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10 things I hate about the Internet

Updated on August 14, 2014

I hate the Internet! (sometimes, that is)

It provides hours and hours of fun. It gives you an answer to every question in 0.08 seconds average. It lets you have your say, whatever the subject. It connects, promotes, enlightens. Gosh, the Internet is great. But it also gives you moments when you simply want to crash your computer against a wall. Let me give you 10 reasons why.

All pictures come from this source.

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rubbish pile public domain

1. The Internet is full of rubbish

Everyone can be an online writer. To publish, all you need is an Internet connection. This means that a lot of talented, smart people get to spread their views or knowledge. This also means you're more than likely to get across tons of literary disasters, because not all Internet authors are talented and smart. Let's face it - some of the content out there is simply complete and utter nonsense. And we have to live with that.

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powder sweets public domain

2. The Internet is full of sugar

Let me illustrate. Visit Etsy or a similar page. Choose the ugliest, kitschiest, the most awful item you can find. Go to comments page. Read. Puke.

For some reason criticizing anything on the Web seems to be a terrible, terrible faux pas. Ok, I do understand to some extent, venomous judgement hurts everyone. But is it technically possible to criticize something without the poisonous edge? I browse and I doubt.

There are two points I'm trying to make here:

1. It doesn't feel real. The world where everybody loves everything is just as convincing as Hollywood superhero movies, it's nauseating and personally it turns me into an aggressive, all-hating monster. Allergic reaction to sugar overdose, I suppose.

2. How can someone get better if everything he or she does is called bloody fantastic for political correctness or Internet etiquette? How can they know they NEED to get better?

To add some weight to my words, let me officially ask you:


No venom, please. But you're allowed not to like it. You're allowed not to agree with me. It's ok, you know?

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euro notes public domain

3. The Internet is full of people who want to sell you something

Hahaha, what a thing to say on Squidoo!

I have no doubt that selling stuff online is a cool way to make your living. I'm trying to do the same, although I would much prefer to do it by writing, not selling. Ebay etc. are extremely useful and shopping online saves you time, money and traffic jams, but sometimes it gets tiring. It all blew out of proportion. These days a webpage that doesn't sell a single thing should be given an award, I don't know, a Golden Trolley or something. Just to show it's special.

I'm cool with pages saying - Hi, it's a shop, you can buy this and that here, and we'll deliver it to your door.

But when I see 'Everything you need to know about tomatoes' including two sentences about tomatoes and 77 tomato products for sale I start frothing with rage.

Am I the only one?

Note 1: I've made the tomato website up. Just if you were wondering.

Note 2: I'm not adding a single selling unit into this lens, just to show that I mean it. Anything ad-ish here is automatically put in by Squidoo.

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question mark public domain

4. The Internet is full of misinformation

One day I wanted to find out what were the 10 greatest earthquakes ever recorded. I asked Google the Omniscient and...

Got about 20 different answers.

This applies to anything you want.

I have this tiny little dream that one day someone will come up with The Internet Credibility Check. So that if something is not true, it will be marked as such.

Hey, I know that's not possible. I'm only dreaming, right?

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bright idea public domain

5. The Internet is an inspiration killer

I really don't know how it works. The more you browse stuff that other people wrote, the less you're able to write your own. I am, anyway.

I think the phenomenon is amazing and worth studying if it proves to be more common.

Psychologically, it seems to be this stupid feeling of invisibility - there's so much content out there, you'd never be able to create something to stand out.

Energetically - well, energetically the Internet is just this big, bottomless, energy-sucking vampire. If you believe in such things, that is.

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wall clock public domain

6. The Internet is a time thief

Ok, so you're sitting down to do a decent day of publishing work. Only you need to check your emails first. Oh, look, you need to answer to at least this one and this one, too. And you need to check the recent news, after all it's important to know what's happening in the world. Someone's commented on your lens, well, you gotta check back, right? What a good material, keep on reading, commenting, polling, quizzing... While we're at quizzing, hell, you're only 124 points away from the next squidlevel, it's a shame not to kick it up. Oh, and there was this link for this fabulous pasticcio few clicks ago, you need to go back and check it out, and while you're there, they are recommending this cooking forum, and recipes there are said to be absolutely amazing, so you spend some time there, and...

After seven hours you realise it's getting dark and you didn't put together a single paragraph.

Sounds familiar?

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7. The Internet is full of freebies you need to pay for

This goes especially for computer software. Download x program absolutely free!! So you clutter your disk with some more stuff and only then you find out that while downloading it is really free, you need an expensive licence to actually run it.

Or 'register for free' services which surprise you with a bill two weeks later. I KNOW this one is illegal, but it doesn't mean it doesn't happen!

Or 'Three weeks in Caribbean absolutely gratis!!!*"

*Only if you buy a battleship first. Special offer, only $18,000,000,000...

