I think you are just changing. Like for me they were fun in the sense that they time wasters like video games. Can be fun in short burst but becomes pretty depressing real quick after a significant amount of time is spent on them. Over the years the neglected responsibilities and missed opportunities pile up and I realized how much time I wasted on this stupid pointless bullshit, causing me to not see it as fun anymore. But you it is hard to leave because it got so bad that you do not know how to do much else
What ruined them for me were spammers and right-wing faggots who constantly post rage bait, politics, and culture-war bullshit on every board. Those places tend to have really interesting threads that now appear every once in a while because 75 percent of threads are just off-topic trash made to piss you off. Like for example, I frequent 4/g/. Thought I’d be viewing discussions of like-minded people about a certain things related to technology but NO. It’s always a thread about how (Minority group) is “ruining” something or a screen-cap of (Retarded Politician) who posted something on twatter, or (brand A) sucks and (brand B) is better, or somebody complaining about how they can’t get a simple tool like an adblocker to run. Technology MY ASS. It’s like that on half the site while the other half is gen alpha normalfags posting unfunny reddit humor or something painfully stupid. Especially on boards like worksafe-GIF, Advice, or R9K. The whole internet is making me want to kill myself. Where did all the normal people go?
>Where did all the normal people go?
It is normal to enjoy political discourse and the enragement of those considered the enemy. It is normal to draw stark comparisons in dichotomies such as in the political, cultural, or video game console wars. It is normal to have a laugh over stupid things and people. Being so against this either means you're not normal, or you're one the frequent "enemies" that gets stepped on the most. Probably an Xbox fanboy!
I mostly dislike how sexual everything has become. Can't talk about video games or anime on 4chan without some horny retard coming in spamming pictures and trying to make people cum. And if you tell him to fuck off you just get dogpiled and told "It's always been this way newfag!". No it fucking has not.
You keep saying "fuck". I don't think you understand what that means.
seek undergrounds imeageboards, not mainstream ones, like 4normies.
There was a pretty niche imageboard that had a board especially for hikkikomoris, it's was genuinely good and had actual NEET and few real western hikkis, but is mostly empty now because many immigrated to Discord, that was straight from the horse mouth.
>>215072>I tried to quit and go out instead and for a while I think I became a normalfag and even sorta enjoyed it for a while. But then I got disillusioned with it all and realized that it's not for me, so now I am back here again but everything is dead.
I can relate with all this.
Except for the fact that imageboards are never been my thing. You might try to ignore them more and focus on hobbies and shit, it's way better than these places
>>215072>Old internet is dead.
It is and it isn't coming back. Time to find something else.
How do you deal with the fear of missing out? Hold on! I don't mean the normie way. I mean the quest to build understanding of the reality we live in. It's conflicting that on the one hand there's the idea that it's better to be free from any idea about reality yet on the other hand a life of blissful unawareness of all societal drama seems not right somehow.
You're not going to get that from an imageboard.
The internet isn't a stronger drug, but everyone has 24/7 access to it and you effectively can't get exhausted from consuming it, which makes it worse than conventional drugs. It's also more insidious because it creates addiction through "natural" processes in your own body, not from an external substance, so it's much harder to categorize the same way as other drugs or harmful addictions.
That being said, I don't think the internet is as addicting as people think it is. The real problem is that the world outside of the computer is so shit that people would rather sit in front of a display and hit the refresh button for 10 hours straight than participate in real life.
You could say that if the internet didn't exist, people would be more motivated to fix the world since they can't use the internet as a passive coping mechanism. But you still can't fully blame the internet, because before internet the TV served a similar purpose.
The real problem is any content that can be digitally delivered to you with no costs or limitations because it allows your to just sit and consume with too little mental and physical effort.
Please elaborate because it seems more like gambling: once in a while there's a pay-off that as far as I know can't be found anywhere else but it requires a huge investment.
>>215148>How do you deal with the fear of missing out?
I've had some normalfag experiences. But even before those, my worldview was the same.
How you see the world is determined by your IQ and genetics.
To quote Cioran:
"What I know at sixty, I knew as well at twenty. Forty years of a long, a superfluous, labor of verification."
>you effectively can't get exhausted from consuming it (media)
uh, you definitely can?
>It's also more insidious because it creates addiction through "natural" processes in your own body, not from an external substance
The "external substance" is the screen flashing with colors and sound and crap in front of your eyes.
>The real problem is that the world outside of the computer is so shit that people would rather sit in front of a display and hit the refresh button for 10 hours straight than participate in real life.
And rightly so. Reality is boring and full of suffering and cringe.
>But you still can't fully blame the internet, because before internet the TV served a similar purpose.
I'm not blaming anything, I was just telling the other anon to take a break from it and find some more interesting hobbies than imageboards.
The internet has been heavily corporatized, even imageboards. It's just one giant sales catalogue at this point with same Bootstrap css.
I come to this board occasionally (still a wizzie), because very few places remind of pre-Iphone internet.
Imageboards outside of 4chan rarely last more than a few years at best. There's no 8chan-sized alternative at the moment, but there's plenty of imageboards and other forms of website that have cropped up in recent years and receive enough activity to pass the time.
You'll have to deal with most users being 15-25 years old however, which will make you feel fucking ancient if you're in your late 20s/early 30s like the average /britfeel/ user (AKA me).>>215168
I feel like there is no escape from trying to become a normie. The internet being an escape for loners was a lie that I idiot bought for half of my life. Now the internet abandoned me and I'm left stranded with no place to go. I feel like an idiot thinking that I could run away from social interaction in a world run by humans. I am no genius who can do everything alone.
>>215230>I feel like an idiot thinking that I could run away from social interaction
What are you talking about? You just need to use the internet to download movies and books and music, for example, and avoid communities. You don't find social interaction in a philosophical book in PDF format, lol.
If you visit online communities, you cannot complain that the internet is giving you social interaction (which is a normie thing by definition, even when it's between outcasts).
Just use the internet for noble things, like the aforementioned.
What other hobbies do you have?
Well said. There is simply no escape except death.