Has anyone noticed how common the insult "get a life" is on the internet? The prevailing stereotype of the avid computer-user is of an obese male, probably a virgin with no history of relationships, lives in his mother's basement etc. etc. But there also seems to be a developing culture of hypocrisy about the internet and the people who frequently use it. People say "Oh, it's not important it's only the internet"; if they disagree with someone it's "You need to switch off the computer and get outside more"; and if they take a dislike to a complete stranger it's "Well at least I have a girlfriend and can get it up on a regular basis!" Are these are just silly, easily available come-backs or is it an indication of a fundamental insecurity shared by many people on the internet that they should be outside more, living a "real life". Are we partaking in a dangerous self-referential fantasy which is bringing people together but alienating them at the same time? Or am I just hanging around too many adolescent forums? What do you guys think?