Ramblings of a Tampa engineer

It seems I only blog when I'm really pissed off and this particular post is no exception. This time I have a nice little rant for people that show little effort in everything they do online.

The internet has been around awhile. Hell, in the few months I helped run a website it accumulated over 100,000 posts and about 30k topics. That is a lot of information to read, and that doesn't even scratch the surface of the Internet.

The days of asking a friend, finding a book, or calling someone are over. The internet has and will continue to have answers to anything. They may not be written in plain text, but rest assured if you can win a tic-tac-toe game, you can search the internet.

What I've noticed is that the internet can roughly be split into a pie chart of two colors. The smaller slice (around 20%), are individuals who can solve problems on their own. They have the ability to use a search engine and piece together various pieces of information for their own gain. Whether this be for research, problem solving or general internet browsing.

The other huge slice of the pie, (the remaining 80%) are a new breed of human that lack even the basic traits of common sense. They more resemble that of a leech, constantly hooking onto things, providing no support and only damaging the host animal.

This behavior is prevalent all over the internet, and it seems to be exponentially increasing. I can sit here and find a few examples, but I don't want to clutter this post with some of these examples.

This sparks my next question, what has changed in the past 8 years? The current generation feels entitled to being spoon fed online, and bothering people constantly to do something they could figure out in 3 minutes with a Google search.

I have nothing against people asking for help, but there is a big difference between spending two hours trying your own solution and looking at others and still having zero success versus encountering a problem and immediately looking for some place to plaster your question with zero details or effort.

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