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What do you use the internet for?

Geoark
Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
It has been recognised that those without internet access are at a huge disadvantage to those who have access. So what do you use the internet for?

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Everyday use for me:
Coming here
Email
Music
Watching films and box sets
Checking tube services or when the next bus will be
Catch up on the news.

As an individual I stood alone.
As a member of a group I did things.
As part of a community I helped to create change!

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  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 740 Listener
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  • Zec Richardson
    Zec Richardson Member Posts: 152 Pioneering
    For me it's my social life, I set up a beard group last year and we are now at 1300 members and I get to chat with other guys and have a laugh. Its something that I miss now that I can't work and the visitors stopped visiting years ago. 
    I also blog, I enjoy it and it's very therapeutic. I also review products on the website and it gives me a sense of purpose. 
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @DannyMoore,

    I've never thought of researching how to play a game better. Something you might appreciate, I told my daughter in one of the Call of Duty games I found a hidden screen which lets you design your own weapons. I was very proud of my boomerang grenade until I tried it in the game and discovered it had a fatal flaw. She just looked at me and asked Why??? I mentioned it to a couple of friends at work, one laughed but the other one wanted to know how to get to the screen.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    @Zec Richardson

    I have always preferred boards over most other forms I have seen on the internet over the years. Trouble so many seem to have disappeared in recent years.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • craig85
    craig85 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    research social life wouldnt be able talk to me mam if i didnt have it be at a loss with out it just cancled my sky tv cant afford to keep it now waist of money any
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    @craig85 I was separated from my family for about 3 or 4 years and found I missed the films on sky but found that Now TV allowed me to have the films for about £10. Found most of the time when I did watch a film it was on my laptop.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    Skimming through the answers so far the main uses seem to be researching and social life.

    Two other things I use the internet for:

    Shopping. A huge boon as I can do this task from home and someone else gets to pick it and deliver it. So we do a big shop about twice a month and pick up the little bits as we need them. I have also found that it helps to stop compulsive buying.

    When we were with British Gas we were also able to get two gadgets which allowed us to put money on the Electric key and gas card. A huge bonus when the machines in the local shop were not working and having to go for a walk around, or when we needed it in after the shops shut.

    The second use is for educational purposes, for my daughter when she was younger and for myself. While I do subscribe to one service because its features work for me much of it can be found free online as well. It is a good way to upskill if you need to change your skill set to be able to get back into work and you work at your own pace.

    Alongside this I also subscribe to a few regular newsletter which keep me up to date on areas of interest.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Justice
    Justice Member Posts: 198 Pioneering
    @Geoark I have just come across this post, interesting to see all the different uses People have. I use it for the obvious e mail stuff. It has been a boon in being able to research all the info when dealing with appeals for ESA, PIP and the like, and of course to use the forums.
    I am a gamer so I use it to play a mmorpg every night. If I could not do that I would be lost, it is my bit of escapism every night, and it keeps the old grey matter in trim too :-)
  • the_velvet_girl
    the_velvet_girl Member Posts: 107 Courageous
    I buy train & coach tickets online as it's often cheaper to buy in advance before I travel. It also saves me a trip to the station to buy the ticket.
  • suzylou
    suzylou Member Posts: 7 Connected
    am not very good with technology but check my emails go on fb groups shop on amazon. watch music videos on youtube. fill in online forms. find out information online and go on one or two forums but I don't know how to do other things that people have mentioned. Oh yes I email people or send e cards and that's about it.
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    @suzylou you seem to have covered most things that have been listed.

    Some of the other things I do is download free books, look for basic recipes which I can adapt. A lot depends on what it is you would like to do online.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • basiclee08
    basiclee08 Member Posts: 66 Courageous
    I use the internet a lot for work, and for me booking gigs and general things like buying online emails and paying bills. I do not like using as a social thing  only now and then I love getting out and about to do that in person.
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,212 Disability Gamechanger
    I use the net as a distraction mostly now days. I used to be a day trader dealing in foreign currencies on line but my focus has gone. Until my meds kick in I am useless physically ( not much better when they do ) Listen to the news, search and find stuff.  I get an Idea and run it down. I had a fancy to learn to play the harp and ran that idea all the way to how to make them. First one is in the process of being built :). I even found that you can build many stringed instruments from plastic plumbing pipes.
    I can't get over not being able to do stuff now, always used to make things, repair cars etc can't manage big things now so looking into smaller stuff like chain saws and things I can do on a bench
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • basiclee08
    basiclee08 Member Posts: 66 Courageous
    I had a great couple of psyhio's who taught me no such thing as can't you can always find away around to do whatever you love. yes until my meds kick in i am  useless too.  am not sure on the chain saws thou lol. glad to hear you  are  looking for new avenues and passions. wish you  well mate. cheers Lee
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    @basiclee08 I agree with you that getting out, if you can, for socialising is a better idea. Wife and daughter communicate a lot through messenger even when they are in the same house as each other. Drives me nuts and refuse to do it. So if my daughter wants to show me something or talk to me she has to actually leave her room and come and see me.

    We use Skype for Business at work rather than phones. I don't mind messages when it is someone from another office or working from home, but still prefer to talk to people face to face.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    Pretty much everything!!
    Work
    Social
    Research
    Shopping
    TV
    Games
    Maps
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    @CockneyRebel while I understand what you are saying I have  to admit your post made me smile. You are in the process of making your first harp, and then said you cannot get over being able to do stuff now :o

    I would love to see a picture of the finished harp when you are done.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Dasiydo
    Dasiydo Member Posts: 93 Courageous
    What do use Internet for?
    put photo on
    Voluntary job
    birthday card
    Wedding card
    Paint programme but hear get rid of at programming
    Free online Crouse
    Cat Crouse
    Netflix
    emails
    Scope


    V.shaw
  • Geoark
    Geoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,388 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Dasiydo

    Paint will be available as a free app.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • Dasiydo
    Dasiydo Member Posts: 93 Courageous
    I hope I been do free App with games and free English. App then ask for extex payment for full Art so not all free app are free but I hope so
    V.shaw

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