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    Are you happy being an internet developer?
    Does being on a computer so much make you happy?


    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?

    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?

    Personally I know that being online so much is making me less happy so I'm going to only come online rarely from now on. Computers are evil, I think. They rot your brain. They slowly eat away at your soul. The internet decreases your ability to create original thought... to create any actual thought. The internet further contributes to loneliness and increases isolation. There is such a thing as information overload, which removes any need to think for oneself.

    Good bye internet...

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    It sounds like you definetly should get out more!

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    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer
    About 4 hours per day. It's slowing going down though. I used to spend around 6-8 hours per day at a computer.

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?
    I think it's easier to interact with people online in the sense that it's easier to talk about "deep" things, but I definitely prefer talking to people in real life.

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?
    Same as above.

    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?
    I don't think I've become more or less happy. I'm about the same.

    I've figured that being at the computer too much has not only started screwing up my eyesight (a little, I'm still at 20/20), but also made me less of a real life person. I didn't have many friends before, but now that I've started decreesing my time at a computer I've 1) gotten straight A's so far (last year I had two B's), and 2) gained about 20 new friends. So I think limiting time at a computer definitely helps, but I don't think I could ever just stop using a computer since my main source of money comes from my online businesses.

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    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer


    Probably 4-5 a day.


    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?


    It depends. Overall I'm a very social person and enjoy talking with people in real life. Add that to the fact that I love to yap, and overall real life is more enjoyable and easier to trust. Talking online, however, is easier...don't have to make eye contact, your hair can be messed up, you can eat at the same time, etc.


    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?


    Depends on which people and how much work I have to do! If I have a lot to do and I'm well rested enough, I'll spend all day working on the computer. However, if there's someone I'd like to see, I'll get off. It varies overall.


    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?


    Right now I would be less happy...obviously I'm not going to do too much that makes me less happy, which means that however much I'm using it now is the amount that makes me most happy...see what I mean?

    Overall I do not think computers are evil, but yet people need to get out. I make a point to get out now and then, and think I've found a nice balance of using computers extensively, but not losing my grip on reality.

    As for thinking for myself - c'mon...remember the abortion thread? I think most people online do plenty of thinking.


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    I probably should go out more... but then again, it's not like I can go anywhere... I can't drive yet.

    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer?

    During weekdays: 4-5 hours daily.


    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?

    If it includes hot girls, then offline...
    But seriously, it depends who and what the case. Hard to say.


    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?

    Again, it depends on the situation.


    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?

    I don't know, would have to find out...

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    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer

    All day, maybe 12-14, maybe more. Work play etc.

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?

    Depends on the person.

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?

    Depends on the person.

    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?

    Less happy? Hell I wouldn't know what to do with myself. Read lots of books or take up painting or something. Of course I'd have to figure out a way to get money.


    I think these questions are really very silly. I do not chat online, I sometimes talk in IMs to my friends and family members but I'm usually doing something else while talking. I work online, I fiddle with my websites, and I play games.

    Look however at the lifestyle of someone else. Since most of you are in school I'll go with a highschooler. They go to school in the morning. If they do an extracurricular activity they stay after but the fact is the majority of kids, the average kids, these kids go home after school, some maybe to a part time job. But this is about free time, so what do they do in their free time? Watch TV probably, prime time sitcoms, talk on the phone to friends.

    This is not a better lifestyle. I hardly watch TV anymore, I enjoy online games much more so if I'm going to entertain myself I'll play a multiplayer game. Its partly for the interaction with people, and also for the challenge, playing against someone else in any games is fun. Thank god for the internet. I can be a terrorist holding hostages with 9 other terrorists who are actual people and trying to fight off the Seal Team which is composed of 10 real people, thinking real thoughts, trying their best to kill you. Its a load of fun. And when the rounds over you can do it again. I can play utopia and watch my province grow amidst the provinces of 70,000 other people. I can play Gemstone III and explore a world home to over 100,000 people with 2000 or so around at any given time.

    It's just more fun than watching TV.

    then what is the difference with chatting online or talking on the phone besides that online is much cheaper? There is no difference.

    I met my current girlfriend online, I want to marry her, but I'm waiting to ask. The internet has not pushed me away from people, it has brought love into my life.

    In fact on July 4th me and her went to a barbacue with 2 other couples, 2 other couples who were married, 2 other couples who had met online. Its more people than you think.

    The movie "The Net" was not an accurate picture. How many people really live like that where they have no face to face human interaction? Not very many I'm sure.

    And as far as preferences go. Do I prefer the computer over real people? Well it depends on the person. If someone I don't really care for is having a conversation I don't really care about in my living room I am not going to jump off the computer and go join them.

    But hey, I'm online 14 hours a day at least. I see my girlfriend almost every night. I go out with her every weekend, when I not with her I usually go out with some friends and party, or I visit my parents. Has the computer hampered my social life? No, I have just as much social life as anyone else. I have just changed all the TV watching phone talking working schooling time into internet time.

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    Originally posted by LuZeR

    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer
    8 - 16 usually 14 ...

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?
    There are people I like to talk to all the time. Offline and On. The only time I talk to people online is when I am at my computer for another reason. I don't sit down at my computer just to talk to people.

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?
    People I like = Offline. People I Don't Like = Online (easier to get rid of them)

    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?
    I have no idea.



    As far as a computer limiting your ability to create original thought, thats BS. It certainly depends upon how you utilize your computer. Programming, for example, promotes original though. So does this forum.

    I do believe that exsesive computer/internet usage can isolate you from local society. Which is why I make it a point to party EVERY friday night, no working for me till about 5pm saturday when the headache subsides...

