Could you survive without the Internet?

What do you think of this BBC news headline: “Youth cannot live without web”?

A survey of 16 to 24 year olds found that 75% of them feel they “couldn’t live” without the Internet. Ok, maybe there is some truth behind it, but I wouldn’t say we’re that dependent as in life or death! If Facebook simply disappeared one day though, I’d be pretty disoriented and disconnected.

A report recently that said that young people feel happiest when online! Do you? An article called Young people leading ‘hybrid lives’ and almost half ‘feel happiest when online’ references the survey that calls us a generation of ‘digital natives’, and I agree that yes, we are “at ease with a range of modern communications technologies”, don’t you?

What I don’t think we are all doing is “neglecting human contact”. I mean, sure there are those teens and even adults that live online, but for the most part most of us still meet up and go to events and talk at school or work, right? Either way, apparently 1/3 felt no need to talk to a person face to face about their problems because there are online resources.

I also came across a great photo competition, the topic being to show a scene from the world with no Internet. See the top 20 entries in The World of Tomorrow (If The Internet Disappeared Today).

One thing addressed is our way of getting the news? Many of us get it through Twitter or links posted on Facebook and other social networks. Most young people haven’t been reading the actual newspapers, especially with everything now online. So this entry to the competition is hillarious representation of what could be reported if there were no Internet:

One of the entries for the same photo competition shows a student getting an “A” on a Spelling and Grammar Test. OK, is your spelling really that bad online? I guess MSN talk and quick Facebook wall posts has really changed the way a lot of kids are growing up and learning to spell – so with no Internet, apparently everyone would be getting perfect on spelling tests.

That initial report published by online charity YouthNet also talks a lot about the risks and dangers of young people online. While there have been some serious cases, what do you really think about your safety online as a young person or young adult?

I agree with this guy, an Open University psychologist Graham Jones, who simply says that “I think children, teenagers and people under their mid-20s have grown up with technology and they understand it deeply”. So maybe those doing the studies just don’t understand. What do you think?

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