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What did the Internet ever do for us? The Pro's and Cons of the Web

What did the Internet ever do for us? The Pro's and Cons of the Web

Strands in the web

It was CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research that developed the world wide web for their own use and eventually allowed the public to have a go with it for free! Over the last 20 years we have seen the steady expansion of the web via pc;s to laptops, to mobile phones and tablets, today over 3 billion users with 10 more people 'logging on' every second, have or are becoming (to use the words of Chief Seattle), have become a strand in this web. Life without the internet is a soft memory of paper books, keep-it-quick dial up calls with friends and hanging around on park swings.

Like many other things in life the internet can be used or abused.

Paracelsus a physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer and occultist way back in the 15 Century is who pioneered the use of chemicals and minerals in medicine wrote a now famous quote;

"All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison." 

― Paracelsus

The thing about the internet is, that in the scheme of things it is still new and relatively young, which means we and more importantly our children our guinea pigs.

Just like the early physicians finding the right dose was trial and error, there was bound to be casualties. So how can we 'save our children from becoming a victim of the internet?

According to Childwise UK * children spend an average of 1 hour 50 minutes online per day. From my own experience I would say this might be an underestimation and that this amount of time increases for teens and young adults - according to Pew*4, 81% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are wireless Internet users. By which time as parents we have less and less control over how much time they are spending on the internet.

The Downside

There are thousands of tweets, shares, likes  &instagrams a second. The social networking enigma shows us how we all want to feel connected and belong, even without social networking young people have the challenge of not distorting this natural human condition with their ego and becoming a slave to the opinions of others. Peer pressure to be gorgeous and funny all the time is not lessened by social networks but increased and a number of research papers indicate that access to the internet and social media can actually lead to increased levels of loneliness.

At the same time social networking exposes them to a steady flow of mostly contradicting information expressed in every way - funny, emotionally charged, opinionated, aggressive and manipulating. Perhaps you heard about Facebook's secret mood experiment last year? In an article in the guardian Robert Booth wrote how facebook…

"manipulated information posted on 689,000 users' home pages and found it could make people feel more positive or negative through a process of "emotional contagion". *1

by Robert Booth

They did not ask anyone's consent for this. This experiment shows that our mood and state of mind is indeed influenced by what we see on our social network streams and scrolling casually down the page between chores leaves little time for discernment.

The Upside

Yet, there is so much to be learned on the internet, with plenty of information delivered with integrity at our fingertips. It seems the younger generations surfing the web today have the job of sifting through and finding the true stuff.

It seems we cannot stop this tide, but must find ways to surf it, as parents a lot is expected of us to do the research and protect our children but how?

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.

― Anne Frank

Take young children OUT take your babes to the park, the beach, take them into nature, we can't cajole young adults to 'go and play in the garden', but we can take them on a wilderness hike or encourage them to take exercise to counteract the amount of hours spent sitting. Apparently introducing exercise to children when they are young, becomes a healthy habit that they tend to keep up. Exercise also increases serotonin, the brain chemical that makes us feel happy, so it will help counteract any negativity they have been unwittingly exposed too.

There is a lot of frankly terrifying information out there on the dangers of radiation or Electro magnetic fields (EMF) emitted by wifi, particularly mobile phones, after researching into this you may well find yourself constantly reminding your child to not carry their phone close to their body!

Walking barefoot on the earth or 'Earthing', discharges the electro magnetic build in the body from excessive EMF, this and just 'being' in a natural environment resets our frequency and brings us up into a more balanced state. In this interesting free ebook 'Earthing' 8* by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. & Martin Zucker they write:

...without Earth contact the body was always being charged by the electromagnetic fields and static electricity in the bedroom or office or wherever. When you're grounded, you don't have a charge.

by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D. & Martin Zucker

Encourage discernment and the 'Tabletop' method whereby if the 'fact' is the tabletop, it needs legs to support it, otherwise it's just a plank. If you can't find legs to support your table fact, keep a very open mind. Another good approach to questionable information is 'follow the money', the true motivation behind a lot information can be found this way.

Caught in the web

What does the future hold for us and future generations. We now have the Internet of things ( IoT *3) which is the network of actual things that have electronic devices in them and share data between them, this means living things too like plants and farm animals for example. It seems if we are not careful, we will become one of these 'things', with the concept of implants being 'sold' to us to keep us safe?! With or without implants we are are helping create the internet by our input, we could see the internet as a metaphor for our psychic connection with all people and all things, mirroring our desire to connect and communicate - perhaps it is the step before waking up and realising we are are all one, eventually we may be able to share information without the help of this interface that we call the internet?

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