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What About The Internet Is Good, Bad, Or Just Downright Ugly

Updated on August 29, 2014

Scary Video, shades of The Net, the movie

Could It Happen?

In 1995 I went to the movies, and saw what I thought, at the time, was one of the scariest films ever, (notwithstanding the horror genres of today), "The Net," with Sandra Bullock. I was totally freaked out, because during the film I thought the things in the movie could come true. After the movie I was relieved, because I "knew" the things in the movie were just science fiction, and could not come true. Alas, here we are in the 21st century. and not only could they come true, I'm sure some of the very things depicted in the movie can, and have, come true. (See the Video above)

Just think of some of the things you see on YouTube, you can be sitting at home and actually see yourself on TV, or YouTube, doing whatever it is you do in the privacy of your own home. Scary, huh!

Internet Dynamic

This is a photo from a 1954 edition of Popular Mechanics…Depicting the future personal computer

What Is The Internet?

This is the explanation I got from The Internet. "The Internet is an association of thousands of networks and millions of computers across the world, that all work together to share information." There's what's called main lines, and they are collectively known as the Internet backbone, they carry the majority of the traffic. This backbone is made up of the biggest networks in the system, and they are owned by major Internet service providers. In the US the main lines intersect at five points, and they are, San Jose, San Francisco, both in California, Chicago, Illinois, the New York city area, which is in Pennsauken, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. This quote is verbatim. "These Networks access points use high-speed networking equipment to connect the backbone to other networks. These networks are owned by smaller regional and local ISPs, ( Internet Service Providers), which in turn lease access to companies and individuals in the areas they serve." Enough of that now.

The Internet can be found on various and sundry items, such as, first and foremost the Computer, also, PSP, iPhone, Cell phones, Video games, the new tablets, such as the iPad, the Android products, (Samsung Galaxy, Tab, HTC, and more), etc.


The Good

Just about a month ago I diagnosed and successfully treated a condition that could have had far reaching ramifications for me, had I let it go on any longer. I spent hours in emergency, with no results, I, then, came home, plugged the symptoms into my computer, and found the cause and cure for my problem. That's just one benefit of the Internet, (lifesaving medical knowledge). We can also find our way around town, or around the world with the aid of the Internet Map, or the computerized GPS systems. Another thing, we can talk to (via email, text, IM, chat), or, make, friends around the world. In addition, we can go to school, obtain employment, even work from home online. Then there's shopping, for everything from groceries to clothing, and all things in between, thereby saving fuel, and making the world a greener place in which to live again. Obviously, there's more positive things that the Internet can be used for, but in the interest of brevity, I'll move on.

The Bad

One bad thing for me, although it might not be for you, is I am becoming addicted. I have several email accounts, and I constantly check each one several times a day. Some spend inordinate amounts of time searching the worldwide web, thereby sitting for hours, even eating at the computer, at the expense of their waistlines, and their general health. Physical maladies are also sometimes associated with excessive use of the computer, conditions such as eye strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and much, much more.

Excessive use of the Internet causes anti-social behavior. One's friends become virtual, or faceless game buddies, and more, making it nearly impossible to foster real personal relationships. Socialization becomes harder, and harder as time goes on. Those are just a few of the "bad" things associated with the use of the Internet.

The Just Downright Ugly

The Internet has become the playground of those trolling for illicit activities. Such as child molesters, pedophiles and the like. At one time these perverts would find their prey the old fashion way, by trolling the streets etc. Now, the Internet has made it easier to track down their unsuspecting prey. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say that is one of the ugly sides of the Internet.

Another is, spying on an unsuspecting victim. Small cameras can be placed anywhere in the home, workplace, etc, of the intended victim, without their knowledge, and lo and behold one finds themself on YouTube, or some other public medium, all without their knowledge. This is not to say that YouTube is the culprit. I, like others, enjoy a good YouTube video now and again, so let's not shoot the messenger, (YouTube). The Internet has also become the stalkers main instrument, being able to find his unsuspecting victim as easily as turning on his computer.

Pornography, which was at one time available only to those who worked hard to get it, now it is available to anyone, including the very young, with just one click of the mouse. Numerous articles can and have been written on these subjects, so at this time I won't go into detail. Suffice it to say, dangers lurk behind every computer monitor for the very young, and those not voluntarily wanting to view it.

