Every day I sit in front of my iMac, just surfing the day away. Whether it’s for work or play, I’m always on the internet. However, nothings perfect. Everything has its flaws and here are 21 reasons why the internet sucks.
It’s always on.
Always on, always available, always ready to go. It’s not like TV where you plan our your shows, or sports where there is a defined season. Nope, it’s always internet season.
When it’s down, we freak out.
Dear God, it’s controlling our lives. A 5 minute outage can feel like an eternity! Or worse yet, you spend an hour hitting the reload button hoping for something to load. We could be outside, enjoying life, but no, the internet is down and we need to do everything in our power to bring it back, even though it’s probably all Comcasts fault.
Home, work, motels, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops or anywhere you have cell phone coverage you can be on the internet. It’s harder and harder to find places to escape. That is if you can handle escaping.
Makes people angry.
From pages not loading, to things not working right, or fast enough, too much to do, whatever the excuse, it seems that the little things can really make some unhappy people.
News travels fast. Too fast.
Across the world in seconds. That means that we are more informed about everything and that’s not always good. Just because a kid coughed in Mexico doesn’t mean I should be freaking out in MN about getting the swine flu.
Easy to fake.
No only does real news travel fast, but so does the fake stuff. You can whip up a rumor in seconds and get it to travel across the globe in no time. Remember how Steve Jobs died once?
Hard to tell truth from lies.
Since it’s easy to fake, it’s hard to tell what’s fact and what’s fiction. You can’t be completely gullible, yet you can’t trust everything. Even big companies try to pass off lies as the truth.
It’s big. Like really big.
You’ll never get to the end of it, it’s impossible. It’s just this ever growing web of tangled information that is to big to even try and comprehend.
Hard to keep secrets.
We’re about to have a baby any day now and I’m worried that if I get the call at work, before I’m even out the door the news will be on Twitter, then Facebook, and then my parents or in-laws will hear about it from a third-party and feel like they were the last to know. I just want to control the flow of baby news and keep the birth a secret until I’m ready for everyone to know. However, secrets and the internet don’t mix well.
Once it’s out there, it’s out there.
Information travels from one blog to the next. It hits social sites, or news sites, and it’s really hard to get back. If something private accidentally goes out, chances are, it’s forever on the internet. Scary huh?
Ever sit at your computer at 12:30 a.m. and think to yourself, just one more stumble, one more tweet, one more blog post? Yea, me too. How do you think I found time to write this post. Sorry sleep.
Not all ads are bad, but pop-up windows (even the web 2.0 ones), flashing banners, and sites that are made just to sick a crap load of advertisements on suck. Sometimes, I just want to read your content but can’t due to the overwhelming advertising.
People are mean.
It seems that when no one really knows you are which means you can hide behind your keyboard and be a jerk really easy. People grow a nice set of balls on the internet and it’s unfortunate that they use them for evil and not for good.
There is always something new.
Everywhere you turn there’s a new funny picture, a new cool video, a new free service, advancements, upgrades, gadgets, posts and so much more! It’s all shiny and new every minute of every day. Even when it’s old, if you haven’t seen it before, it’s new to you.
We believe it.
Have you ever had someone say “I read online that….” Really? You read it online so that makes it true? Sometimes yes, but where did you get your information? WebMD or joecool.blogspot.com? Believe it or not, not everything on the internet is true!
Everyone’s an expert.
No degree is needed, just say you’re an expert and wa-la. You can a lot from so-called experts like: how to cook, second languages, become a priest, do sugary, or you can even learn to build a house. All this and more From some “expert” who took the time to blog it or record a video.
It can spread hate.
The internet does a great job of connecting people, except when it connects the sickos or bad people. I’m sure I could find many sites that support hate, discrimination and other things that would be better off not being talked about.
You can learn bad bad things.
Wanna learn how to make a bomb? It’s on the internet. Want to learn how to get away with murder? It’s on the internet. It’s sad, but it’s out there.
Lack of privacy.
If it’s in the news, it’s on the internet. If it’s on the internet, everyone can access it. If it’s personal information, it’s not always private. You just might be amazed at what people can find out about you via the internet.
It can be used against you in a court of law.
Yea, so if you choose to do bad things they can take your computer and track your internet usage and use it against you. Or maybe all they need to do is look at your YouTube videos, Facebook account, or any online site where they may find you incriminating yourself. So I’d avoid doing bad bad things if I were you.
Everyone’s a critic.
Movies, music, people, and even your random blog posts are all available for criticism. People love to tell people how much they, or something they like, suck. Why can’t we all just be friends?
Even with all its faults, I still love the internet.