Today we live in the age of instant information
and instant gratification, and many people
feel they cannot live without the internet.
However, for the longest time humanity did
just fine without it in their lives, and we
could do so again.
In fact, the truth is that at this point,
the internet is probably doing more harm than
good to humanity, and it would be better if
it just went away for a while.
While that may sound radical to some, we have
our reasons for saying so, which we will explain
in today’s article.
The Internet Can Connect People, But It Can
Also Isolate You To The World Close To You
Many people like to talk about how it is such
a great positive that the internet connects
people from all over the world on sites like
However, when you really stop to think about
it, while it seems like it is keeping us all
connected, it can also keep us isolated without
us even realizing it.
The problem is that when we see the little
status updates, and get that dopamine high,
especially when we are already busy with real
life; it fulfills this part of our mind that
believes we need to stay in touch with people
and spend time with them.
That psychological fulfillment makes us think
we are being connected, but unless we are
actually at least having conversations and
talking to them through messenger, we are
more alone than ever, despite being able to
see pictures of their children and leave a
like or two.
We may be more connected, but we are also
more isolated than ever.
The Internet Has Almost All Knowledge, But
It Lacks A Filter To Help You Evaluate It
The internet is often praised because it is
a repository of pretty much the sum total
of all human knowledge (minus certain things
that are secret of classified).
However, while this may sound like one of
the greatest things ever, it is a double-edged
sword and comes at a great cost.
We were always able to get to the vast majority
of humanity’s non-secret knowledge through
libraries or other sources, but it took us
longer to do so, and required us to go through
more trusted sources first.
Now, through the internet, we can find thousands
or even millions of results about the same
thing, and there is no guarantee they are
going to agree on any given bit of information.
In fact, more often than not, they don’t.
When researching anything online, you have
to be careful about who is and isn’t a legitimate
This can be tricky because the internet has
made us all think we are experts on everything
when we really aren’t.
Evaluating information when you don’t know
a subject well already is extra hard, and
if someone wants to build a foundation first
to understand the information they found on
the internet, they usually try to build that
foundation of knowledge… on the internet.
Facebook Has Become So Omnipresent It Is Sui
Generis In Terms Of Power
Sui generis means “in a class of its own”
and that is basically what has happened with
the social media site Facebook.
It has become so dominant and so powerful
that its influence can practically be compared
to that of many governments, and there is
little in the way of real regulation to control
how or why they do business the way they do.
Some countries have occasionally turned Facebook
off for a bit in times of crisis, but the
backlash is usually so fierce that it quickly
This brings up the question about what to
do with something like Facebook in the long
As a single company, without taking any of
our money, they have managed an insane amount
of influence over our daily lives, and no
social network, or social habits, seem currently
capable of breaking people of that influence
(or addiction, as the case may be with some,
due to the constant dopamine high we get from
The truth is that something like Facebook
is simply unprecedented in known human history,
and it could have unknown ramifications decades
from now — it is already hard to quantify
just how much it is changing the way we interact,
and removing the internet entirely may be
the only way to stop it.
No Bad Idea Cannot Be Found With Detailed
Instructions And Advocates For Its Use
The internet is a place where you can find
information about pretty much anything — and
sometimes you don’t even have to look that
Unfortunately, this isn’t limited to just
the good stuff.
If you want instructions for how to 3D print
a gun, or make bombs or other dangerous things,
you just need to hop online, and that’s
really only the start.
If it’s illegal and you can think of it,
And the internet just isn’t policed that
well, as people are uploading things constantly
and creating new web pages all the time, and
there is little oversight.
The FBI and other international organizations
are constantly looking for things like child
pornography and some of the worst, most illegal
things that are being shown, sold, or given
instructions on how to do, but it’s like
trying to remove all the water out of the
ocean with a bucket.
And, to make matters worse, a lot of legal
gray areas make the information hard to take
down as long as the person says they aren’t
actually using it, and that it’s just for
The Internet Has Normalized All Kinds Of Bizarre
Fetishes Into The Mainstream
Now, don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying
we are prudishly against pornography or that
there is anything wrong with something that
consenting people do in their own bedrooms.
However, the proliferation of pornography
on the internet, as satirized by South Park,
has often made it harder and harder for a
lot of people to get off simply by watching,
reading, or thinking about normal, vanilla
It’s practically boring now to some people
(you can find dozens of articles online about
whether or not you should “shame” people
for liking vanilla sex), and almost every
piece of sexual media now has some kind of
strange fetish, or some special element to
it to make it more interesting.
In a way this is not surprising, as the internet
has led to a renaissance in terms of high
quality entertainment, but it has also led
to a situation where many young people start
getting into sex and expect things that may
not necessarily be reality.
And also, while it may be easy enough to find
people into the stranger fetishes online,
it may be a lot harder to find a partner who
is also into it, and the internet is full
of people talking about how they are struggling
either to get their partner to accept their
fetish, or deal with their partner’s strangeness.
This doesn’t mean it’s wrong to have a
harmless but weird fetish, but it has made
a lot of young people have unrealistic expectations
about sex, and maybe given them an inaccurate
view of how easy it is to find a compatible
partner that shares a rarer fetish.
