Thanks Internet, now I can’t hold all my feels

Why can't I hold all these feels

The internet is constantly exposing us to many different things through many different medias, like videos and images. It is easily to zone out and watch a video or movie on YouTube or scroll through your Facebook feed. Emotionally speaking, the whole zoning out is kind of neutral or numb emotion, which can occur occasionally. The internet can actually be quite cathartic with mindless browsing, while other times, the internet can illicit a much more broader range of emotions and feelings. These can range from happy to insecure, or inspired to infuriated.

When I was thinking of how the internet can invoke emotions, I had to first think about what emotions I experience during my usual browsing. The most common is happiness and joy, this is because I think many things on the internet make me laugh. I think the most common way of invoking this emotion is when I browse Reddit. The humorous parts of Reddit can snowball often with the comments that follow on the specific thread. I think another emotion that I often get from Reddit is inspired. I often find myself reading a do-it-yourself (DIY) thread or a development thread that often makes me want to go out and try something. To be honest, I think I get the most inspiration from the Food subreddits.

In the New York Times article: Brave New World of Digital Intimacy by Clive Thompson, Thompson notes a couple of cases where social media can illicit some emotions as well. Based on a conversation with a documentation specialist named Ben Haley, Thompson notes that Haley’s attitude changed with social media, from annoyed to empowered. Haley says: “I love that. I feel like I’m getting to something raw about my friends. It’s like I’ve got this heads-up display for them.” Thompson later mentions a Laura Fitton, who says that social media has made her “a happier person, a calmer person”. Her reason is a callback to the cathartic side of social media: “It drags you out of your own head,”.

I had to take a step back to really see what emotions the internet provokes, especially for myself. After thinking about it, I saw that there is a full range of emotions that are made apparent. Many sites have a sort of range, like YouTube for example. Personally, I find a lot of videos on the site to be humorous, other times I have felt awestruck with amazement on some. I can also look at the comments section and let the ignorance be either humorous or infuriating. These are some of the emotions and feelings that I can think of that I experience, I am wondering what some of you guys have seen and how it made you feel.

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32 thoughts on “Thanks Internet, now I can’t hold all my feels

  1. bjuhasz10 February 5, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Since there are nearly endless amounts of things to do and see on the internet, I like to focus on things that either bring some sort of benefit to my life, or just make me happy and laugh. I love watching funny videos (whether it is a short clip on Youtube, or a comedy on Netflix). I love learning and researching stuff for my engineering classes, and watching educational videos. The ability to learn new things and get good grades in school bring a certain sense of satisfaction to me, and the internet is a great tool for this.

    Also, one of the biggest benefits of the internet that most people don’t take advantage of is online shopping. I buy movies, video games, shoes, tshirts, electronics, and many other things, often at major discounts compared to buying them at a store. This also saves me the time and gas money of driving to the store. Not only does this bring me joy, but it also makes my life much easier.

    Ultimately, I like to do as much as I can to stay away from people posting angry comments, trolling, online bullying and harassment, and all the negatives that come with the internet. While some people will always get enjoyment from harassing others, putting them down, and making them feel bad, I try to ignore that kind of stuff and not give them the attention they are seeking.


    • thegradytrain February 5, 2015 / 11:53 pm

      I never really thought about the joy that people feel with the convenience of online shopping. I think the emotion I feel the most with online shopping is regret, most of the time thinking: “I should have bought this sooner or when it was on sale.”

      I agree that bullying, harassment, and trolling is something that is best to be avoided at all costs. I also have to say that those aspects are apparent in a lot of aspects of the internet. Unfortunately, I would say that those kinds of behaviors are even getting worse in terms of their frequency. I would say you have the right idea by ignoring them.


  2. mvzang February 6, 2015 / 5:40 am

    There are many emotions that the internet can evoke. Whether it’s happy, sad, disgusted, angry, concerned, shocked, or just plain old numb, there is something on the internet for everyone out there. After a long night at work (I work midnights) I come home early in the morning and sometimes finding a video on YouTube of bloopers is a good way to wind down from the day. There is nothing better than a good laugh before you go to bed. Then there are times when a news story grabs my attention, like these Isis beheadings and they get me extremely angry. I’ve seen several of these videos and I cannot imagine the pain these victims and their families are going through.

