Big numbers and change of life

  spikeychris 14:53 09 Jul 2004

709 million to 945 million: The estimated number of unique individuals who will use the Internet in 2004, all countries combined.

34.3 million: The estimated number of United Kingdom residents who will use the Internet in 2004.

Internet Usage in One Month, by Country, March 2004:

United Kingdom 19.9 million

United States 127.6 million

Has your social life been affected by the net/computers etc? Quite a few of my friends have ended up getting a divorce because of the ammount of time they give to thier computer??

  Old Shep 15:02 09 Jul 2004

I have cut down drastically on my computer usage since seing that Ray Parlours ex missus got most of his dosh. I now volunteer to Hoover,Polish and wash her car. Then I ask permission to get on the computer I'm lucky she is away this week.

With the increasing use of computers and the internet, we should all be aware of the health issues that arise.Staring at a monitor for long periods is not good - you should look away and stare at the wall for a few minutes every hour.Make sure that your chair is adjusted to avoid strain on your back, try and sit upright instead of slouching.To prevent RSI, make sure your mouse and mat are positioned to minimise strain on the wrist.It is often useful to use keyboard commands instead of the mouse from time to time.

For those who spend all their waking hours in front of the computer, try from time to time to speak out loud in case your vocal cords seize up. lol.

  jack 15:56 09 Jul 2004

Last week we were on our hols at the Jurassic coast.
I took 200 pix she took 50 plus with her digi cam - some were quite good some were taken same thing twice some were of her feet as she dragged the cam out of her bag and pressed the tit.
So I am wading through them and making slide show. We may see it this weekend perhaps may be if I can get off the Internet.
Slaves to computers - you bet what else do you do whilst she watches East Enders! Yup I hoover and Iron and Wash the Kitchen floor and feed the cat.
Get a life? ..........Well I had one somewhere
now what did I do with it?

  Forum Editor 18:58 09 Jul 2004

to remember what life was like without the internet isn't it?

We all used to gather round the piano and sing, or do embroidery and play charades. It was soon ten o'clock and time to light a candle and climb the stairs to bed. Tilly the chambermaid had turned down the covers and left a nice warm mug of milk on the table. Snuggled down under the eiderdown, there was time for a few pages of the latest novel by that clever Mr. Dickens, then drift off to sleep, to dream of..........who knows?

Personal computers, and the internet would have been an incomprehensible concept 50 years ago, never mind 150 years. It's impossible to sum up the ways in which a small metal box full of plastic, silicone, and metal components has changed the way we live, work and play in the short space of some 30 years. Imagine what can happen in the next decade or two - the mind boggles.

  sicknote 19:09 09 Jul 2004

How Life Has Changed ...
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-basedpaint which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat. We
drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this. We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top
speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one minded.

We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends we went
outside and found them.
We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

We played knock-and-run and were actually afraid of the owners catching us. We walked to friend's homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
And you're one of them. Congratulations!

Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good. For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read about us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile on your face:
The majority of students in universities today were born in 1983........They are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.

They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda Carlisle.
For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. AIDS has existed since they were born.

CD's have existed since they were born.
Michael Jackson has always been white.

To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.

They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are Films from last year.

They can never imagine life before computers.
They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the Famous Five.

They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone. Now let's check if we're getting old...

1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers.
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6.You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around.
7.You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old days, repeating again all the funny you have experienced together.
8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other friends because you think they will like it too...

Yes, you're getting older!!!!

  spuds 21:11 09 Jul 2004

Ahhhhh...Brings back 'olde' memories. Apple and orange for Christmas!.

I was one of the lucky ones as a child.Most of my friends were apprenticed to chimmney sweeps and sent up chimmnies to clean them.I was fortunate and became a Bevin boy and went down the mines.Those were the days, youngsters have it too easy these days.

  Dumble452 07:09 10 Jul 2004

Who remembers log tables and slide rules now?

  Nellie2 11:20 10 Jul 2004

If I wasn't sat in front of my computer I would most probably be vegged out in front of the TV watching soaps or some other drivel.

I have a hungry mind...and I get an awful lot of satisfaction from what I do with my computer time. I think that those around me should accept that... as I accept the things that interest them!

  zootmo 12:22 10 Jul 2004

And they say that if you can remember the sixties then you weren't there.I thought it was a reference to all the mind altering drugs that were available I hadn't thought about lead paint!

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