.

Re:Error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677979)

It might be sad, but it's true for some of us. It's not flamebait just because you're offended by it.

Some People Are Crazy (4, Interesting)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 7 years ago | (#20677881)

I do not know about anybody else, but I am a computer professional and I depend on the Web for my living. I spend a lot of time there. BUT... I would be very hard-pressed to think of any instance where I intentionally gave up significant time with people who I really considered friends for the web. Except when I was working, which is another matter entirely. And if we want to be honest, since I work from home, I would not give up sex for the Web, even when I was working! I have not been getting enough breaks anyway... why would I object?

I think this is another example of a "survey" that found exactly what it wanted to find, and damn the reality...

Re:Some People Are Crazy (1)

Tom (822) | about 7 years ago | (#20678189)

I would be very hard-pressed to think of any instance where I intentionally gave up significant time with people who I really considered friends for the web.
The keyword is "intentionally". I've been watching this with my girl for some time now, and we both agree that we lose time together because either or both of us is spending time online. Never intentionally giving up our time for the web, but more "just checking mail" or "I'll be over in a minute, just found something interesting". And that adds up.

To be fair, though, we also gain a lot of time because of the web, time that would've been spent looking for stuff in the city, or calling up shops, or digging through catalogs, libraries, book shops, etc. where a search or a website gets us the stuff faster.

Re:Some People Are Crazy (2, Interesting)

SL Baur (19540) | about 7 years ago | (#20678405)

Maybe not you in particular, but a single exception does not disprove a general rule.

About the time I was moving to Tokyo from another part of Japan, there was a(n in) famous poll posted that indicated that salarymen and their wives who lived in metro Tokyo spent less than 5 minutes on average per day talking to each other. I spent enough time talking to people that I took the poll seriously.

I suspect this survey isn't that much different.

You're also making a big mistake if you think they are referring to something occurring only in the US.

Re:Some People Are Crazy (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 7 years ago | (#20678455)

I was only referring to myself. As for others, as I clearly stated, "Some people are crazy..."

Didn't RTFA but... (5, Interesting)

xx01dk (191137) | about 7 years ago | (#20677925)

...it would seem that I am in the minority, considering that due to my lack of friends and/or social acquaintances that I actually spend more time online than I normally would. The wife and I left a close-knit Navy community when we ended our enlistments, and moved to Silicon Valley to take new jobs. Now our closest friends have moved back to the East coast and we both work in a slightly hostile environment where everyone is at least 10 years our senior, or they have kids, or they are just plain unsociable.

So I find that I increasingly spend more time online than I normally would because all of the people I am now remotely close to are on Teamspeak, Ventrillo, various forums, and (ugh) Myspace. Oh, how I wish it were the other way around, but until we have enough money saved up to get the hell out of here and move to someplace far less materialistic and divisive across social boundaries it looks like we are stuck. At least I don't have to worry about getting laid but then again it's harder and harder to get in the mood when you're drowning in depression.

Re:Didn't RTFA but... (1)

VlartBlart (948166) | about 7 years ago | (#20678289)

At least I don't have to worry about getting laid but then again it's harder and harder


Hmmmmm.

And in other news... (3, Insightful)

TheDugong (701481) | about 7 years ago | (#20677949)

In a recent survey 99% of the population of OECD countries admitted they would have trouble going for more than a few days without having a conversation, reading the news, watching TV, watching a movie listening to music, making a phone call, reading a book, writing a letter or paying a bill... amongst other things. More following this announcement from out sponsors.

Damned intellectuals (4, Interesting)

vga_init (589198) | about 7 years ago | (#20677969)

"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex." -Aldous Huxley

Apparently people are smarter than I thought. Seriously, God forbid anyone chooses to forgo sex or social interaction leading to sex for something they find more interesting. Say, information and knowledge...

Re:Damned intellectuals (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | about 7 years ago | (#20678093)

That must be why prOn is one of the most important online business, the sex without social interaction or intelectual interest has a great future.

Re:Damned intellectuals (1)

thePsychologist (1062886) | about 7 years ago | (#20678313)

Mr Huxley definitely wasn't getting any.

