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View Poll Results: Do computers make us lazy?
Yes, definitely! 749 44.72%
Yes, a little. 334 19.94%
Perhaps, other things more so. 170 10.15%
No, I don't think so. 422 25.19%
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Do computers make us lazy?

 
 
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      31st Jan 2006
people used to sit at their typewriters in a blanket of smog while small children got thrown up chimneys and down mineshafts. They sat at their desks smoking 3 cigars at once and firing people. They then got into their Jag Mark IIs and ran working class people over for fun.

computers? worse problems, methinks...

 



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      31st Jan 2006
How old are you again PG?


 


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      1st Feb 2006
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As a complete beginner, I find Google searches tend to find American companies trying to sell me stuff, even when I try UK only! I am far happier with the forum and appreciate the impartial replies. No one takes the **** (not much). Please bear with us who are groping in the dark but keen to learn.
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      1st Feb 2006
No, sorry, not at all. In fact as far as body energy goes the brain consumes more than 45%, well over and above your typical 6 pack.
Am I less fit because I use a computer... No, I don't really think so, I was only ever 'seasonally' outdoorsy (beaches, swimming, that sort of thing) & I still do all that.
Does it make me less social? No, I have personal rules about computer time, that's while you'll almost never see me here on a weekend & usually not in the evenings either (glances sheepily at clock) And I have friends all over the world that I would never have 'met' without the internet. Actually, asides from family time, like mucks, I've never been particularly social. I enjoy people when I'm with them, but am not really the 'chat over the fence' type person. Probably I socialise more with the internet than I would without it.

If someone is lazy then they'll be lazy whatever 'tools' they have (in fact they're probably more likely to favour passive entertainment like the TV rather than active/interactive entertainment such as the computer). To say that being on the computer is laziness is simply saying that "my type of work/play is more real/valid than yours because I'm using my muscles" and that's a load of rubbish. And the fact that you 'enjoy' your particular type of work/play does not make it somehow 'sinful'. John loves working/playing on his boat, I love working/playing on my computer. Big deal *shrugs*

Sorry but, as far as this debate goes I think that flops had the best contribution

 
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      1st Feb 2006
Interesting debate, and a good question Boss

In my own case, I don' think computers have made me lazy. Why should I blame it on the poor PC? I was lazy in school and we didn't even have computers there and I've been a lazy bugger ever since!

Well, it's hard to change such a deep rooted characteristic ain't it ......

 
 
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      1st Feb 2006
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As a complete beginner, I find Google searches tend to find American companies trying to sell me stuff, even when I try UK only! I am far happier with the forum and appreciate the impartial replies. No one takes the **** (not much). Please bear with us who are groping in the dark but keen to learn.
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      3rd Feb 2006
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we are all lazier than our previous generations!


god bless the person who set up this vote!

 


 
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      3rd Feb 2006
and for the record, i am 16.

unfortunately, i think scarily often like a 90 year old war veteran...

 



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      3rd Feb 2006
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we are all lazier than our previous generations!


god bless the person who set up this vote!

Again... how do you define laziness? Is it as in "not engaging in physical activity"?

or as in, that you enjoy the work you do on your computer & therefore it can't be work?

I have a friend who is an avid hiker & tramper. During the week he slogs it out on a computer in an office. To have to do the same when he would much rather be off, mucking around, having fun in the hills would be horrible hard work. So would he be being lazy doing that computer work? Or is it only defined as 'work & therefore not being lazy' because he doesn't want to be doing it? & how come his hiking is not seen as being lazy simply because he is engaging in physical activity? He is off, having fun, pursueing an activity that achieves nothing but his own enjoyment... just like I am when I play on my computer. And when I'm working on my computer (as opposed to playing) Yhat sure as **ll is not being lazy. It is hard & often exhausting work. So, how do you define being lazy?

Myself, I would define laziness as.
Leaving what you are obligated to do for someone else to do & when something NEEDS to be done & you don't do it.

Myself I would say that, however much we enjoy playing on our computers, most of do still manage to pay the rent, feed the wife/husband/kids, get the dishes done, prepare our own assgnments for school/university, etc... whatever our own obligations (to ourselves & others) and requirements for life happen to be, we manage to get them done. We may have moments when we 'can't be bothered, everyone does. But for the most part we get them done. Therefore we are not lazy. We are survivors in our own jungle (because believe me, even here & now, "the lazy gazelle becomes lion food"(quote NJ Kendrick).)

 
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      4th Feb 2006
Its a fact people are getting fatter and fatter, look at all the fat kids you see at schools nowadays. Thats because instead of playing outside, football, manhunt (not the PS2 game ) , basketball or just socializing there sitting behind there tvs/monitors playing games or just browsing the web.

If they tried to play football for about and hour they would be nackered and thats because they've been lazy for so long.

 
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