Child Pornography Has Proliferated Like Never
In the age of the internet, child porn has
become a huge problem, and it isn’t showing
signs of stopping anytime soon.
The problem is that the internet is worldwide
and people can upload things from any corner
of the globe, which makes it hard to actually
punish or get to a lot of people even when
you do realize who is the one perpetrating
You may have to refer things to their country’s
law enforcement and wait, while children are
And of course, that is if you can track them
to begin with, as evil child pornographers
are constantly using new tools in an attempt
to stay anonymous with the authorities.
And for webmasters, you cannot just ban people
in most cases from posting pictures at all
(you would have no one left using your websites),
so instead, with a combination of automated
programs, and often traumatized humans, we
as a species play a grim game of child porn
But as long as the internet exists, especially
as the mostly unregulated international entity
that it is, it is unlikely we will ever be
able to eradicate it from the worldwide web
Bullying Has Now Been Taken To An Entirely
New Level In The Modern Age
Back in the day, if you wanted to bully someone
you had to at least have the courage to face
them in person, or maybe call their house,
which required a little more nerve than a
quick message on Facebook.
Now, people feel emboldened to simply be mean,
and to constantly attack others all day on
social media, even when they know full well
if they pulled that in person they would probably
get a very real punch in the face.
Now, whole gangs of kids can easily harass
one person without leaving the comfort of
their homes, and drive them to suicide.
And it’s rather hard to properly punish
them for it.
Unless they are actually demonstrably encouraging
someone to commit suicide, that kind of intent
can be hard to prove, and punishments are
much less harsh for minors anyway, from a
The truth is that as long as the internet
exists, at least as such an unregulated entity,
it is going to be a hotbed for bullying, whether
it is just an individual or an entire group
ganging up on other kids, and it is going
to be very hard to stop.
It gives bullies a feeling of power, and it
causes the victims to feel like they never
have a place they can go to escape the pain.
Some would say just go offline, but with the
youth of today, that pretty much involves
social isolation, so it isn’t really an
effective or long term escape from the bullying.
No Matter How Bad What You Believe Is, You
Will Find Friends Online
Before the dawn of the internet, if you had
really awful ideas, such as racism, it would
be really hard to find that many people who
agreed with you that vociferously, especially
depending on where you live.
However, with the help of the internet you
can find people who will agree with any bad
idea you have.
You could believe that young boys should be
able to consent to sex like NAMBLA, the very
real organization satirized on South Park,
or that sex with animals is okay, or whatever
bad idea you can imagine.
You will find friends on the internet.
And it has gotten bad enough that you will
find people who not only think it isn’t
so bad, but will defend it (and you) to the
ends of the earth.
This allows bad ideas that were on the fringe,
and dying out, to see a sudden resurgence
in popularity, and infect an entirely new
generation with some of the same old bad ideas
and behaviors we once thought we had eliminated.
With the help of such mass communication,
it is all too easy to ensure that no bad idea
ever truly dies, and sometimes even returns
stronger than ever.
It Is No Longer A Bastion Of Free Communication,
And Its Usefulness Is Ending Quickly
Net neutrality has officially ended in the
USA, and despite efforts to curtail the inevitable,
the telecoms are winning the battle, and their
money is winning the day.
However, after all that spending, all they
really may end up doing is killing the internet
once and for all, and as such foolishly killing
their own business off like the greedy idiots
The truth is that the free enterprise and
fairness and ability of anyone to do anything
on the internet was what made it useful, despite
the double-edged sword aspects, and with that
gone it will slowly become more like a slightly
interactive form of cable television.
When the big telecoms start to control more
and more corners of the internet, and independent
and burgeoning websites begin to die off,
people will find it less and less useful,
and perhaps spend more time interacting with
each other in person for a change, or at least
reach out through telephone chatting more,
instead of just “liking” or “retweeting”
The fact of the matter is that when something
that was all about free communication becomes…
well, not that, it’s hard to expect it to
exist much longer, at least in anything close
to its current form.
It Has Almost Become “Too Big Too Fail”
and The Consequences Could Be Dire
Now, the argument by some when we talk about
moving on from the internet is that it’s
almost too integral a part of daily life,
and “too big to fail.”
However, the argument against this is the
same one many made against bailing out certain
banks after financial collapses.
The idea is that if something is too big too
fail, then we need to let it fail anyway and
fix the mess regardless of the pain, because
something that we can live without, but that
is “too big too fail,” is overall a detriment
to society that will eventually collapse on
If we control the collapse, we can at least
mitigate the damage.
However, if we wait until too late, until
the internet really starts to fall apart on
its own, the damage to our social and other
physical infrastructure is going to be much
harder to contain, as it will not really be
a “controlled dive” off of our dependency
on the internet.
However, the good news is that we have lived
without it before, and we can live without
And if we could end our dependence on the
internet, we could still be technologically
advanced and have quick communication, but
go back to a better, more thoughtful society
that spent more time on real life, personal,
meaningful interaction, and was happier and
better for it.