Do computers make us lazy?

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Do computers make us lazy?

  1. Yes, definitely!

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  2. Yes, a little.

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  3. Perhaps, other things more so.

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  4. No, I don't think so.

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  1. Ian

    Ian Administrator

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    Do you go out less and think society is lazier now that PCs are common place?

    The population is getting fatter and employees don't even need to leave their desks (all e-mail/word processor based). Can't be good can it?

    I thought about how much time I spend in front of the PC working, and it's scary. :eek: Most of that is just work for university, so there isn't much choice.
     
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    Adywebb Growing old.... Moderator

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    You could be right Ian - the number of questions we get here when a simple google search would do the trick illustrates peoples laziness to me :(

    Ok, Ok grumble over....;)
     
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    muckshifter Captain Crunchie, Retired Moderator

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    No! ... but then I have always been ant-social. ;)

    They never left their desks before computers ... hell, you could even have a smoke at your desk, now you have to go outside. :rolleyes:

    Work? ... how long do you think it would have taken to complete the same 'work' by hand ... would you like to hand-write a 40,000 word dissertation, in double-space, with 2" margins ... and so everybody can read it?

    Naw, computer don't make us lazy, people do that themselves. :D

    Now what did I vote for?
     
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    Reefsmoka Cookie Monster VIP Member

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    People are getting fatter n fatter ;) .
     
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    Now that I do agree with, although its convenient to blame it on PCs :)
     
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    muckshifter Captain Crunchie, Retired Moderator

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    ah now, you see that don't wash with me, and, more and more people are also realising ... typing crap into a computer produces crap ... they just do it very fast.

    :D
     
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    floppybootstomp sugar 'n spikes Moderator

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    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz................ eh? :eek:
     
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    Quadophile Hon. Acoustical Engineer Moderator

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    I don't blame the computer, I am on the computer for work reason officially and due to my hobbies in the evenings. Anyone involved in active hobbies like photography, cannot be termed as a lazy person!
     
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    Yeah made me lazy.
     
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    BANG!
     
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    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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    muckshifter Captain Crunchie, Retired Moderator

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    How old are you again PG?

    :D
     
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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.
    Regards
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    cirianz Chatter Box VIP Member

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    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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    CITech Offshore Crunchie Eater VIP Member

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    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 :D and I've been a lazy bugger ever since!

    Well, it's hard to change such a deep rooted characteristic ain't it ...... :D
     
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    We are all with you dont fret;) we all had/have to learn:D
     
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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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    and for the record, i am 16.

    unfortunately, i think scarily often like a 90 year old war veteran...
     
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    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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    Reefsmoka Cookie Monster VIP Member

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    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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