    For the most part I find myself in the happy column of emotions from surfing the internet. I do agree with the article “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” that our society as a whole has become less intimate because we’re only able to offer so much of it, and it’s already spread so thin to our friends on social media. I believe that many relationships have suffered as a result of social media, but at the same time we have to take the good with the bad. There are so many people meeting each other via the internet and many of these relationships are lasting longer than the traditional ones. As in any aspect of technology and social media, many good things and many bad things will come out of it. We just have to make sure that as clear thinking adults and individuals, we stay on the positive side of the tracks.


  3. spgregor February 6, 2015 / 7:52 am

    I agree, the internet is constantly exposing us to many different medias that evoke a wide range of feelings. However, to me that is what I like about it – we have the luxury of choosing what we want to be exposed to. If I find something invokes rage or despair I can close it out. Unlike watching the news on the TV, all we usually see are stories that upset us and when we turn the channel its just another upsetting story or a ridiculously silly show. There is so much more variety available to us on the internet and we control what we see when we want to see it. We can watch something humorous, touching, educational, serious, etc whenever the mood strikes us.

    The “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” article mentioned that our society has become less intimate due to social media. I tend to think that those who are less intimate are those who are obsessed with it and having as many “friends” as they can. I always wonder how intimate people like that truly are anyway, but that is just my personal opinion. I feel it is very easy to still be intimate with people you are very close to and still maintain appropriate social media presence.

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    • Emily Rader February 8, 2015 / 6:11 pm

      I totally agree with you about having the luxury of choosing what we’re exposed to on the web. If you don’t like someone’s constantly negative posts on social media, simply unfollow them. If you want to find something inspirational of uplifting, it’s pretty easy to find whole websites dedicated to inspirational quotes. I think that growing up with the web at our disposal we take for granted the glory of being able to type just about anything into Google and find something relevant or what we’re looking for. Being able to filter what we see on the web is most definitely an awesome luxury of the internet.

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  4. adrianhormsby February 6, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I must admit the postings on social media and the internet, particularly Newsfeeds and YouTube, have given rise to a full range of emotions in my own life. For instance, recently I read a posting about how poorly trained Police are using stun grenades during drug raids resulting in a host of injuries to innocent Americans. The most alarming was an online article posted on Huffington Post, listen to this ! Based on poor intelligence Police stormed into the home of a family in Atlanta in the middle of the night with 4 young sleeping children and threw in a stun grenade that fell into the cot of their sleeping infant son. The infant sustained burns all over his body and was in a coma for a week. Four months later the child is still having major, painful surgeries. The mother in tears in the interview lamented that after the bomb went off in their home, the police refused to allow her to see her infant son for 5 hours, claiming that he had only minor injuries. She saw him at the hospital, bandaged from head to toe on IV’s with his entire nose blown off from the grenade. It was such an alarming story that I posted it on my Twitter feed for the class. If that story doesn’t stir anyone’s interest or compassion nothing will. Stun grenades were designed to be used on the war on terror during the Bush presidency, but so far the only terrorists being stunned with these devices are innocent American citizens, including our children, truly disturbing. The internet, I believe opens up a whole new vista of information that is either overlooked or buried by mainstream media. Some of the best reporting, I contend, is on internet newsfeeds. Information that is not available from any other source. Going “viral”, is a real phenomenon. Mainstream media is increasingly being sidelined by this vital, vibrant and available on demand, source of news reporting. I for one am excited about internet news and believe that it democratizes news reporting here in the US and throughout the entire world.


  5. Carly Hernandez February 6, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    There are a full range of emotions that one can feel from the internet. Joy can come from online shopping or watching funny YouTube videos and sadness can come from reading the newspaper online. I do think that this is somewhat of a good thing because we get to choose what we want to read or look at. If you’re in a good mood you can listen to music and look on Buzzfeed. If you’re in a sad/depressed mood you can scroll through sites that give you comfort. The internet has made it so easy for us to feel comfortable scrolling through websites and “pinning”, “retweeting”, or “liking” something that has substance of which we enjoy. On Twitter we get to choose who we want to follow and we have a variety of different people to follow who we enjoy individually. Facebook has changed over the years and I think it has to do a lot with the older generations. No longer do I enjoy seeing someone upload multiple pictures a day or making a status every hour. I’ve become annoyed in a sense with all of the information that I don’t necessarily want to see anymore.