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padlock public domain

8. The Internet is full of members-only websites

I know that most of those memberships are free. So what.

At the moment, I think I'm using about 30 different platforms I need to log onto to use. It's 30 different usernames and passwords and I'm running out of notebook space to write them all down.

I'm also not a member of about a 100 of various pretty useful platforms. I came, I saw (the 'register' bit), I ran like hell.

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teddy bear public domain

9. The Internet is full of people who crave your personal data

What is your occupation? Your name? Your address? Your email? Your favourite colour? Your teddy bear's name, if you still have one? Style of your knickers today?

In my last job, before we hired anyone, we typed their name in Google and usually we found them on Facebook. Together with their favourite food, band, pyjamas and pictures from this last pasty where they danced on a table topless...

Just some food for thought.

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full moon public domain

10. The Internet is full of scammers

Everybody knows it. Nobody stops it.

You know those 'I have $6,000,000,000 to give away, please relieve me of this burden' letters?

Or 'I'll pay you $1000 per click' schemes?

Or 'Hi, it's your bank calling, please confirm your account access codes' emails?

Or 'You'll earn thousands not moving your ass if you only buy this first' announcements?

Or 'Wow, you are 10000th visitor to our site, please claim your free trip to the Moon' offers?


Is anyone ever buying this crap?

If not, why is it still there???


Letting steam out helps!

Oooff, I feel so much better now!

Every psychologist will tell you that venting off your anger relieves it. Some other day I will write an article on 10 things I love about the Internet, but now...


Am I all alone?

Or any of the things listed above piss you off too? If only sometimes?

How many of my complaints make sense to you?

See results

Or rave. Whichever you choose.

Please keep your language civil. This page is G-rated and I need to keep it that way. I'll be forced to remove comments with adult vocabulary even if I agree with the sentiment expressed - not fun!

Your turn to rant

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      redewenur 18 months ago

      All the above is exactly right. I'd just like to add that, whilst most us are far from being masters of English language, a high proportion of 'comments' on webpages expose a very widespread gross ignorance of basic English - the kind of English normally learned by age 5. One of the gems is 'then' instead of 'than'. I w0nder if those folks ever read a book.

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      OrangeT 23 months ago

      I hate these come-ons such as "5 signs cancer is starting in your body" which then go into this extended video or slide show that goes on forever. They are probably trying to sell me something, but I have no desire to watch a 15, 20 or 30 minute presentation to see what they have to say, Hate that.

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      WHATDOWEDO 3 years ago

      ONE MORE THING-besides all the others missing from my quick rant that didn't get all the sense made it could have but

      What I hate most about the internet is one of it's better tools that has been turned against us pretty well FACEBOOK! it's a great idea to be able to find people from your past-to bad it's impossible to find them unless they aren't really in your past or you get lucky, but maybe most of the ones I am looking for aren't on there. But it is everywhere including the side of this page, it tracks were you've been and posts adds based on those places, visit e-bay and you'll have an add for what you were looking at on fb telling you it's not to late to get it and that is just the tip of the iceberg on it's overwhelming reach into our life's it is more addictive then e-mail checking more frustrating then blogging and totally the tool of george orwels fortelling future toys from 1984-just not quite as active....yet

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      whatdowedo 3 years ago

      I think some of the real problems that these things make is missing, like venting it might make us feel better but deters us from fixing the problems it just helps us get used to them. and the mess of anyone writing and everything getting lost is good idea's are lost things that are true but need work-the things that need to be known most widely get a lot less attention then the pictures of topless table dancing. and the loss of time is part of the ploy to entertain with trivial things so that we are happy and content to just sit think and watch rather then live act and do things to change the bigger problems that are closing in on us- I love all the information that is available today but once you see something and find a flaw in common thought it's impossible to bring it up to anyone of knowledge, Einstiens theory of space time is flawed or knowledge on history is a mess and our economy is ruining our country but I fear these things just like the problems online are not accidents

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      The anonymous trolls and assorted half-wits that find outlets for their often semi-illiterate spewings are the worst feature of the web.

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      Dajuice1 3 years ago

      this mustve been abig number 6 ey?

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I could really relate to all of your rantings and probably a lot of us feel and think the same. Great Lens! It is good to turn off your computer or whatever you use to get online for a few hours and go celebrate the real life, very refreshing and on the other hand, full of crap too sometimes. So it looks like the internet. Well, it's life. And ranting is great too, I know from experience!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      information overload, my brain is bursting. what I hate is undated news articles and other content, what a nuisance!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate stupid chain letters stuf and CAPTIALIZING WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. Inciting people to mail/share information that they probably CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT!

