#1
I realized something the other day while playing Counter-Strike and hearing a prepubescent voice talking smack over a mic. Kids are now growing up with the internet as their outlet, and their main source of entertainment. I was born in 1987 (this is NOT a 90's thread) and I grew up while the internet was still in its early stages. I spent a lot of time outside, and with a group of friends just hanging out. While I'm not denying that kids still do these things, I think they generally take a back seat to the computer and subsequently, the web.

So isn't that a scary thought? Think about it. Most of us on here are like 14-18, but there are kids just now reaching adolescence that also have access to the internet, and everything on it. I guess there are browser blockers, but even if a kid so young is able to play a multiplayer game like CS, they're subjected to the cesspool that is the CS player base.

I think its bad for kids that are going through the early stages of development, the time when they turn into who they're going to be for the rest of their lives.
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#2
I think the internet can be a bad and good thing. In all honesty I matured a ton musically and as a person since joining some internet forums and UG. It's really had an impact on my life. Not saying that I still don't hang out and play outside, every weekend is still spent outside with my friends enjoying life.
#5
yes its very bad, i found my 7 year old brother on youporn yesterday...... very bad boy.....

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#6
Quote by StreetLight3989
I think the internet can be a bad and good thing. In all honesty I matured a ton musically and as a person since joining some internet forums and UG. It's really had an impact on my life. Not saying that I still don't hang out and play outside, every weekend is still spent outside with my friends enjoying life.


Was it a good or bad impact? If it hadn't occurred, where would you be now?

Not trying to prove a point or anything, just inviting discussion. I also think there are good and bad sides, but I also believe that it can be all good or all bad depending on the wya you view it. I mean if you spend too much of your life hypnotized by a computer monitor, it will be negative no matter what. But maybe if kids were better educated on how to digest the information they receive from a critical viewpoint, as opposed to taking it at face value and being fully influenced by it, they could mature quicker.
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#7
I agree. When I was a kid we were always running around, playing in the woods next to my house, playing kickball and other sports, and riding bikes. Now when I drive or ride my bike around my neighborhood, you hardly see any kids outside.
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#8
man u make me feel old now.

im 21 but i jumped on this site when i was 17.

altho TS u said u were born in '87 so im only a year older than you.


TS did u prefer mortal kombat or street fighter back in the day?
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#9
Quote by Martyr's Prayer
Was it a good or bad impact? If it hadn't occurred, where would you be now?

Not trying to prove a point or anything, just inviting discussion. I also think there are good and bad sides, but I also believe that it can be all good or all bad depending on the wya you view it. I mean if you spend too much of your life hypnotized by a computer monitor, it will be negative no matter what. But maybe if kids were better educated on how to digest the information they receive from a critical viewpoint, as opposed to taking it at face value and being fully influenced by it, they could mature quicker.

I would say it was an overall positive impact, I mean I've gotten more mature and learned to accept other people views because of the mesh of personality's on UG. That said, you need to go outside, I still go outside and I grew up outside. When I was a little kid in the summer we used to be outside all day, using our imaginations and having tons of fun. Now I don't see anyone outside, it's depressing in a way.
#10
i used to build **** when i was a kid, hell i half built a tree house when i was 10.

its stayed strong until '04 when th tree died and wind blew it over

R.I.P childhood lol
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#12
My dad worked in networking and internet so i always had computers around me growing up, i was playing ultima online and CS at the age of say 9 or 10. I still went outside and played and stuff, and i've turned into something perfectly normal i'd say. So heh, we'll see...
#13
Quote by StreetLight3989
Speaking of building stuff, I was a lego genius.


ohhhhhhhhhhhhh hell yeh!!

lego was the **** for a 90's kid.

anyone used to play 44 or 4040 or any variation of hide and seek?

british bulldogs (personal fave) was awesome too
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#14
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My dad worked in networking and internet so i always had computers around me growing up, i was playing ultima online and CS at the age of say 9 or 10. I still went outside and played and stuff, and i've turned into something perfectly normal i'd say. So heh, we'll see...
I had a computer since I was about 6, but I always played educational games that helped with reading and math.

And lego's are amazing
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

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#15
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I had a computer since I was about 6, but I always played educational games that helped with reading and math.

And lego's are amazing

i played the sims, cs, ultima online, star control, lots of random oldies games
#16
When I was at junior school, we had one computer for the whole school lol. And I'm only 20.
But yea, most kids have access to anything they want now.
I have to admit though, I spent alot of my childhood, 12+ playing pro evo on the playstation...

Maybe it hasn't changed that much.
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#17
Up until I was 12, I lived out of town in the middle of nowhere in the woods. I used to spend almost my whole day outside, every day. Now I love in town and there's really not much to do outside but play football with some friends when it's nice out. During the summer though, I spend my time outside on the river swimming, fishing and all types of water sports and at night I search the woods for old dead tree limbs to use for firewood. I miss the summer a lot.
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#18
Quote by element4433
I had a computer since I was about 6, but I always played educational games that helped with reading and math.

And lego's are amazing


Me to like THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE, that was a frigging awesome game.

I played lots of oudoor games to like hide and seek, cops and robbers, kick the can.
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#19
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i played the sims, cs, ultima online, star control, lots of random oldies games
I played Sims when I got alittle older, like 6th grade.
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i kinda wish we all had a penis and vagina instead of buttholes

i mean no offense to buttholes and poop or anything

Rest in Peace, Troy Davis and Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and Eric Garner and Mike Brown
#20
i wholeheartedly agree. the only times i am on the computer, i use UG and occationally facebook. AIM is a big problem of mine tho
#21
We had really slow dial-up until i was 11. I had a good outdoor life till then. I played football, made dens, had water fights and played Tig/Tag/Aki till my legs were sore.

The only consol i had was a N64 and only played it when i couldn't go out or it was rainy.

The internet is the new playground because supposingly, it's safer and less anti-social to let your children out and play incase they get mugged, beaten or kidnapped by paedophiles......
#22
Hell, I played the Sims all 5th grade because my 5th grade teacher loved the Sims.
I always like setting fireworks off and killing my guy
#23
I usually hit up the deli and play football w/ friends, go to hockey practice, then visit UG at like nine, it's more of like a relax, relief thing for me.
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#24
I was born in 87 too. We didn't get a PC until 2000, and the internet sometime after then. 56k dial up, pay as you go stylee, so it was a rationed experience. I also had parents who didn't like to see their kids spend a lot of time on a a computer, so I did a lot of playing outside. Living in the Highlands helped too, lots of free space.
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#25
i was a good mix between donkey kong country on the snes, then mario 64, and playing outside down the park - footy, wrestling, tig, er, then it was smoking and drinking.

but still, i WAS outside!!
#26
rant\

that's what i hate about my current house! i can't GO anywhere!!! i can't decide "hey i'm gonna go over to *insert friend name*'s house" because all my friends live a while away, so i can't walk, i can't drive, and i have nothing to do! especially during winter because it's not as fun to be outside so i spend most of my time indoors! i don't like it, but there's just nothing to do that involves being outside and running around because there's no one my age within 5-10 miles! i hate living in the middle of nowhere!

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#28
My wee cousin who is only like 4+, I can't remember , is already on the computer. He goes onto websites and finds stuff on the computer. He even gets on the computer at nursery. Whats even scarier is that my uncle, his dad, never went out when he was young and he stayed in the house all the time so i'm worried my cousin will end up that way.
Also my brother spends all his free time on the computer and constantly gets lecturs off my mum and dad about needing to go out. They gave up when he started working but still bring it up occasionly.
I can't stand being in the house all day especially at weekends.