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    I spend around 6 hours a day online.

    I dont really dig "chat" i would prefer to socialise with people person --> person. Some people i can only talk to online, the peeps that i can talk to offline i do.

    for the last question i have never tought about getting rid of the net or my comp...and please dont make me sad and mention.

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    I get out plenty, but my work on the internet isn't fulfilling. I'll still go on just not near as much. One hour a day max.

    Regarding the abortion debate we had. Was that original thought or was it just mindless regurgitation of the party line? I didn't present any new or original arguments and didn't see any.

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    Maybe not new to you...but I am only 16 years old and as such have to keep on my toes in such debates against what is usually several adults with conflicting viewpoints to my own.

    Party lines? I don't carry the tag republican permanently...I'm a conservative. My point is that a mindless zombie cannot engage in arguments like that...

    ...I still definetly think that there's no way people on the Net are not thinking for themselves. Just look at these forums, for example. I'd say the average IQ here is probably 20 points higher than the national average...

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    Originally posted by TWTCommish
    I'd say the average IQ here is probably 20 points higher than the national average...
    Does that include me?

    Sorry just thought I'd lighten up the thread.
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    Hehe...of course! Seriously though: I'd say the average person here is highly intelligent...that is, at least of all the people who post here regularly.

    Elledan, Martin, Marc, Kevin, Justin, James, Russell, Wayne, Chris, Eric, Stuart, Matt (all 12 of them!), Eva (don't know his real name), Micah, Adam, Christophe, Sherice, WebKat (dont know her real name )...most of these people, juding by their clarity and well thought out contributions to the dicussions here, seem near genius level...some obviously above that.

    My sincere apologies If I left someone off that list...I think you get the point though.

    Heck, try it for yourself everyone:
    http://www.iqtest.com

    I've taken it several times over the last few years...but bragging is for people with low self-esteem. Anyone care to take it and post their score here to see if my little theory holds water?

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    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer?

    During the week about 14-15 hours. I'm on them all day at work then at home working on my own sites and playing Icewind Dale until the wee small hours. Weekends I tend to spend most of my time out and about with friends.


    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?

    Most of my online friends became offline friends when I met them in real life. And most of my offline friends chat to me online too, so it doesn't really matter. Of course i've a few online friends i've never met cos they live abroad.


    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?

    Depends on the person, some of my 'friends' i can only stomach virtually! Interacting virtually is easier if you can't be bothered trying to make an impression though.


    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?

    Probably if I was out partying ever night, but I tried that for a month at university, nearly killed me!

    Oh and I took that IQ test thing, I hit 137. Anyone else want a go?

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    Aha! 137! Near genius level...the theory is lookin' good...

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    I got 138 but I wonder what it says about my IQ that I wasted 5 minutes of my life doing it...

    Also had problems with some of the US orientated questions:

    . If you have three quarters and a dime and a nickel and spend thirty three cents then this leaves you with fifty two cents.?

    How many cents are in a dime and a nickel?

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    My IQ score was 130, but I had the same problems as Peter Hibbit and even worse, since English is my 2nd language. I had to guess the answer on at least three questions simply because my knowledge of English didn't provide any support for those questions
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    If you have three quarters and a dime and a nickel and spend thirty three cents then this leaves you with fifty two cents.?

    How many cents are in a dime and a nickel?
    DIME = 10 cents
    NICKEL = 5 cents

    Anyway, I got 136 on the test.

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    Aha! Theory still holding true! 3 different people at near genius level thus far. Hehehe...anyone gonna crack 140? It's not that hard.

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    I did it too as I was left out of that list and I got realllllyyyy upset .
    I too got confused with the money question and I hazarded a guess, I do not know if I got it right or not. Some of the questions seemed rally obviuos like how mnay letters were in a sentence.

    Anyway I got 139 .

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    The real IQ test is located at http://test3.thespark.com/iqtest/

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    139! So close!

    Whattsup with the Spark IQ test? I'm on problem 101 without it scoring me...does it end or what?


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    heh heh heh ....

    been to that one before!
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    I did the IQ test thingie and got 145...and i didn't even understand three of the questions, im not American and we work in meters and the like.

    I think the trick is to pace yourself there is not need to rush, if you finish in under 13minutes your score only looses about 1 point for every three minutes, i did some experimenting after i finished.

    If you want proof go here http://www.iqtest.com/view/iqtest/op.../9712899427096

    I am over the **** moon about this i can really rub it in to all my teachers today...hehehehehe.

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    Originally posted by LuZeR
    Are you happy being an internet developer?
    Does being on a computer so much make you happy?


    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?

    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?

    Personally I know that being online so much is making me less happy so I'm going to only come online rarely from now on. Computers are evil, I think. They rot your brain. They slowly eat away at your soul. The internet decreases your ability to create original thought... to create any actual thought. The internet further contributes to loneliness and increases isolation. There is such a thing as information overload, which removes any need to think for oneself.

    Good bye internet...
    A: 9-14
    A: Real Life
    A: No way.
    A: Yes

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    Q: How many hours per day do you spend online/at a computer

    Probably about 5-6 on weekdays

    Q: Do you prefer interacting with actual real life people or people online?
    Definitely depends on the person

    Q: Do you prefer using a computer to interaction with people?
    As above


    Q: Do you think you would be more or less happy if you decreased your computer usage?
    Less happy...I'd be bored stiff and probably be depressed or something

    I am pretty happy, but I would be more so if school was a bit better and didn't take so much of my time (I have to spend 8 hours at school then another 2-3 on homework )

    BTW I also got 136 on the IQ test.
    Looks like we are all roughly around the same level



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