      Like "Give your friends a laugh, share my Internet rant " etc etc

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      past is present and present is past but the internet keeps on fooling us all - we do not have cyberlives

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      plus,people use it to hurt you emotionally instead of going up to your face and saying least then,if you don't like what they're saying you can punch them in the nose.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The internet could be a wonderous thing, but instead stupid, annoying, know-nothing people are allowed to post anything and everything on the internet even if they have absolutely no idea what the heck they're talking about. Today i tried looking up how to change the thermostat on my 1997 pontiac sunfire and instead of getting accurate results i got results for 20 other cars that i didn't even search for, plus video results showing where it is (not) at, plus people posting enormously long books about how to do it, but none gave me an exact location the thermostat. so feel for you man. you're not alone!!! :) PS- i realize i already posted this comment and i read the language warning AFTER i posted so i apologize and re-post this in compliance with the G-rated standards.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's not the technology, it's the people. The Nigerian letters are still my favorite. Hopefully no one falls for them anywhere.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate it when you go online at 7 PM and 5 minutes later it's 3 in the morning.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate that when you go to watch a video, many times you are forced to watch an advertisement!

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      Agree with most of your rant points, especially the time thief. That is my problem. On the other hand, internet is great source of info, I am sometimes wondering how we lived without google let's say! And I remember those times.... Does not really bother me that it's full of rubbish as I think I learned pretty well to sift through it. Great lens. Cheers

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love Internet and sometime I hate it, but I use it all the day and I think I cannot anymore live without it.

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      dwsurfshop 4 years ago

      A little rant now and then is good for the nerves. But I'd be interested to read about 10 things you love about the internet.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      With me it is a love/hate relationship because, as a journalist and SEO consultant, I'm using it all day long.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      At first I thought the add over the add rant was to prove your point.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Agree, stop saying lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree. The internet blows. But stop friggin' saying "lens".

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      kare2share 5 years ago

      So funny! I agree that these are all good reasons to hate the internet, especially #5 and #6 -- ugh, I'm having one of those days right now! As for the sugar overload part, I see your point but I just remind myself that what I think is "ugly, kitschy and awful" might be funny, cute, or cool to somebody else. Thanks for sharing your entertaining rant!

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      Love it!

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      jondar 5 years ago

      Can I have my 10 min back? 20 really? Try 120! Weeding through things is a pain!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I've been wishing for some time that the plug would be pulled on the Internet. I'd like to see if people could exist without it. Too many people spend their time on it, and have forgotten what it's like to actually do things outside! Information / disinformation overload is killing us! I totally agree with this page. Thanks so much for writing it!

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      On #2, I do negative comments, I freak at every misspelling/ typo I see- and won't stop hyperventilating until I've written a comment explaining exactly where the mistake is.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      @Edutopia: I dunno - I can think of people who are time thieves too. Not every website is one. I note that most of the comments are the sugar still..

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      /start-troll Sugar sugar... Honey honey... /end-troll - a fairly grouchy, yet pretty realistic numebr of reasons to hate the net, but I still love it. I love that poor writers can get on, although I hope they get feedback to tell them what they could do better. I don't write for sales, but sometimes - a sale is inspiration too. The problem with misinformation, is you have now started questioning all the sources. If somebody does find citations, or get their account of things verified, who is to say that the account on BBC news is more credible (I do question credibility of news companies - we should all do).

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      It feels like every complaint you listed about the internet could equally and easily apply to human interaction in the real world with maybe the exception of time thief. That one would require maybe two sentences to link with the real world in stead of just the one, haha.

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      HealthBug LM 6 years ago

      Good information which is really based on facts, marketing forces are working on each nook and corner of this world to fill the gap of demand and supply, we definitely need some basic information on right way to use internet.

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      nuestraherencia 6 years ago

      Another great lens. Funny about the OK, there go my lenses, huh? But I do have to say I can't stand when someone makes a webpage about something and then tries to sell you something completely unrelated to the subject...sigh...

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      So terribly true about the internet...

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      OH, this is a GREAT rant. Yes, the internet is great, but I consider it to be like my satellite TV service -- loaded down with junk.

      I'm sick to death of scammers, spammers, hackers, viruses, and supposedly "free" services that don't work unless you purchase an upgraded program.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      How true my friend. Thank goodness there are enough things I like about the internet to keep me coming back.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      There is certainly a lot of crap on the internet, but there's lots of good stuff too.

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      BlackHeart1 6 years ago

      Great lens!... I featured it here hope you don't mind

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      They shall never have our Teddy Bear's name.


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      Patricia 6 years ago

      True, but I am addicted anyway. I find inspiration and cool stuff too. I love Facebook, Squidoo and Zazzle and mostly am in those places.

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      Wow, could not have said it better myself. The sad thing is it is all true and I agree with the comment where you presented it well. Good Job!!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great complaints. I can't agree with you more.

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      tgnyc00 6 years ago

      Great lens!

      I SquidLiked you! When you have a moment check mine out:

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love your lens

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I love your sense of humor, even though you present this quite humorously, it's all 100% true.