Conclusion

When the Internet is used for good it can be very good. However, if we become habitual users or abusers of the Internet our personal relationships can suffer or become non existent. Untold damage can be done to all concerned, when the Internet is used in a harmful manner.

The Internet is like a ship that has sailed and cannot be brought back to port, the ability to use it for whatever we want to has already happened. So it's up to us as individuals, as to how we use it. Will we use it for good, bad or just down right ugly?

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A fantastic hub. I so enjoyed it. Thank you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Hello, hello for stopping and reading, please stop over again soon.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Nice hub on the good, the bad and the ugly. The internet world only reflects the outer world. The ugliness of those living in the outer world bring it into the internet world. Thus, the same things occur.

      Sin is everywhere and invade everything. Thank you for the hub. Great job fastfreta!

      Forever His,

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      William R. Wilson 7 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      That video is pretty creepy. I'm seeing a lot of hubs about internet privacy lately. I'm glad that you are spreading awareness - this is important stuff! Nice hub.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thanks fastfreta this was very nice and useful... Are you looking at me? You're looking at me aren't you? You can see me. Stop it! Quit looking at me!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Good hub, Freta. You are so right in your analysis, but for some reason, it doesn't scare me. I find walking around downtown in some of the larger cities a lot more scary.

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      apricotmousse 7 years ago

      You never failed to amaze me with your hubs. I enjoyed reading them. I look forward to read more of your hubs. =)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you RevLady, I agree, the Internet does reflect some segments of society.

      Yeah William, the video did creep me out too.

      Micky Dee, you're crazy!

      Alekhouse, I find walking around downtown in big cities scary, sometimes, because of the Internet, as the video shows.

      Thank you apricotmousse, for your encouragement.

      Thank you all for stopping and reading my hub. Please come back.

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Great hub, ff. It IS scary, all that technology out there, and the video was just one example.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow. I found this interesting to read about. I honestly didn't know people could place camera's about and spy. The cheek of them!

      On the positive, at least it's got a Good side. I'm glad you found help with the medical issue. We just have to be cautious, as its getting more and more sophisticated by the minute. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks lorlie, yes that video certainly did creep me out.

      Hey there Lady_E, "miss hubscore 100." I'm glad you found this as interesting as I did. Translate, what does "the cheek of them" mean, (smile)?

      Thank you both for taking the time to read my hub. See you soon.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hear, Hear! I do appreciate your balanced view of the Internet. I agree, it has its good points and then it has its really bad sides. For me, on a good note, I've been able to turn my computer into a way to help make some extra money, I've enrolled my toddler in a virtual homeschool academy - so its been a great educational tool - on the other hand, much like yourself, I've found that it can be highly addictive. In the end, we just need to be aware of the pros, cons, and downright dangers of the Internet. Thanks for such a great hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Veronica for weighing in on this hub. Now if I can just find a way to make a little money with my addiction, I'd be ahead of the game, maybe you can share with me how you do it. See you soon.

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      Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Good hub, freta. You picked a good video and then I'm reminded of how freaky The Net was. Spending a lot of time online is a matter of course of many of us, but it's a bit scary how the technology can be used against us in ways we hadn't thought of.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Jeffrey, Yeah the video was a reminder to me too about the movie. The saying "truth is stranger than fiction" is proved true in this case. Thanks Jeffrey for stopping, see you soon.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      I saw this hub early this morning but didn't get a chance to read it so I book marked it and so glad I did. Excellent hub! I was aware of phone cloning but had no idea you could actually listed in. Scary, Scary stuff for that family.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Unlike you Bail Up, I had never heard of this at all. I almost wish I hadn't heard of it, as you said scary stuff. Thanks for the critique. See you soon.

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      shyonegb 7 years ago from Australia

      Great balance on the internet. Yes the internet has made people very anti-social and within the next few years we will be doing all of our shopping in the net. How would we live without it?

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      It is all true especially about the addictive part. Wonder why I am here sometimes 2 AM. It has a lot of good but when people misuse it, it will become ugly! Thanks for the hub.

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      You are so right I remember the movie and getting scared in todays world it can happen and it scares me.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Yes shyonegb, I do agree, it's almost impossible to live without the Internet now, but as you put it, there must be balance.

      tim-tim you sound like me, at 2 am I have to tear myself away and make myself go to bed.

