How Internet Changed My Life

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Jose Luis Ortega Vaquero

Internet have changed my life

In recent years we have been witnessing a real acceleration of society as regards to technology, both in its development and the emergence of new forms. An important change that should be noted is Internet, and how it has affected different areas of everyday life, especially regarding social relations.

The constant use of technologies such as mobile phone, iPod or computer with Internet connections... has led to increasingly more independence in relationships. We isolated and locked ourselves in a "bubble" full of tools with which we relate to each other, apart from the human side of the relationship. Thus, as we can see many people glued to their mobile phones (no need to mention that all with Wi-Fi or direct Internet connection) communicating with friends and family.

I remember the first time I started to use Internet, I was eleven years old and everything started when I was at my school. I heard about something called Windows Live Messenger (also called MSN), It is a program where you can talk online with your friends. At the beginning I didn't care about it, but then I realized that a big part of my friends were using it, so I thought that it could be a fun idea starting to use it too. I finished school and I went straight home, and instead of doing my homework, as I always did, I went to my computer, turned it on, and downloaded Windows Live Messenger. The first user that I added was my best friend, he was connected at that time, so we started talking and figuring out all the things that MSN had. I was talking with him, and a few more friends that I was adding through the process, for at least 2 hours and a half, and of course, I forgot to do all my homework. So I can say that from here, internet was changing my life.

Since this point, I started to become more irresponsible and instead of doing my homework every day after school, I started doing it at night hours, in fact, it was a few to many days that I never did my homework.

Few years after, this program called Tuenti started to become famous, and of course, everybody wanted to use it. Tuenti is a Social network like Facebook but just for Spain, and at that time Facebook wasn’t that famous like it is nowadays. Tuenti was great, you could post comments, send private messages, upload photos and tag people on those…, it had everything excepted chat. This is why we still used MSN, because chatting with people was one of the best things to do at this time. Not long time after, an actualization for Tuenti included chat, so I can say that MSN was now old fashioned, just a few people kept using it. Tuenti started to get all my attention when I was at home; finding cool pictures to upload on Tuenti, talking with my friends all the time, sending post and comments to other pictures… I was starting to leave homework and studies behind.

Around the age of fifteen to sixteen years old, the online gaming was a big deal then. I remember this game called “Call of duty” was one of the most famous games to play multiplayer online. Most of the time in class we talked about this game, and then, when we went home after school the first thing my friends and me did was playing this game. One big problem of this game was that it was a shooting game, so you had to “kill people”, and this made me become irritable at that time. I played for so long that I was becoming a very good player, and this meant that when I lost I used to get angry and I had a lot of nonsense quarrels with my friends. For me, online games and normal games have a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that it is an amazing training for our brain, we are capable to proccess a lot of data at the same time. It also affect positively to our eyes, because this are subjected to a big training too. But it also have a bad thing, that most of the people don't know when it is time to finishing playing, we spend so much time of our free time that...
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