“Dear Internet, Let’s be honest. It’s complicated. There are times I forget about you and other times where you are always in the back of my mind…. You with your many games give me a mixed sense of control and need. I can control it, but in a way I need it.”

“I feel like the Internet has become part of my DNA.”

“The relationship becomes more serious with every log on. No longer was there a separation from connectivity, nor a wait time for search bar and Google requests. Gratification was at my fingers. When life went on fast forward with jobs, relationships, and growing responsibilities, my mirror was the Internet — equally on a constant acceleration.”

“No one must see me, I delete all pictures of myself I find on Facebook. I replace my profile picture with Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream’; it seems as fitting as it is cliched. With my individuality now defined by the cutting and pasting of one of the most famous paintings in existence, I proceed to close my laptop and thrust it into the corner next to my empty vodka bottles.”

“What I do when I see fresh snow outside [pie-chart illustration]:
Go outside and play in it: 5%
Go on Facebook and post about it: 95%”

“I use the Internet as a medium for what I would like to do while not on the Internet.”

“I feel like the Internet helps me work out and understand the world’s problems, while at the same time making me aware of problems just as major.”

“The Internet helps me feel a greater power with my fingertips. By opening and closing sites, also talking to whomever I would like to talk to.”

“I cheat on my husband with the Internet. I must admit, sometimes I’d rather surf the Web than have interactions with him. I can do whatever comes to mind without offending anyone. … I want to be anonymous again.”

“A day without AIM is a day with minimal interaction or, in other words, boredom.”

“It got to the point where I would rush home just to use the Internet. I started using it for everything! It was my TV, my clock, my alarm, even the place to talk to friends. I remember not seeing a friend for an extended period of time and when I saw her for the first time again I didn’t even recognize her.”

“The Internet provides me with everything I need. Shopping, communicating with friends, music, research, everything that is necessary in my life other than food and water.”

“The Internet for me started off as a place to escape life’s seriousness; play games, chat up friends, etc. Now it is something that is such an integral part of my life it is almost impossible for me to do my real life duties. I stay in touch with my family back home with it.”

“It was through Facebook that I met my girlfriend. I knew her for 4 years of high school, but we actually started talking on Facebook.”

“I wish I could spend more time with Internet but not with the unnecessary stuff. I think there should be classes which teach how to make Internet more useful for our lives.”

“The Internet allows me to talk to my friends indirectly and share music or funny videos on YouTube with each other. … I feel very satisfied when on the Internet.”

“For as many of the negative aspects of Facebook there are positive ones. … Sometimes it gives me hope. Hope that things can work out or be done. You can see how a person who is across the globe feels about something, and you can relate to it.”

“My relationship with the Internet is almost like a drug. If I get no access to the Internet for a certain amount of time, I start to get desperate and it is a horrible reaction.”

“When I am using the Internet, it begins to use me. Stealing my sleep, or family time. I feel guilty when I am online, but bored when I am not. It is a double-edged sword. … It is my lullaby before bed at night, and my good-morning wake-up call.”

“The Internet is a tool. People utilize it in their own method of need, purpose, and value.”

“The Internet keeps me company. When I have any problem or issue, all I have to do is surf some sites to see if it’s normal or bad, if anyone else has the same issue, and if it can be fixed/ how it can be fixed. Sometimes, I just sit with my laptop open to Google.com. I’ll watch TV, play with my dog, cook, have a conversation with my mom, and the Internet will be there just waiting for me to…play with it. Anything that can happen while playing with my dog (she keeps sneezing), watching TV (that Toyota looks nice), cooking (How do you make lasagna, etc.) can be searched. It’s part of my daily routine. … Sometimes I don’t even know what I’m doing online. I feel like I am just there…or it is just there…”

“I always sort of see myself online when I’m, for example, watching a favorite song of mine on YouTube and I read through the comments. A name like ilovedogs3643 posted ‘oh! this song is my favorite song’ or ‘this song spoke to me and it’s just like my life’ and I have those exact feelings and I see that people share the same interest I do and think the same way I do.”

