Does Spending Large Amounts Of Time Online Have Negative Consequences?

Does a red blaring siren ever go off in your head or am I just the only one feeling isolated and overcome by the technology age we live in? When I was a kid, and that was in the early 80's, I remember going outside to play with the neighborhood kids, all kinds of games; there were hockey games going on in my neighborhood and you had to move out of the way when a car came by.....I know I'm not old and I know people born in the 50's can say even more (or the twenties, thirties, etc etc), but PLEASE! I'm 35 and even I remember what it was like---much Saner!

The Rise of Video Games

Video Games were just coming out when I was young. I mean I liked Mario Brothers yeah, but my brother had it and it wasn't all he did, he played football too, it was just a temporary thing. Now a days (I hear) young kids play all day on these games, giving only their thumbs exercise, (Whew!) I mean how sad is the fact so many children are obese today?

Television

With 500+ channels available on Comcast today, and young people also staying in as well as older people to watch all kinds of tv shows and movies; it's endless how much time we can spend sitting on our arses.

Computers- the most likely villian of them all!

The Computer had got to be THE MOST used technological tool invented, I will say there are good things, and it's a double edged sword, wouldn't you say? But personally, I'd rather go back in time, as much as I LOVE hubpages, I really think life would be alot healthier without all this technology. Why?

  • It's easy to forget to MOVE. Or to exercise. We had to "plan" our exercise.....Old jobs that came before the abundance of office work made us move our muscles....
  • We live in a world where we don't SEE people anymore: we "talk" to them online, on the phone, texting, im messaging......
  • Where is this all going? The rise of mental illness and stress; are they somehow connected?
  • People don't say "hi" hardly on the street anymore
  • We are texting while driving......

I feel very isolated at times in this world of ours. I wish I had a job other than hubpages where I could see people face to face, sure I do at the supermarket and at my volunteer job, butttt....

Let's focus on the evident Isolation

I think everyone, (I know) is becoming more isolated. You've got "kid play dates" a man tells me the other day in the gym. Yes, planned play dates and the kids never learn to deal with the difficult kids he says, that we all come across in the world. This also alienates the difficult kids, the disabled kids, the different kids. Right?

Sometimes I go out and come home and find myself (addicted to my computer...I seriously had withdrawl before)...have to check my email, my hubpages, my facebook at least. After spending hours online, then I watch tv and (no, I don't play videogames.)

Isolation

I mean how many people today, how many kids do you see playing on the street? In my neighborhood--usually NONE. Even parents usually are not outside...why? (computer,tv,videogames?) That must be it, right? They can't all be hiding in their houses, afraid to face thier neighbors?

How helpful is it really to lead lives where we don't see people face to face? Are we becoming like the space age or something or that movie -which one- where the people are so fat they can't walk? Right now I'm ignoring my cat as I type this.....How many kids get ignored? I think you get the picture. In my opinion, technology is not worth it.

What's your opinion? Do you agree with any or all of this or most? Do tell.

Do we spend too much time on technology such as tv, computers, etc?

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mtsi1098 5 years ago

Yes I agree that we (including myself) spend too much time with technology...Technology has made the world too easy and there is little appreciation for hard work and outdoor play (as you so well illustrated). Great reminder to get out...thanks


exjwlaurie 5 years ago

I so agree with you schoolgirl! When I was growing up, my mom would always say--"go outside and play!" It was usually to get us out of her way--but still, not many moms say that anymore.

The kids are tucked away in their rooms, texting, talking on their cell phones, playing on facebook, playing video games. Kids don't know what "outside" even looks like anymore, and it is such a shame!

The more "connected" we become--the more alone we feel.

Perfect hub for our times--that's for sure, you nailed it sister!


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Wayne Tilden 5 years ago from Roseville, California

Interesting. With all you said, there are still buttons at the foot of each Hub asking if you want to share this with Facebook or Twitter!

Yes, we do spend too much time in front of the computer. For me it's BookRix.com (Check it out if you'd like. It's especially for writers. And readers.)

I read. I write. I comment.

I DON'T, however, spend much time with my neighbors - even here, in the "old-folks home".


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

mtsi1098,

Hi, thanks for validating my thoughts. Yes we do need a reminder to get out, thanks for your comment!!


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi exjwlaurie,

how are you? So glad you enjoyed this! I feel strongly about it and it was something on my mind lol.

"The more "connected" we become--the more alone we feel.

absolutely,

We have to do our best to fight it and maintain our healthy relationships and outdoor activities. Thanks:)


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

@Wayne..

yes there are buttons to share but that's not the point...I suppose youre kind of person that keeps to themselves, that works out for you..Not me lol!

thanks for stopping in and commenting! I will check out that link.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Rose, i think we are all guilty of this at one time or another. But to here on Hubpages we are sharping up our written skills and learning new things by reading other hubbers hubs, and that is a good thing .But it is true most kids don't get out and play like we use to when we were young .


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

hey,

yeah, I wrote this on an extra bad day but yeah. We are doing something positive your right.

:-)


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

I really appreciate this hub.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

hanwillingham,

THANKYOU!!


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quicksand 5 years ago

I agree with Tom. Being online is interesting and rewarding too when compared to getting addicted to watching TV. :)


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

Hi quicksand,

Yes compared to tv, it is probably better. But if you combined all three: tv, computer, and video games..well if one does too much and (doesn't exercise or get out then THAT's the problem!! lol

but yes being on hub pages is ok!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Dear SchoolGirl ~ Addictions of all kinds are on the rise, including computer use. Rated interesting. Blessings, Debby


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA Author

thanks Debby, take care!


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub, and I bet you are right. I think we all need a little more time outdoors, but when it is cool, and when there is some ice tea around. GBY dear heart.


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA Author

stars,

Thanks so much for reading! I think so...:)) God bless you too!

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