    One thing I’ve noticed as of late is that it has become harder and harder for me to concentrate on studying while on my laptop. I end up on different various sites that keeps me procrastinating or being lazy. Our ability to multitask has definitely increased but is that a good or a bad thing? It has become difficult to focus on one task at a time, especially studying. Texting and driving never used to be a “thing” before the cell phone was introduced. As technology evolved and the idea that multitasking is a great thing popped into our heads, we’ve caused many negative effects including texting and driving. Our feelings are so scattered that we don’t necessarily feel each emotion separately but all at once. We think we can take multitasking to a new level by pushing the boundaries.

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  6. jaemillz411 February 7, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    The majority of my time spent on the Internet is spent making me a happier person. I love Youtube, I check it daily, because I choose what I watch and it gives me the ability to create my own content. I use this platform to watch videos about fashion, makeup, weight loss, and healthy lifestyles. On television we are bombarded with the Kardashian way of life (lavish cars, clothes, and parties). I find that to be very depressing so I like to watch vlogs about everyday people and their adventures, struggles, and triumphs. To me, “normalcy” and the appreciation of life itself is more important that the finer things in life. And because of the Internet I get to search, find, and connect with what I find entertaining or realistic and I think there is a lot of power in that. I use the Internet to expose myself to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. With Twitter I can instantly share my approval/disapproval of a shows and current situations. It is cathartic and liberating that I do not have to accept the status quo and go along with the masses. The Internet allows me access to the world at my fingertips, but I get to choose the parts I want to explore.

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    • thegradytrain February 9, 2015 / 12:48 am

      It seems like you are not the only one who seems to customize the internet to cater to their life, which is a good thing. I think we almost take for granted the powerful ability to sort of filter the internet to complement our lifestyle. With the amount of content their is to deal with on a daily basis, I think one of the most important features is to be able see the most things we find interesting as much as possible without have to slow down.


  7. Brandon Coulter February 7, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    It’s no secret that the Internet and all of the content it contains has the ability to illicit any reaction it wishes when exposing us to specific subjects and emotional material. I myself have had more than a laugh or two when watching videos on Youtube or when viewing memes on Twitter. Right now is a perfect time to scroll through Twitter and view through amazement at the amount of accounts related to “cute prom proposals” that every high school girl and even some guys retweet and share with their followers. While this may seem like a very on-the-surface example of how to bring out a simple emotion within someone, it succeeds in spreading like wildfire from one account to the next, sharing Prom excitement and cheer among anxious teens. Many accounts can be seen just like this with intent to express positive attitudes and happiness among users, a complete contrast to the more “traditional” ways of viewing news and comments: television and print news. As social media accounts begin to share their happy thoughts to everyone who views their pages, it seems as though the shared information on news stations and within the pages of the daily paper become more and more depressing, highlighting only the negative and shocking aspects of everyday life in order to draw a profit. When concerned with making money, news and information stays true to the thought that murder, sex, and relentless violence sells in America. For sources of information such as Twitter and Facebook, individuals are free to choose exactly what they want to post and how they would like to do it, unclouded by any judgments based on monetary gain. While it may seem silly to compare professional news sources to Twitter accounts about Prom, the news could easily take a few pointers from exactly what makes us happy. Maybe stepping away from the horrors and realism of the world for a few seconds of the day will do us some good, regardless if it sacrifices a buck or two.


    • thegradytrain February 9, 2015 / 12:54 am

      Your comment made me think of one of my favorite emotions that I get from the internet, and that is nostalgia. I generally can find a post on Facebook or YouTube on a daily basis that invokes some sort of nostalgia, whether it be a music list or a funny video from way back when. Music is definitely provocative for me because a lot of songs that I know and like, I can usually attribute a specific memory to it.


  8. kevinpayton1 February 7, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    After reading some of the weeks material such as “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” regarding how the Internet makes us feel brings to question for me, have we lost a part of our socialization skills communicating in this fashion. When I surf the Internet, it is with out question that I go through different moods and emotions while navigating form site to site. I have never really been a blogger, but I do frequent the news and sports web sites on consistent basis. Each site has different content and triggers a different range of emotions, to me no different from reading a funny or sad newspaper article. I believe that the biggest difference in the Internet is the different medium in which the information is presented. But when reading the article in the Times I am not sure if it’s healthy to build relationships through the Internet. It allows a person to grow socially without actually ever leaving their home. When the author of the article said that Tweeting made him feel calm made me bring into question what is wrong physical social life that he cant find that same feeling there? But that’s just my opinion. I was grew up in a different era where the question would have not been how does the Internet make us feel but rather how does television make us feel?


