The Computer Wave

It’s very easy to be swept away by the cyber wave, but you don’t have to drown in it if you’ve learned how to surf with sense. Ever heard of the Swedish word Lagom? It means “Just enough” or “With moderation” and that’s just what’s needed when it comes to the internet.

The cyber world and real life don’t have to take out each other. They both needs to co-exist to form the modern human community. We geeks do exist – we’re just unknown to the “none geeks” as they haven’t done any proper cyber handshakes.

It’s no good to stand outside the real world, but it’s not good to stand outside the cyber world either. The ones that do, takes the risk of being hopelessly lost in the future – and that is a lot of persons. They simply don’t have the opportunity or will to explore the cyber world. There is so much to experience in both worlds and I don’t want to miss any of them. I really pity the ones that does.

There is a lot of people standing completely like living question marks when it comes to cyber stuff. I actually find them being a bit “off the world” even if they do have reasons for it. Then on the other hand, I’ve met people who lives only by the cyber world and that is not good either – but what’s the alternative for some of them?

In most of these cases I noticed that if they shouldn’t have the cyber world to turn to, they would have had nothing or none. And that’s bad. I find it better that they at least communicate with people through their computers than not at all. Sure you can think that if they didn’t have the computer, they would be forced to go out and take contact with other humans, but the answers isn’t always that easy. Most of them won’t do that anyway, partly because they have problems that won’t let them. It can be some illness or whatever every day reasons that prevents them.

I’m sure that many of the negative remarks about computers and internet that “none geeks” gives us, comes from the fact that they feel a little bit scared of the unknown and left out of it. Unfortunately, the longer they wait to learn something about it, the harder it gets. It’s almost impossible to stop the evolution and they will be left behind.

There is nothing like being touched in real life, but you can get another feeling of being touched in the cyber world that is a good experience too. You also get to know people you would never have met in real life and you broaden your views significantly. Some of us even met our loved ones over the internet.

I’ve found loads of very different information on the internet that I would NEVER have found in real life and therefor I’ve learned so much more. I’ve even benefit from it by knowing more of my own back problems and have been able to use it in my real life in my arguments with the doctors who doesn’t tell me anything valuable. That’s some real use of it.

How ever, it takes some strong self knowledge and discipline to balance the amount of time spent in front of the computer versus real life, socializing with friends, family and others. Some people don’t have that self-discipline and may need some help on the way.

Actually I think that it’s the same when it comes to watching TV, some people disappear into the TV world. I find that even worse, because you’re not socializing at all then and some programs can be really bad, not educating, developing or challenging your brain in any way at all. The cyberworld is offering much more.

I see it like two different dimensions that together build an entirety – the cyberreality. They complement each other like a happily married couple ;-)

Sure, we are weirdos – but we are wise weirdos *lol*

I’m proud of being an elite weird freak geek…

NOTE: Special thanks to you Napfisk for writing your post The Elite over at No dependecies /No logo about the geeks being The Elite that don’t exists. It made me come up with this thoughts, partly as my answer to his post.

4 Comments on “Elite weird freak geek”

    Napfisk said:

    Hey thanks Lifecruiser. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that you managed to get it out of your system finally.

    Like I said, I too am glad to be a part of all of this and think it’s a shame that still so few people are. That is why you make such a good point about how ‘real’ social life and virtual social life should join together even more; your comparison with TV I found especially interesting since it is indeed such a one-way system.

    My post surely made some hearts beat faster; I even got commented on by Scoble himself. How geeky cool is that? Thanks for blogging!

    Lifecruiser: That’s really cool Napfisk, I guess that makes you the über elite weird freak geek ;-)

    sharlet said:

    I agree with you Mrs Lifecruiser! A balance is needed, and I agree that we have so much more to gain from the Internet – it really is a gateway to the information universe; but that aside, I find TV useful at times too – documentaries and other informative programmes offer information, and we need entertainment to keep us happy. :) Besides, we don’t have to click when we’re watching TV, or wait for our lousy Internet connection to load the page we want to see. ;D

    Lifecruiser: As with the TV, it demands that you yourself is able to sort out the bad information sources and keep searching and watching the good ones. It’s too easy to get stuck with meaningless stuff. How many persons aren’t sitting in front of the TV watching some simply brain killing program. There is simply too much of them as they are cheeper to produce. And it’s easy to get stucked there, since they don’t demand anything from you and many persons are somewhat brainwashed from their workday.

    sisiggy said:

    As in all things, moderation. I go into phases where I’m on the computer a lot and then I’ll got into a phase where I can barely get work done because I’m sick of looking at the screen. Balances in the end, I guess. I am having trouble getting into watching TV, which I feel I need to do to write my column. I always end up watching an old movie on a movie channel, which doesn’t help at all.

    Lifecruiser: I so recognize what you’re saying. I’m like that too. I get a lot of other things done when I suppose to do something completely different…

    Dirty Butter said:

    My first computer was an Apple II+, so I’m a geek from way back. The balance part is my biggest problem.

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    Lifecruiser: The balance part seems to be many bloggers problem :-) I guess when you are that amused by it, it’s hard to stop… Thanks for the invite, I’ll check it up as soon as possible!

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