Internet = more sex (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20677973)

Well, I don't know... I think I've been having *more* sex thanks to the Internet. I have some good stuff to offer, but I don't like bars, vying for attention, showing off, or approaching women in public. It's too much hit or miss. OTOH, meeting someone in real life *after* you've already chatted with them and established a mutual curiosity, is a whole lot MORE promising. Besides, I'd rather meet someone nice & interested online, rather than feed the ego or paranoia of women that I don't know much about.

So rather than being a sucker for the cute women sitting next to me in classroom, I prefer to ignore her and make acquaintances online instead. Ignoring one another - it eliminates possibilities for sexual harassment too. I think gratuitous attention, historically afforded by men to women, will become a rarity. Maybe it's for the better of everyone.

Re:Internet = more sex (1)

Morf (33787) | about 7 years ago | (#20678049)

I think gratuitous attention, historically afforded by men to women, will become a rarity.

*\o/*

I, for one, welcome this development.

Re:Internet = more sex (1)

sqrt(2) (786011) | about 7 years ago | (#20678087)

I think gratuitous attention, historically afforded by men to women, will become a rarity.
And then they'll realize how good they really had it, and they'll still complain! :P

Alarmism about the net will last until... (1)

Glowing Fish (155236) | about 7 years ago | (#20677997)

Alarmism about the net will last until the next big communication technology comes out.

Then we get to hear about how telepathy is destroying our society.

Re:Alarmism about the net will last until... (1)

Cadallin (863437) | about 7 years ago | (#20678095)

Depends on how much telepathy we get! If we got technology where you could read people's surface thoughts, society could go downhill pretty quick. Example: Person 1: "How do I look?"; Person 2: "Great!" (Unspoken: Weelll, that skirt makes your ass look big, and that blouse makes your tits look sorta saggy.)

We'll either get so good at lying personal interaction won't mean anything anymore (Hell, identity won't mean anything anymore), or society will collapse into a flaming pile of rubble.

Re:Alarmism about the net will last until... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20678149)

to hell with you all, I just patented telepathy 2.0. Neener neener neener! Pay me.

And the Vatican says... (3, Funny)

zir0faive (1058414) | about 7 years ago | (#20678013)

It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online.
And the Vatican says... God bless the Internet!

Re:And the Vatican says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678077)

Do you think God would bless the internet after seeing Goatse?

Re:And the Vatican says... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20678133)

Do you think God would bless the internet after seeing Goatse?

      Before or after He is slashdotted?

Re:And the Vatican says... (1)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20678199)

Do you think God would bless the internet after seeing Goatse?


Not to be outdone, God would create Godse.cx , & you can imagine what that would be like.

Oblig. Calvin and Hobbes (5, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 7 years ago | (#20678021)

Calvin: "I can't think of anything I'd rather anticipate than have right away, can you?"
Hobbes: "Death comes to mind..."

haha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678081)

Damn right, let's frag!

ITS A TRAP (1)

nude-fox (981081) | about 7 years ago | (#20678115)

Nuff said

No true Geek... (4, Insightful)

HexaByte (817350) | about 7 years ago | (#20678157)

It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online."

No true geek would ever give up a chance for sex, just for the Internet. That's because REAL Geeks never (or hardly) get any, and won't pass up the chance.

This is really probably just women using the Internet as an excuse to keep their husbands/significant others at arm's length. "Not tonight Honey, I've gotta Google".

Does anyone read articles? (5, Funny)

Bluesman (104513) | about 7 years ago | (#20678161)

"It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online."

It didn't say they have LESS sex, just that they spend less TIME doing it. Obviously, the Internet has made them more efficient.

Probably has to do with the massive hard-ons they can now achieve thanks to e-mail offers. What a truly wonderful age in which we live!

Re:Does anyone read articles? (1)

jamesh (87723) | about 7 years ago | (#20678413)

Probably has to do with the massive hard-ons they can now achieve thanks to e-mail offers. What a truly wonderful age in which we live!