  9. eakoonter February 7, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    I feel that the Internet brings out different emotions in everyone. Some people enjoy certain things and others hate it. Most of the time, people misinterpret emotions because they are simply reading text. We can’t see somebody’s face. That’s how humans are supposed to interact — face-to-face. I have to admit though…I have a love for online shopping and when I go to the grocery store I love using the self-checkout. Why? Because I get what I want and I can get in and out in no time. However, when I go to the movies or go to dinner I love interacting with people. Maybe I just have grocery stores and malls? Big crowds of people are my downfall.


  10. doniecew February 7, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I think that the Internet reveals a lot of information that causes all types of feelings, including sympathy, humor, anger, and so on. It’s so much easier to share a news article on Facebook now, a video from YouTube. And these articles and videos reach so many people in such a short amount of time. I do believe that sometimes emotions are created from how other people feel or how the article is conveyed. I think that there are people that follows the emotions of the caption. For instance, the Trayvon Martin case, I believe that before people even knew the entire story, feelings were created and spread either one way or another.

    As for me personally, I’ve seen and came across videos and articles that has made me crack up laughing and some that has made me think, “is this real.? Is this true.” For instance, right now what’s popular on the net is Bobbi Kristina…. And I see so many people feeling sorry and posting pictures but it’s hard for me to create emotions when I personally don’t know what’s really going on. I see one article saying “the family is here to pull the plug” then another article saying, “the family is saying they can’t give up on her.”

    As for the everyday basis, people get emotional when someone makes an inappropriate comment on a picture, status, tweet, and so on. Sometimes these emotions can lead in the wrong direction. I try to take everything online with a grain of salt because it’s so easy for just anyone to post anything.


  11. cseejay February 8, 2015 / 2:17 am

    I think what gets to me, is the contradiction around what people say they do on social media vs. what I personally feel social media was intended for. A lot of people I know say similar things, to what most feel in the comment section. They either don’t pay too much attention to the comment section, or they only look at positive things that interest them. I think the problem with that is, if you’re looking at a wide variety of news or information on social media, it’s pretty difficult to not have some outrageous response to some of the information that bounces around, EPSICALLY on Twitter. The way social media/software is crafted nowadays, you’re able to use applications that allow you to only see tech, entertainment, sports, or whatever your preference is around news. But, within those applications you’re able to connect with people about whichever topic and hear their thoughts and opinions on articles or videos posted. Typically you agree with a lot of people, but there’s always an opinion that makes you question humanity, and I know for me personally depending on the day, my emotions are more roller coaster like than others. Without having that interaction with people while reading articles, I think you miss a big part of what makes social media additive and compelling. To read an article, or watch a YouTube video and not look at the comments seems backwards to me. On the issue of whether or not people can multitask better, compared to a decade or so ago I completely agree with Weissman and Hamilton on this. I’ve done some very random quick experiments with friends to prove this point when they make the claim they can multitask better as a result of technology. I definitely think there are people who can listen to multiple people speaking to them as once, and retain basically everything said to them from each person. In my personal experience these people are usually women, men don’t typically fair too well at multitasking.


  12. rmpaulk February 8, 2015 / 2:37 am

    I have never actually paid close attention to the feelings that I feel when browsing social media, but thinking back on it I can recall a few emotions. I know that when I browse Pinterest I get the highest amounts of inspiration and happiness. I find so many neat things on there that cause me to want to run to a craft store and pick up supplies, or go grab a book and read. When on Facebook I read posts that either make me laugh, feel indifferent, or feel infuriated. There are many times when there are posts that should make me feel sad, but I don’t actively like to make myself sad so I stop reading them. Who wants to read something sad? Not me. That’s probably why I still haven’t read or watched The Fault in Our Stars, even though I really, really want to. On Twitter and Feedly I follow pretty much exclusively book related people (bloggers, authors, publishers, and publishing companies). When on these two sites I feel pretty inspired to either read or blog, which are my top two favorite hobbies.

    I really need to start paying more attention to what feelings social media is invoking in me, and if I am feeling negative maybe I should delete that person from my Facebook or Twitter.