      Right mpurcell10 it "does" happen in today's world.

      Thank you all for stopping, and taking the time to read, see you soon.

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      Susan Reid 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Congrats on making the top featured hub! Hope it brings more traffic to this excellent hub. I agree with everything you say -- I, too, have a love/hate relationship with my computer and have the expanding waistline to prove it!

      Best wishes for 2010 my dear friend. And I'm glad you got your medical condition under control. Hooray! MM

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      Kevin 7 years ago

      I'm sure this was a very alerting post to most, but I was already leery & aware of such.

      Yeah, eyeballs & ears are everywhere now. The more electronic-dependent society gets, the further the tracking devices will reach. I miss the good ol' days without all these senseless contraptions, when people lived a tangible life that we could experience in actuality as opposed to hiding in the computer-based cyberspace and blogospheres.

      Anyway, it was a really good post. Keep up the excellent work, fastfreta!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks MM, for stopping, and thanks for the congrats.

      Thanks Kevin, after writing this hub I saw another disturbing YouTube video on cyberstalking, scary stuff.

      Thank you both for stopping and taking time to read this. Hope to see you again soon.

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      uliveulearn 7 years ago from Canada

      Good stuff and a very enlightening video....I had no idea. Awareness is key, thanks for making me aware.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      What a scary thought about being watched! It really isn't impossible with the advent of web based TV nowadays. Have you read 1984? It's finally here, albeit late.

      Wonderful work here, fastfreta. I enjoyed your descriptions and really like your writing, especially when breaking down something as complex as the internet. Thanks for sharing.

      Dohn

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks uliveulearn, I had no idea either, I did not realize Big Brother had gotten this far.

      I agree dohn121 it is scary. No I never read 1984, however I've heard enough talk about it that I feel as if I have. You're right it is here.

      Thank you both for taking the time to read my hub, and I'm glad that you enjoyed it. See you soon.

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      Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nicely done Hub. Something else negative, I think, about the Internet (but not as ominous as some of the more serious things) is that, like television, it can color your view of the world - and not in a good way. I don't know - maybe it's better to know who and what is "out there", rather than living in ignorant bliss; but in a way, there's also something to be said for pre-Internet times, when people weren't as aware of the extent of "ugliness" that's "out there".

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting assessment,I agree ignorance is not bliss, to know is to be prepared, and being prepared is a protection. So to reiterate, knowing that these things are out there and that you can be affected by them can go a long way in the protection yourself and your love ones. Thanks for stopping Lisa, see you soon.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      fastfreta, you got a great title for this hub and it was an interesting read.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you 2uesday for the compliment, and for stopping, and taking the time to read. Please come again soon.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      OMG.... talk about big brother! It is now real..this is so scary and creeps me out to no end. What type of knuckle dragging low life pyscho would waste precious time threatening people in this manner? Thanks so much for the hub....very very informative.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Your reaction was similar to mine. Scary, scary scary. I like that "knuckle dragging low life phscho." Thanks pmccray for stopping and reading, please come again.

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      oderog 7 years ago from Nairobi

      Great hub on the internet, actually when interacting in the so many forums one has to consider what type of photos to place, these too can be misused by people and turn into something else. Otherwise internet is a place where all kind people Good, Bad and call them come to interact. So just be careful on what you place in the public domain

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      So true oderog. Thanks for that assessment. And thanks again for stopping and reading this hub. See you soon.

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      A very clear Hub with well presented arguments. I think that the anti-socialising aspect of the internet is one of its worst aspects and one that is likely to do real harm.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Nicks for weighing in on this hub. I agree with you about the anti-social aspect being harmful in the future. A thought just came to me on that subject. If we don't know our neighbors and a crisis arise, will we come to their aid or just turn our heads, and act as if we don't see? Of course, that is already happening, but as time goes it can only get worse. And I believe the electronic age has a lot to do with that. Anyway thanks again for visiting, please come back again soon.

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      Merlin 7 years ago

      Very Good hub with all information that It should have about internet good and bad...

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      technocrates 7 years ago from USA

      Nice HUB!!!

      I think it's all upto us, how we use the internet, Good or Bad is correlated to our usage..

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Merlin and technocrates for reading. Technocrates I agree that we do have the choice, however we do need to protect our children. Again thank you both for stopping, please come again.