Maybe some bias has been introduced into the survey because of all the penis pills (which really work!!!) which means you can now have sex with your SO from across the room without leaving your chair! It's not that people won't get off the computer to have sex, it's that they don't need to.

The entire world is online (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | about 7 years ago | (#20678177)

An online survey asked "are you online".

100% answered "yes"...

Experience (1)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20678179)

I was off the net while I was working in Indiana for a month & a half this time last year, I had alot of sex & made alot of friends in that time, but I lost the new friends & the ones I'd gone there with by the time the trip was over, not to mention I'm kinda scared a friend I don't know about is going to knock on my door 20 years from now.

Hardly a dilemma (3, Funny)

Monsterdog (985765) | about 7 years ago | (#20678283)

Most people are scum, so i keep my circle of friends trimmed to a minimum -- mostly those who can't run fast enough to escape when I start shooting.

And I solved the sex issue by putting the computer in the bedroom. It worked out even better than expected because of the special USB attachments. And putting the big LCD screen over the bed? Genius, I think.

I just need to figure out a way to deal with the shaky mousework.

Re:Hardly a dilemma (1)

PHPfanboy (841183) | about 7 years ago | (#20678449)

From what you've just detailed, if I was your friend, knowing you have an LCD screen over your bed and a thing for teledildonics, I'd also run if you started talking about shooting.

Dude, seriously, with your girlfriends is one thing, but on your buddies too?

Social networks don't help... (1)

FoolsGold (1139759) | about 7 years ago | (#20678349)

It doesn't help much that social networking sites are providing people with web-based social lives instead of *real* social lives. One could argue it's the same thing since people are still engaging with each other - I dunno. What I DO know is that I'm fucking sick to death with MySpace, Facebook and all the new networking sites that keep popping up (I'm looking at you too, Valve).

For haters of such sites, do what I do: spread the love - http://www.cleverlittlepod.com/bugroff.html [cleverlittlepod.com]

hey asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20678355)

slashdot IS socializing, retard.

Choice? (1)

deniable (76198) | about 7 years ago | (#20678365)

We had a choice. I can go offline now and have sex. I'm outta here.

When will the sex arrive?

Asking me to drop Internet is like asking Dad to: (1)

patio11 (857072) | about 7 years ago | (#20678383)

... give up his:

* tools for employment (from pencil and paper to research materials to Rolodex to telephone)
* communication devices (telephone, fax, and the postal mail)
* news (television, newspapers, magazines)
* records (bank accounts, tax statements, etc)
* small business
* entertainment (Barnes & Noble, Solitaire)

I essentially live online during my waking hours, excepting when I'm out at the gym or out with friends. (I'm young and single. If I had a wife and kids there would be a few hours of forced downtime every day.) My job and business requires me to be plugged in just like dad cannot remember how he lived before they invented the cellphone. Could we both cut ourselves off from our attachments? Yes. We're not addicts. But we'd be deeply unhappy and unemployed non-addicts before the end of the week if you made us do it.

it may be (1)

unixarcade (513538) | about 7 years ago | (#20678385)

although the more the others give up the more others can have.

My social life is on the web, you insensitive clod (1)

DaleGlass (1068434) | about 7 years ago | (#20678441)

That's quite correct actually, these days I've got more social life in Second Life than in the first one, although even in SL I'm not that sociable. Then I don't think I could say SL is the problem there -- I never had much social life anyway, so overall I think SL added to it rather than replacing.

I regret nothing! (1)

Narcocide (102829) | about 7 years ago | (#20678487)

Apparently everyone else is having less sex so they can spend more time on the internet. The joke is on you JWT! I didn't have any sex to give up in the first place!

Keyword: Slashdot (1)

MrYotsuya (27522) | about 7 years ago | (#20678491)

I'm shocked that one of the keywords under the article wasn't "Slashdot".

Oh shi- (1)

xyph0r (1153429) | about 7 years ago | (#20678505)

I was on 4chan at my girlfriends house... She came into her room completely naked, and asked me to join her in the bathroom. If any of you are going to turn that down to wade through over 9000 megabytes of furry porn then I hate to say that you have a SERIOUS problem.
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