  13. blcarr February 8, 2015 / 10:48 am

    While I’m surfing the web, I already have a set mindset about my searches like shopping for shoes, clothes, or numerous accessories for my Smartphone or iPod. But when I go into reporter mode, my emotions are turned off because I have to write a story about a team having success and or a downfall of some sort. For example, I am a Seattle Seahawks fan, after their loss last Sunday, I had to post things pertaining to the Super Bowl Champion New England patriots because I know someone out their will enjoy my writing and will follow my page for all things Patriots. I was hurt that my team lost but I can’t become a biased reporter if I want to make it in this field. On another note, I might be in the mood for some music, be it rap, rhythm & blues, reggae, techno, dubsteb or slow jams. So I’ll tune into YouTube and or Pandora. I know it’s not easy for many to leave what’s online, online and not take it with them throughout their everyday life but for me as stated before, I go in with my mind already made up so my mood doesn’t change or get affected.


  14. galaradi February 8, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    The Internet is a broad, wide range of emotions, feelings, and information. We can read whatever we want, choose our own entertainment, check our bank account, go shopping, and basically do everything online. According to the “Brave New World of Digital Intimacy” article, scientists called the constant need for updates “ambient awareness.

    It’s interesting how when we follow people on social media, we gain snippets of their lives and compile it and place a picture about them in our minds. Sometimes, even if we have not met these people, it is as if we have met them online. Personally, I do check my social media often, especially when I have free time. I will go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat just to see what people are up to. What I have noticed on some days, I feel worse than how I already felt. Watching people live their lives and go places while I am behind a screen at home is not the best feeling in the world. Yet, we have the constant need to check up on everyone. I don’t think it’s mentally healthy to keep checking social media, because I would rather do something productive and healthy for myself.

    Sometimes, when I’m trying to do homework, I will go on social media, and that makes me feel as if I am wasting time and being unproductive. Yet I still do it. This generation is the social media generation, and it is all around us. No matter how many “friends” we have on Facebook, it makes us feel lonelier. I don’t know if any of you watched this video, but it is a great informative video about social media and loneliness:


  15. asibo February 8, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Reading through everyone’s reactions to their typical emotional response on social media and the internet, I was surprised at how frequently people experienced positive emotional reactions on social media. Maybe it is the more cynically minded articles that we’ve read in class regarding social media, or maybe it is my own experience with social media, but I wasn’t expecting as many people to lead off with their positive findings. Personally, when I’m browsing social media I am most likely to become irritated or apathetic, with plenty of eye-rolling and “pffftt”-ing. Maybe I’m just not using social media properly, expecting something different than what it really offers, or that its just the nature of what I’m interested in that elicits negative responses to things online on my part. Overall, it seems to me that Twitter is one of the more abrasive and caustic outlets for social media, and it also happens to be the one where I have numerous obligations to be a part of it.


    • thegradytrain February 9, 2015 / 12:59 am

      I am probably not the only one aware of all the negative content that flows through our social network feeds, but over the years of internet usage, I think I have either become desensitized to it or just kind of learned to tune it. This sort of tuning out usually comes either directly through the site or it can be knowing what you like and dislike and use a sort of “soft filter” for the content. Sometimes negative content is hard to ignore and when I get through it I often wonder why I wasted my time reading or viewing the content.


  16. seananthony3 February 8, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    The internet is definitely a great place to go on a “feels trip”. All we have to do is pack our bags and get our parents to sign the permission slip and we’re good to go! But really, I spend some time watching material that makes me laugh as well. One of the ways I spend it is watching these two guys play Videogames, they are the “Game Grumps.” And the strange thing about them is that it feels like I’m with them on the conversation, but only listening. They aren’t always funny, they sometimes talk about very interesting things. For example, Danny had the entire fanbase in awe when he talked about his OCD problems and how he overcame them, This came out during a time where I was mostly sad about everything and it gave me hope for the future. One day, I’d like to shake this man’s hand, but I know that when I do, while I’ll know an infinite amount of things about him and his life, I’ll be a complete stranger.

    So our time online isn’t all entertainment, we can get some brain food, too. Vsauce is another good example of something of “intelligent over humor.” It is a channel on Youtube (more Youtube!) about mixing science and philosophy. He answers the important questions such as “What would happen if the sun vanished?” and “What if everyone in the world jumped?” In the end, it may not get you a high, well-paying career, but they’re great conversation pieces.