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      Karla Whitmore 7 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Everything that can be used for good can also be used for evil. We need to treat the internet the same way we treat "real life" situations: with caution.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      You said it SEO IT, caution is what is needed. Thanks for stopping, please stop again soon.

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      bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

      Yes this is a great hub, well written and researched. Thanks for sharing. I reckon there are just as many snakes and angels on the net as there are in our real time lives. You just cant look em in the eye, so it makes it harder to tell who is who.

      Good one Fastfreta.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I agree bearclawmedia, there are unsavory elements on the Internet, and it's oh so hard to filter them out, so the advice for us all, is beware, beware, beware. Thanks for stopping and reading.

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      gyangroup 7 years ago

      I am amazed at what people do! The privacy that so many of us seem to think we have is imaginary. Many of us have to be more careful in how and where we use our mobile equipment and who we let into our homes. Seems the saying that Donald Trump made not trusting anyone but respecting them is the way to go. Thanks Fastreta I learned a lot today.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I agree gyangroup, privacy seems to be almost non existent today. Everywhere we look "Big Brother" is there, and it's largely due to the Internet. That is sometimes the ugly side of the Internet. Thank you gyangroup for taking time to read and comment on this hub. Please come again soon.

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      James J Mills 7 years ago from Northern California

      The internet can be very useful, but extremely wasteful and wanton as well. I have been out and about sailing on my boat and experiencing the REAL world for about a year now, and when I do come into a port and "go on line" I typically find about 50 - 60 emails / day in my mailbox. On average I simply delete about 95% of these and maybe find about 2% of interest. Of even more interest perhaps, is the fact that the NEWS stories all seem to remain the same from month to month, and when you have been away for a while its interesting how slowly the world really moves.... despite the frantic pace that the internet makes us believe everything happens. JM

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      WOW, James, I have to look into that, (world moving slowly thing). It would take someone on the outside looking in to see it, because being on the inside you tend to believe everything you're told. And about it being wasteful, I can testify to that, I actually spend much more time on here that I need to. Thanks for taking the precious little time you spend on the Internet to read my little hub, I feel honored that you did. Please come back again when you are back in port. Thank again!

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A great hub.Have not seen the movie but plan to someday. Fantastic hub. God Bless Dear Heart.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks stars439 again for stopping. See you soon.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Very informative hub and thorough writing. I enjoy reading it.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you hubpageswriter, for taking the time to read my hub, I'm delighted that you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again soon.

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      martinkono 7 years ago

      Thanks for a great hub. I am spreading the info all around. However those spy tools can be useful when you suspect wife of cheating.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks martinkono, for helping to get the word out, and thanks for taking the time to read. Please come again.

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      New York Walking Tours 6 years ago

      Yes this is a great hub, well written and researched. Thanks for sharing. I reckon there are just as many snakes and angels on the net as there are in our real time lives. You just cant look em in the eye, so it makes it harder to tell who is who.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you New York Walking Tours, for your critique, and I do agree with your assessment. Please stop again.

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      kipronor 5 years ago from Nairobi

      Great hud there

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks kipronor, for stopping, please come back.

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Good hub, fast freta, and thought provoking! Thank you-

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      You're right the internet can be a very scary thing at times. I also remember that Sandra Bullock movie, isn't it amazing the things that we have seen come to pass in such a short time.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks grinnin1, glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for stopping, please come back again.

      Yeah, Karen N, just think when the movie came out it was just science fiction to us, when all the time it was quasi-real. Thanks for stopping, and adding substance to my newly refined hub. Hope to see you again soon.

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      I had never heard of "The Net" until now and I really need to see it now! Your hub was very enjoyable reading and very well written. Its so true that the internet has taken over our lives. Some people would never need to leave home again as just about everything can be done from home. Voted up and interesting.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      You're so right about the not having to leave home, because almost any and everything can be done, via the web. I'm just waiting for the day when we will be able to perform surgery on ourselves, with the aid of the Internet.LOL! Anyway, thanks for stopping, please come back.

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      Wooded 5 years ago

      Great hub! I don't know about performing surgery on myself - too funny - but maybe we can help each other out when that time comes! =D

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Okay Wooded I'll look you up, and you'd better be ready, scalpels and all LOL! Hey thanks for stopping, and reading. See you later.

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