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[CHAT] Days of our <online> lives

Who remembers the good old days of MSN messenger?

and MySpace? 

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Back before Facebook had come on the scene, you’d sit on MSN for hours at a time chatting with friends and pretending to log in *just* after your crush so that he/she would notice you were on (or was that just me?). Btw, Myspace is still a thing. Why? Who knows? But what we do know is that social media has changed – and grown – in a huge way. We’re liking each other’s FB statuses, retweeting, reblogging and sharing – connecting with each other in ways that were practically unthinkable a few decades ago.

 

All of this comes with benefits and risks, just like everything else in life. I’ll use Tumblr as an example: for those of you who don’t know Tumblr is a ‘microblogging’ platform where you have the option to make your own posts or ‘reblog’ (basically a type of sharing so that someone else’s post appears on your blog) a post. When I joined Tumblr I did not expect to find as many people as I have who share my worldview, and taught me so much about myself, themselves and the world. I was able to interact with people across the globe, and being Australian usually meant blogging with American nightbloggers who were awake during the wee hours.

 

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Tumblr wasn’t – and still isnt’ – all glitter and fun times. A lot of the issues with Tumblr were similar for other social media platforms, and even now we’re still telling ourselves not to give out certain details about where we live. There’s always the worry that meeting an online friend IRL may not turn out as peachy as we might hope, and it can be difficult to read the intentions of a person you can’t actually see. This is where this week's Getting Real session comes in – hear social media stories of super great internet friendships, stories which didn’t turn out so great, and advice on how to stay safe online. Right here, Monday 29th June at 8pm AEST!

 

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Hi everybody, welcome to today’s Getting Real Session! Tonight we’re going to be talking about all things online, whether that means social media, online friendships or keeping yourself safe while surfing the interwebs.

 

As always, please make sure that you’ve had a look at the community guidelines before we start tonight’s chat and if you feel distressed at any point please visit our emergency help page.

 

So lets get this show on the road!

 

These days the Internet is a huge part of our lives. What do you think are some of the positives in that?

 

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Hey everyone!! Welcome to tonight's GR session hosted by @Chessca_H and myself Smiley Happy

 

These days the Internet is a huge part of our lives. What do you think are some of the positives in that?

 

There's so many ways in which the Internet affects my life, so there are a lot of positives. Everything seems so much more convenient, and I can meet up and talk to people without even leaving my bed!!

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I think that one of the biggest positives of the internet right now is how connected and convenient everything is! Like if I miss a lecture at uni, I can just go online and listen to it, super easy Smiley Happy

 

Also cats, but thats pretty obvious.

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@Chessca_H We thought of the same thing!! Also how did I forget cats?? The internet's patron saint animal basically

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@safari93 yes, the internet makes socialising soooooo much easy, especially for those of us who can be a little lazy Smiley Tongue

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Hey everyone!

These days the Internet is a huge part of our lives. What do you think are some of the positives in that?
It's a positive thing because it helps people keep up with the news, with each other, meet new people. It helps people who aren't good with face-to-face to still talk to people with similar interests or seek help.

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I am awake for this one! Smiley Happy

These days the Internet is a huge part of our lives. What do you think are some of the positives in that?

 

It means that I can easily stay connected with my family and friends. It is much easier to get notices of meetings out, easier to share ideas and invite people to events and doesn't cost an arm or a leg to talk to friends overseas.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

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These days the Internet is a huge part of our lives. What do you think are some of the positives in that?
One positive for me is the access to help (especially for mental health) that is online these days.
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And cats, fluffy animals, baby animals, whenever you need a boost, there is something on the Internet that can help you out.