There are definitely pros and cons to spending a lot of your time on the computer. I’m sure a lot of you have had adults tell you that you spend too much time on the computer. Twinktoes87 left this post on the STACKS Buzz Board responding to that argument, and it made me think.
It is true that you can waste a lot of time doing mindless things on the computer, but I love Twinktoes‘ response about ways that being on STACKS can actually make you a better person.
Something these boards did was introduce me to people around the world, living in different countries, of different religions, different social backgrounds, and that’s great because where I come from the population is 88.3% white as of 2012, so I’ve literally never come across anyone more diverse than a few exchange students or the occasional out of state newcomer. Do you know how big of a thing that is for me? Imagine for a second if you never discovered the internet, never met new people, and never cultured yourself any more thoroughly. I bet I’ve talked to more diverse people than my grandparents have, and I’m guessing as generations go on, everyone will accept every minority and people who are different than them.
My mom is wrong in the fact that the internet makes you dumber. I’ve only gotten more intelligent from being on here. This place is meant not only to just say hey to people and talk, but to learn and have discussions and debates about things, and to WRITE! This place is one of two reasons why I’m so into writing nowadays.
Who can argue with that? Has being on the STACKS made you a smarter, better person? List YOUR pros and cons in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer