I've been using the Internet since I was 7 in 1997. I heard somewhere that children who use the Internet before 12 are more prone to depression, anxiety, addictions and social phobias than their counterparts... looking at myself, I have no reason to doubt it. But now I just use the Internet to play games. You have to have thick skin to deal with the trolling in video games, but that's never really a problem, the game usually ends then I move on and forget about everyone in it. Now that I have a job where I sit on a computer 8 hours a day, I can't play games so I have to go to other websites like CNN or Yahoo Answers to pass the time. I just read "news" stories about a kid scraping his knee in New York and it causing a panic in California so parents won't let their kids outside without a leash and a tracking chip. It just makes me so mad how societies focus is on the negative. Everything bad that ever happens is on the news and all it does is put panic in people to the point where they say things like "the days of letting your child outside to play is over"... like are you kidding me? Why is this legal for news agencies to report on pseudo-news just to cause a panic to everyone? The odds of your child being abducted are so astronomically low, but it happens to 1 kid in bum f-ck no where and all the sudden every parent think it's going to happen to them. This in turn leads to changes in laws. People are in such a panic that they want the government to do everything for them, so they give congress the authority to create laws out of everything instead of raising taxes just so they can turn more people into criminals. Like seriously, you can be arrested for spanking your child now. Disciplining your child is considered child abuse. Then I see police with nothing better to do shutting down 9 year old girls' lemonade stands because they didn't get the proper permits and have a health inspector give them a grade. And here I thought lemonade stands were as American as apple pie, but thanks to the panic the Internet causes, soon apple pie is going to be illegal because a 6 year old burns his tongue on it or something. It's pathetic and it just makes me lose all faith in humanity. It's like the mom who let her 13 year old daughter baby sit for a 3 year old, the 3 year old wandered outside and the mom got arrested for child neglect... I mean, wasn't "The Baby Sitters Club" a book series about 13 year old babysitters? Like, isn't that a really common profession for neighborhood 13 year old girls to babysit for neighbors? But thanks to the panic and thanks to the police, even that's now a crime. In my neighborhood there was someone certified to run a class to train 13 year olds to be baby sitters........... my sisters both attended it.... but now it's a fucking crime. Then theres facebook and twitter. Oh God, Facebook and Twitter are the downfall of humanity. All these companies drive us to it so they can capitalize on personal advertising. Phone commercials show someone updating a status that inspires and entire community to get together in a park at 5:30 to build a carnaval out of scrap metal and use the proceeds to cure cancer. Get real. The focus of social media is on the negative. How many people are thrown a parade for a status update? Yea, I can't think of 1... How many people are forced to publicly apologize, or get fired from a job, or lose their reputation because a status update or a tweet got taken out of context? God, I don't think you could get 100 people together and have enough fingers to count everyone that's gotten in trouble because of facebook... yet corporations are so out of touch with people that they think social media is used like that. It's amazing with how many times someones been screwed by social media that people continue to use social media. God. The Internet just depresses me. It's a cess pool of useless opinions with people trying to be as harsh as possible. Idiots think a president can solve 314 million peoples problems so they just divide themselves into "dems" and "republicans" and no one gives the opposing side the time of day. I honestly heard a Republican try to say that since democrats support gays, and gays inevitably become child molestors, that democrats support child molestors...... would we talk to each other like this face to face???? It's sad and pathetic and I can't get away from it. The Internet sucks. I miss the day of AOL. Anyone remember that time? When it was considered safe to not even give your last name to strangers? Now people put everything on the Internet except their social security numbers and expect it to be private, and then act dumb founded when their identity gets stolen. It really gets to me the way people talk to each other. It really depresses me and causes anxiety when people spew useless hate rhetoric simply because they don't like Obama. I'm on the Internet all day, and some of the things people say really stick with me. I delete my facebook and people assume I don't want to be friends with them in real life. I invited my friend Dennis over to my lake with about 6 other of my friends and Dennis asks one of my friends if they're going up to Dennis' cabin with him. Dennis said he didn't invite me because I didn't have a facebook.... then when I was right in front of him in person he still didn't invite me........... Sigh. If that commercial about "this is living" being on facebook if where we're headed, then I'd rather just put a bullet in my brain right now. It's the iSociety where MY opinion is the only right opinion and if my kid fucks up in school it's the teachers fault, not my fault that I didn't make him do his homework or help him study. Where I am not responsible for anything that happens around me.... like this thing called TracPhone.... someone on the Internet proposed we force all kids under 18 to use TracPhone so the parents can monitor their kids cell phone use while driving... that way if the kid decides to text and drive and kill someone, you don't blame the kid, you sue the adult as they should've been TracPhoning them better. No one is responsible for anything. You're poor because of Obama, not because you didn't finish high school. You're out of a job because of Obama, not because you were a lazy POS and the first one in line to be laid off. Your child is the best, so it's unfair to give the winner a first place ribbon, you have to give everyone a participation ribbon so my child feels like a winner too. FK THIS WORLD SRSLY.