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What do you use the internet for?

GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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?

Gentle Reminder - Please do not use this to promote sites providing illegal services.

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 RichardsonZec Richardson Member Posts: 156 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. 
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • craig85craig85 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
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • JusticeJustice Member Posts: 206 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_girlthe_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.
  • suzylousuzylou Member Posts: 7 Listener
    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.
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • basiclee08basiclee08 Member Posts: 71 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.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 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
  • basiclee08basiclee08 Member Posts: 71 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
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
    Pretty much everything!!
    Work
    Social
    Research
    Shopping
    TV
    Games
    Maps
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • DasiydoDasiydo Member Posts: 94 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
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 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!

  • DasiydoDasiydo Member Posts: 94 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
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    @Dasiydo I know what you mean about so called 'free' apps. Paint is one of the most basic programs you can get, and has been free for many years. Plus as they do not plan to support it any more I would be surprised if they tried charging.


    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!

  • DasiydoDasiydo Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    I hope you right because use making birthday card on computers Crouse I doing
    V.shaw
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    @Dasiydo you might be interested in this link: http://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-painting-software

    Some are easy to use, some are for experienced users.

    I keep meaning to replace my graphics pad, but after a few years I have still not got round to it.

    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!

  • Barrylad1957Barrylad1957 Member Posts: 100 Courageous
    I'm one of those prehistoric beasts who, until late last year, had managed to swerve the internet, as it had the tendency to trigger rage in me and I was always concerned that people could use it to gain an insight into my life. I dont have an internet connection, and thus only get to use the computer when at my sister's or daughter's houses, which I often am these days. I only started using it as I was forced to, by the dwp when I made my initial universal credit claim last November (worksearch history, proof that I was looking for work, etc.) I'd tried several groups/forums when I started out, but, while not wanting to cast aspersions on anyone, they always felt to me to be filled with people who werent very helpful, and were often the total opposite; before being directed to here, the amount of duff info and falsehood (often accompanied by wickedly grinning 'devil' emoticons when a fellow user was gleefully giving what they obviously felt was amusingly bad news) was crushing, especially for someone with my less-than-bubbly-outgoing-personality. I feel theres more real help here, and use it now just to come on here when I can, and to check my emails; just yesterday, I searched for what may be causing my dizziness and visual disturbances and ended up up in a panic state lol. It is obviously a great boon to those who are house or room bound but I use it very minimally. My children reckon that, by this time next year, I'll be totally addicted, but I cant see it, meself. More power to those of you who find it useful or helpful, though.
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Interesting discussion, @Geoark. I'm on the Internet almost all the time!

    If it's not for work, then I'm responding to emails, submitting university assignments, researching, talking to friends, watching YouTube videos, blogging or vlogging! 
    Liam
  • GeoarkGeoark Member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,375 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Barrylad1957

    I was on the internet for a while before coming across forums, and was close to giving up on them when I found a couple of good ones. I find it easier to observe for a while, and check out some of the information given before giving it any credence. Good forums are the result of a lot of work behind the scenes, by staff and often moderators.

    While looking up symptoms can be useful, it is better to leave the diagnosis to the professionals. You can often find the very worse cases, though often the causes are a lot less stressful. As I tend to avoid my doctor as much as I can having something to tell me I should have something looked at is useful.

    As for how useful you may find it comes down to what you would like to get out of it and finding the right sites for you.

    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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