  17. Emily Rader February 8, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Hi Gradytrain,
    First I want to say I love your use of memes! I have to say I agree with you about how reading comments online can evoke both a humorous and angry side of me as well. Sometimes it’s hard to believe some of the things I read in comments. I often laugh about the ridiculous things people post, but living in 2015 I also get upset about the outdated and uneducated comments and opinions people post. I guess we should consider ourselves lucky to be here in college learning new things every day; while others don’t get the privilege of an education, we get to be exposed to new knowledge every day, but this just means we have to cope with the crazy things people say on the web, even though we know better. I think using the internet wisely also means we have to learn to navigate a new setting to show restraint in. It’s pretty easy to sit behind a keyboard and put your 2 cents into a heated debate of any kind, but it’s usually wiser to not get involved and just observe instead. That being said, I think the internet can be a constructive and destructive place to express yourself. Maybe starting a private blog could be a good place to express yourself and write to clear your mind, meanwhile, hopping into a controversial conversation thread might not be a constructive way to vent. The internet can definitely bring out a wide range of emotions, especially with such a vast space where it’s possible to find places that can reflect on just about anything we’re feeling. That’s the glory of the web right? The variety and amount of stuff out there?


  18. nebior February 8, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    If I am on the internet and I am not playing a video game then I am on for comedy. Whether I browse YouTube videos or memes I am seeking a good laugh. Every once in a while I will look at something that is “amazing” or “cool” in YouTube videos, but I do not normally seek that out. My experience with other people over the internet has ranged from being beyond annoyed with someone to being in disbelief that such a rude person could exist all the way to making life-long friendships typically all through online gaming. Nobody should EVER delve into the comments section of a website without being totally prepared for whatever they might find buried there. I suppose the evoked emotion depends on the site that is visited. I seek out funny things to make me laugh so I normally am in a good mood and laugh when I am on the internet. I do not do this, but some people log online just to “troll” people by being mean to others since they are not in person and therefore do not experience the same repercussion to their actions. People can get a kick out of being mean and it is safer to be a jerk online. To sum up my feelings, you tend to get what you are looking for!

    –Ben Walker


  19. smkiraco February 8, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Youtube is my main conduit for catharsis on the Internet. I normally tend to stay away from the comments though. What certain people will say from the safety of anonymity behind their keyboard is staggering. Outside of that I tend to focus the content I watch around humor or art. I love speed-paintings/drawings/sculpting. The combination of a time lapse on a blank canvas becoming something spectacular with appropriate music can be so soothing and enthralling.

    A close second would be browsing through genres of my interest in DeviantArt. It is so calming and inspiring to me.

    Even though I have a Facebook account I am not affected by the statuses of my friends. At least not in the long term. I am generally very distant when it comes to a connection with my friends lives as well as projecting my lives to them. I do not like the thought of my life interrupting the lives of others or vice versa. I do not want to be a bother in any way, shape, or form.


  20. mwiedmeyer February 8, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    My emotions when I’m online match yours, generally positive and happy because of sites like Tumblr and Reddit. However, because I also get my news online, sadness and shock can be added to that list. I’m also active in the social justice parts of Tumblr, which sometimes makes me upset. I think the internet allows you access to many parts of life at once, the good and the bad, so the full spectrum of human emotion can be found online.
    I tend to avoid the parts of the internet that really upset and offend me because at the end of the day I’m going online to wind down before bed. It’s relaxing to just flip through images on my Dashboard or the Front Page of Reddit and slowly fall asleep.


  21. Jason Robinson February 8, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    My emotions tend to fly to both ends of the spectrum. On the left end of the spectrum, I’m super happy that I can see other cool things that are being done by humanity, and at the right end of the meter. I get super pissed, and feel that many Americans are spineless superficial children that live in bubbles.

    As long as the gravy train still rolls along to give them all of their toys, food, and over inflated value of self, your life is good.

    That’s a real valuable life, right?

    See the emotions that I invoked.

    I agree with the author, and many of the articles presented this week. The internet is real, and its changing our mechanics, and I think its here to stay.


  22. efekete February 8, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    I do find it amazing at how the internet has conditioned the way my brain works. In all honesty,in the past I’ve felt like a spas, because I would have these fleeting thoughts all the time. Example: the first thing I do in the morning is check my personal email, then I check a couple of news sites. While reading some headline I’d remember to pay my credit card online or something else more serious that needs my attention, but I feel torn to click off the current article I’m reading. I know I can open a new tab but I know I would forget about the article and later on I wouldn’t find it relevant anymore. So I’d forget to do that important thing. After awhile I committed to reforming a lot of my habits for being online. And now that I’m aware of this chaotic struggle I think its helped me organize other thought processes in my life. I think I’ve become a better one on one communicator,when before I would only half listen to people when they told me something, because I would focus on something else in the back of my mind. So I found the “is google making us stupid” article really interesting, and the podcast from NPR on multitasking.

