Problem: People on the internet.

In my head, for some time there’s been the makings of a blog entry, in which I complain about other internet users, and point out exactly why everything they post and share is entirely pointless and unworthy.

In particular, I have pre-prepared rants on:

– People who use the internet to attention seek
– People who use the internet to be unkind to others
– Practically everyone else as well

I would talk about the childish behaviour, unreasoned arguments, blatant attention seeking, and I’d probably end up rather smugly patting myself on the back for being different (I normally do).

I can’t write that as an entry, because the hypocrisy could be fatal, and I don’t think I can come to a constructive conclusion.

Furthermore, the more I think about it, the more I think the problem might actually be with me.

Apparently, I am one of over 7,000,000,000 (Seven billion) people in the world.

Of those, approximately 3,000,000,000 (Three billion) people have internet access.

So, there’s approximately 2,999,999,999 (Two billion, nine hundred and ninety nine million, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine)* people across the globe I could connect with. 98 percent of these are located on entirely separate land masses to myself – and yet, I use the internet to speak to people that shop in the same Tesco.

I clearly have no grounds to complain about them, surely if any of them were that bad, I’d have done something about it already, and probably have changed supermarkets.

However, that still leaves the people that I don’t know, the strangers on Facebook that pop into my news feed, the commenters on news websites, and all those infantile discussions on Reddit I scroll through. Maybe I could legitimately complain about them.

Again, they are perhaps not a fully representative cross section of the 3 billion internet users, in fact I’m willing to bet they mainly consist of students and the unemployed. They are most likely, mainly British and American, but they are at least not within walking distance of me.

Unfortunately, if I were to do that, I’d still be ignoring the real issue. That instead of bettering myself, with a tool that gives me effectively, access to all of humanity’s recorded knowledge and experience to date, I’ve been using it to read YouTube comments. Often on videos I haven’t even watched.

There’s a practically infinite possibility to learn, and instead I’m judging people I’ve never met.

Why do I do this? Perhaps because it’s an easy way of feeling better about myself, without actually being any better.

I am a person on the internet, and clearly I have a problem.

*I minused myself, I’m not talking to myself over the internet. That would be madness. Surely that’s what broken walkie talkies are for?

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