“The Internet/Web, to me, is almost like a virtual and versatile friend.”

“I feel the need to go on the Internet but I don’t always know the reason to be on it.”

“Although my friend mentioned he had a blog, he did not tell me the name of it. However, a few times he sent me samples of his writing. The words meant a lot to me, they stuck in my mind. So when he hadn’t spoken to me for a while, I typed some of his words into Google. It was that easy to find his blog. I found everything he ever wrote. Every now and then, I miss him and check his blog to see how he’s doing. It’s scary that I am the subject of most of his writing. There were several words about me on the Internet that I didn’t know about. It creeps me out. Then I think that Googling his blog to check up on him might be creepy, too. Is it worse that he writes about me or worse that I read what he writes?”

“For thousands of years, human beings have crafted tools designed to enhance their physical capabilities. … We used our mental strengths to make up for our physical weaknesses. That is, until the invention of the Internet. The Internet is the first “tool” that actually increases our mental capabilities. … It functions as a universal mind and a place to share ideas. … The Internet represents the global community and its culture. … In order for cyber-culture to flourish, we must stop placing so much importance on the ideas of individuals, and look at the bigger, universal picture.”

“I feel like my relationship with the Internet is reciprocal now. The Internet uses me as a customer interested in its services and I put those services to good use. I don’t let the info gobble me up but I do think the Internet’s an advantage. It’s like a part of me.”

“It’s such a convenient tool for me but also the biggest distraction.”

“Until I could afford to buy a new computer, I had to rely on the college’s computers, my parents’ computers, and friends’ computers. I felt too dependent and disconnected from the rest of the world.”

“Facebook is the best way I connect with my friends, because the information update is minute to minute.”

“I used to nag my brother to let me go on the computer so that I can go on the Internet and play games. Now, I sit on the computer with my head drooping and nothing to do. There is nothing that I can do online because I either a) don’t need to get anything b) don’t know what to get.”

“It seems as if the Internet left more negative side-effects as I think that time wasted could have been used to actually meet up with friends or to actually see cool things as is a rarity to see. However tedious these tasks are in real life, I now am able to understand that oftentimes, they are the best way to go about doing things in the purest form of the definition.”

“Facebook is an identity card on the Web.”

“Each and every day, I search profiles on Facebook of friends I used to play duck-duck-goose with now all grown up.”

“I’ve never written a poem seriously and wouldn’t say ‘hey, read this’ to my friend because they probably wouldn’t take me seriously — but when I express it on a blog others will see it and give their personal feedback, or I can write it just to give a try at writing poetry.”

“You don’t get the same feeling after spending hours on the Internet that you do after spending hours hanging with other people or reading a book. It leaves you with more of an emptier feeling, time unfulfilled — like why did I just waste my time on all this when I have so many other things to do? It’s because the Internet reels you in.”

“The Internet, to me, is both: a dangerous void, that will steal precious hours of your life, and then taunt you afterwards with the temptation of just going on for five more minutes; and is also a vast world, full of opportunity and entertainment. … The Internet is a means of stress relief.”

“I spend hours of my life looking at what everyone I know is doing in their life. Even though I know that this is a glamorized version of their lives I still compare mine to theirs. … I post pictures of me laughing and having fun so maybe people will be jealous of my awesome life. And I’ve started to worry that my life is not interesting enough.”

“Using the Internet immediately destroys my entire concept of time. … Sometimes I get the impression that I am literally doing nothing even if I’m actively browsing the Web.”

“I was on every site you could think of and I felt like I was expressing myself to people who don’t even know me. I had received a cell phone, in the seventh grade, and was so set on using the Web while on the go. It became easily addictive and took up most of my time.”

“Around 2005 a popular video game called World of Warcraft (WoW) came out which was a fantasy role playing game that engaged you with an online community. That kickstarted my extensive use of the Internet. Up until the last years of high school and the beginning of college I would play WoW spending countless hours being hooked onto the game.”

“I tend to stay away from the Internet mostly because I find more pleasure in discovering as well as appreciating the natural world that surrounds me.”