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  23. Ms.McCollum February 8, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    As we’ve read, emotions can be conveyed via the internet. This is especially true through social media. Thank goodness Facebook did that study, we would have never known. The platform I see many emotions on is Pinterest. First off, there is a Humor category not to mention all of other random Pins that cycle through.

    Not only do we see emotions through funny memes on Pinterest but from the obsessing need to tell the world what we are doing (I’ll admit that I’m a frequent tweeter). “For many people — particularly anyone over the age of 30 — the idea of describing your blow-by-blow activities in such detail is absurd. Why would you subject your friends to your daily minutiae?”

    We’ve become so invested in social media that we’ve abandoned our initial guidelines, “I have a rule,” she told me. “I either have to know who you are, or I have to know of you.” I used to only want to follow and be followed by people I knew. Then I realized I wanted more followers and to do so I needed to follow more people. I then realized that changing my tweet content would attract more people. Now it’s all about, “what can I do to get more followers? Why did I lose followers?”

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    • thegradytrain February 9, 2015 / 1:06 am

      Recently, since I have become more active on Twitter, I find myself getting a lot of notifications saying something along the lines of: “So and So is following you on Twitter”. I feel like 95% of the time I don’t who the person is and there is a definite disconnection. This “disconnection” is probably why I feel no obligation to follow the person back on Twitter. As much as this is the initial guideline that most people adopt, I certainly hope I do not abandon it.

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  24. akuelbs February 8, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    I find myself gaining emotions such as happiness and laughter when browsing the internet if i am browsing the right things. I browse reddit a lot and my boards are focused more on the funnier side of things, so i gain these emotions most of the time. But the emotions i experience on the internet are not limited to just those. I could be having to go to yahoo to look something up, and i will see an article on the new feed there that seems important or grabs my attention. So i click on it out of reaction of browsing practices. The way i feel about the articles are mainly tailored about what the content of what i am browsing is for.

    The nice thing i find being able to do with the internet or gaming for myself is it is a way to release for myself. Say i am not having the best day and i just want to detach from things, i can go on the internet and look at some funny and happy things to make me feel better. But another thing i can do is i find myself playing video games that require my full attention span on the game, and that can help me clear my mind and get into another place. The internet for me is like another way to meditate if you browse the correct things or do what you know can make you happy. So i feel the internet doesn’t make me feel specific emotions all the time and that relies solely on what i do on the internet. Just remember to browse stuff for the emotions you want to feel.


  25. stefaniedak February 8, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    I feel a range of different emotions when I’m online. Until now, I have never really noticed that I’ve never really been on the internet and not felt a type of emotion. When I go on Reddit and look through the famous “awww” subreddit, I feel happy and almost always say aww aloud. When I read articles about recent killings and deaths I feel a mixture of sadness and anger. Just yesterday, my sister sent me a screenshot of a dog being burned alive by a disgusting individual and I gasped and became furious and extremely sad to have seen that. I see links to news stories, YouTube videos and alike linked to people’s social media accounts all the time and people responding with their emotional reactions in text and even using emoticons/emojis to express their emotions even further 😱😥😅😡😂. The internet has taken everything to the next level, I mean being able to get people to ‘feel’ through the internet and come up with ways to express our emotions online (with emojis and alike) really exemplifies how the internet is changing each and every one of us. Although we are suffering by less of a face-to-face interaction in this day and age, I think it’s good to see that we are still interacting somehow and still able to elicit emotional responses from one another.


  26. hessaj February 9, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    The internet today is the source of probably 95% of my feels. Every one of my interests involve the internet. Most of the stuff I like you can only feel on the internet. I know I can’t “feel” in real life, because little to no one likes the same stuff I do. But I do agree with you. It’s never actual people, unless it’s a celebrity I follow.

    I usually use Youtube as a background noise for when I am at home. I rarely watch actual TV, most of the stuff I watch is streamed. So yeah the Internet can be relaxing for me, watching the same people I watch everyday can be pretty awesome. It usually generated content that’s the most soothing, like a let’s play. But even with children today, they’re getting more and more into the Internet than we were when we were their age. So it’s kind of becoming a norm for the “feels” to come from the Internet, as opposed to real life feels.


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