I used to meet cool girls with geeky hobbies on Livejournal and IRC. Dated a couple of them too.
Nowadays though you have sites like Instragram where you build a shrine to yourself. Geek girls have been turned into Stacies since all they have to do is post a picture of themselves in an Evangelion shirt or something and hundreds of desperate nerds feed them attention. Social media ruins everything.
Smartphones need to go too. I know people who used to be into tabletop games and outdoor hobbies but now they're just staring at screens 24/7.
I wish all technology after 1998 would just magically stop working.
And there's no planning anymore. It's perfectly acceptable to essentially announce that you're going to wait for a better offer. Women especially love to quadruple-book themselves and/or flake since it makes them feel popular and wanted.
I used to have to meet friends at landmarks at certain times because we didn't have cell phones. You can bet people actually fucking showed up on time since you couldn't keep everyone waiting by texting "omw".
>>26213730 honestly I just wish the internet would go away. No social media, all my sweet tech still there. Guess I'd have to actually leave my house to do shopping but that'd probably be better for me anyway. And I would have no place like this to wallow in misery.
>>26212558 Social media and smartphones didn't cause your pain, OP. All they did was make plain the nature of the normie. "Best" case scenario in a world without them is that you would have lived like you did in middle/high school: thinking you had friends when in reality you were an outcast.
The internet bent over the Middle Class and fucked it in the ass.
Sure, some IT jobs were created, but think about how many secretary jobs were eliminated. Nowadays there might be one secretary for a whole department thanks to e-mail and automation. How many stores were destroyed by Amazon and other online retailers?
>>26213970 Pretty much this. Social media made visible the people who are clearly nothing like you.
The only reason I went into social media was because it contained game apps that friends who played similar games outside Facebook [when Facebook overrode the dwindling population of smaller games on game sites] advised me to go there. Unfortunately, I got a good eye of these people and temporarily (thank god) reciprocated that behaviour. It was only until my game on Facebook, too, went out of service that I stopped going there.
From a very young age I knew I wasn't like most people. I was fortunate in that regard because most people don't figure it out and they need things like Facebook to realize it.
But I think most of those people understand that what they're doing is wrong, at least on a basic level. And what is it with everyone who have their heads buried in their phones yet act like they're above it? I see those posts on facebook all the time, like the one with the little old lady watching the parade or the couples without their smartphones. People are "baka"ing in the comments from their smartphones.
I pray for the day that the always connected lifestyle goes out of fashion so I can have my genuine sit-down forum experience again uninterrupted by these casuals. It seems impossible but soon every poor will be connected without exception, and everyone who grew up with smartphones will be old. Then maybe the cool kids won't want to be like their lame grandparents and will stop documenting their keggers and baby bumps.
>>26213920 There were plenty things to do you fucking normie. Plenty of dumb useless shit, but entertaining no less, like flash sites and games. Nothing mattered except creative content made by tons of users who were exploring this new and exciting world, it was separated from reality. Then social media came, and the internet instead of being something apart from reality, it became a tool for it. Something extra so normies could communicate more, attention whoring came and shit like upvotes and selfies took place everywhere. It was a comfy place before the normies took over and used the internet as a social tool. I bet anything that doesn't involve social interaction is considered nothing to you, filthy normie.
weird how no one mentioned this. I'm guilty of doing this as well. also people getting mad at you for not responding to their texts/calls in 5 minutes. I have so many friends who get angry over shit like this (again, I'm guilty of this too). before all this texting/social media everyone just hung out when they hung out. there was no need to be in touch 24/7, and I still don't see the point of being in touch 24/7.
>>26213730 Would you classify the modern web as Web 2.0? For me, I'd argue we're past that in a new age where the majority of the content is being centralized onto a few main websites and the shift is towards mobile devices instead of desktop browsing. This takes place in the form of social media and mobile apps. I guess you could call it Web 3.0.
For me Web 3.0 is the real problem and the internet of the 2000s, Web 2.0, was still good.
>>26214253 We're not attention whoring, aren't we? We don't even know each other, we're screaming into an interactive void. It's not social media. The only social media aspect of 4chan is /soc/ and we all know that's the normiest part of the site.
>>26214358 Social media is about humbly/subtly bragging and comparing your social life/status to others under the guise of "connecting to your friends closer than ever". 4chan is about discussion and not ego boosts. This is an imageboard and not a social network.
>>26214082 Vidya used to be an experience you could truly share with friends, just you and your bros playing in the same room but the online culture has changed that its almost an inconvenience to play in the same room
shit I wish I could back to 2016 when I was a 12 year old kid just learning how to use flash to make that shitty low frame rate animation of some dude getting shot and uploading that movie to newgrounds, only to see it get blammed (kudos if you know what getting blammed/saved means)
>>26214358 you're right, but there's also an exchange of content on here, however bad it may be
>Social media is defined as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." >the creation and exchange of user-generated content.
fucking memes man. that said, i dig >>26213668's term for it
Where do you guys stand on these early stage cancer websites? I'll start.
This cancer somehow metastasized together to form a new and previously unseen supercancer known as Tumblr.
>Hardforum, Genmay, etc
These forums are still good but slightly embarrassing in that the userbases are 40 year old dudes role playing early-2000 internet and they don't even know it because the only other thing they use the internet for is Microsoft Flight Simulator and the occasional autocad updates.
The mother of all cancers. This is where it all began boys.
This cancer was eventually fatal. It did end up teaching many kids about html and social engineering and information security though. These sites originally kept all the mentally ill contained and when the host died the symptoms began appearing at Twitter, Tumbler, et al.
You poor little newborn baby. Consider THE one thing people used the early Internet for outside of document sharing: communicating with one another under assumed names. What else do you think there even was? Writing erotic fiction to score big points on perverted mailing groups is also an exchange of content.
>>26214675 4chan is only similar to traditionally-defined "social media" in that both groups of users are looking for some form of validation. the huge, critical difference is that we're looking for validation anonymously, so that it's more special when we get it. pic related :)
>>26213517 >I wish technology after 1998 would just stop working >being this narcissistic Say goodbye to your precise GPS and google maps, and google earth, and advanced smart phones. Say goodbye to more that half a gig of ram, say goodbye to low harddrive storage space, say goodbye to half life 2 Say goodbye to economic stability Say goodbye to numerous medical advances, like making AIDS livable, better cancer treatment, and precise robotic surgery. Say goodbye to the modern internet in general.
>>26215781 You didn't whip out a newspaper at the bar, or at the family dining table, or causally talking to a friend. You read the paper in the morning at breakfast or during your commute, and the articles were informative and useful for later social interaction during the day.
>>26216011 There's a major, major difference between Walkman's/Game Boys and cell phones; availability and utility.
Gadgets in the past were gadgets, they were useful only in certain contexts and nobody would be continually glued to a GameBoy unless they were autists or retards. Now, the norm is to be constantly engaged in digital stimulation, a permanent dopamine drip in the form of social media, time wasting games, and unlimited internet access from almost anywhere in the world. It's really the ultimate form of control for the younger people and has become far more life essential and invasive than any gadget from my childhood ever was.
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