Why has the internet become boring lately
The internet is boring
It is said that 30 million people in the UK and the US have said goodbye to the Internet altogether. The data was mainly obtained through surveys (see also: Internet Dropouts, InterNots and the Nevers). A particularly large number of these Internet flees are said to be teenagers. "They came, they surfed and they went back to the beach," headlines Sally Wyatt from the research program Virtual Society?that this group investigated. In Wyatt's view, the "former users" are not neo-Luddites, but simply refusals of attention. After not finding what they wanted on the web, they simply turned to other activities.
Wyatt cites boredom, too much advertising and the insight that having your own access is not worthwhile as reasons that are particularly relevant for teenagers. The doubters of the next generation are also supported by indications that teenagers would withdraw from the Internet because there wasn't enough to buy there. In fact, many websites specifically aimed at teenagers turned out to be business failures.
Overall, the researchers believe that the effects of the Internet have been greatly overestimated. The fascination could only have been a passing phenomenon, to which the current problems of the Internet companies seem to fit right now. "It will change our lives," says Steve Woolgar, project leader at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), "but not half as profound as we thought it would. For the bulk of the population it will not be essential to life change." In his opinion, the Internet is not a substitute for conventional processes; virtual activity merely stimulates real activity. The best example of this is the idea of the paperless office.
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