Remember the good old days? Instead of isolating ourselves
in our newspapers, we used to talk to each other
and just make up the news. I happen to understand
that fellow. He’s simply longing for an era
of refinement and culture. People used to read books. No one reads books anymore. That old cliché
is completely false. More Americans read books today than did in the 1950s. Huh. And, by the way,
when books were invented, snobs like you
hated on them too. One intellectual even thought
that too many books would harm the mind. Blast this… That’s ridiculous. If you don’t read books,
how will you know how smart and superior
you are? Ahh! Ooh! Well, according to Socrates,
you aren’t. The father of philosophy
himself complained about the ultimate corrupting modern
invention, the written word. The written word
creates forgetfulness in the learners’ souls. Back in my day, we memorized
and recited our lessons. Reading is for the lazy
and the stupid! No! My personal identity! It’s okay, he was wrong. Just like you’re wrong
about the internet. No, no, things
are worse now. I can prove it. People used to communicate
with each other, not like these solipsists! I’m sorry, what do you think
people use these devices for? Literally, all they’re
doing is communicating. He’s keeping in touch
with a friend from college. She’s writing an email to
a fellow researcher in Poland. I’m cyberbullying a child. (Adam)
Okay, they’re not
all winners. But the point is, we’re all
communicating more now than we ever were before. We weren’t better people back
before we had smart phones or the internet. We were the same, lazy, curious,
social people we’ve always been. The only difference is now we
have instantaneous access to all knowledge
and communication. I mean, how is that anything
other than a tremendous social good? Instead of pining
for an imagined past, we should feel immensely lucky to live in the
magnificent present.

Adam Ruins Everything – Why the Internet is Good for Society

100 thoughts on “Adam Ruins Everything – Why the Internet is Good for Society

  • December 20, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    What about 5G and all of the dangers associated with it as well as the dangers of Wi-Fi?

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  • December 21, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    Is this guy smart or just an actor feeding information to us?

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  • December 23, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    He this wasn't a ruin

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  • December 25, 2018 at 10:10 am
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    Read my name tag

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  • December 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm
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    It's a good thing gone too far, communication is good but when your trying to have three conversations on your phone you don't pay attention to what's going on around you and miss out on the current moment

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  • December 26, 2018 at 5:03 pm
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    The gleeful delivery of "I'm cyber-bullying a child!" made my day. I want to see a comedic show about that guy. Seems very Always Sunny-ish.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    I love this show and totally agree with Adam, but in a true, human sense of communication, like talking to the person next to you and making a friend, we are deeply lacking.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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    Social media and most forms of online communication causes the same chemical reaction in the brain caused in drinking alcohol or taking drugs. Its addictive, teenagers grow up with it and can never live without it. It isnt wonderous at all its harmful

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  • December 31, 2018 at 3:19 am
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    If you want to become smart by not reading books just go to the Internet and I got a blood clot for being too many books that the school sent me because if it weren’t for school I would be reading thank you very much

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  • January 3, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    A nice antidote to modern day hysteria. All the same, the internet could be better. Online harassment is a real thing though.

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  • January 5, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Plot twist. Beard dude is a Yelp Reveiwer.

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  • January 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    We connect to people far from us & disconnect to people around us…

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  • January 10, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Adam: "We should feel immensely lucky to live in the magnificent present"
    That you're guilt tripping us for screwing up
    Great show (not sarcasm BTW)

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  • January 11, 2019 at 9:14 am
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    This video is making me lose faith in this video series. Clearly, the content creators haven't paid attention to real research. I'm disappointed.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    yet if a kid goes to a social function they don’t know how to talk to people

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  • January 18, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-use-increases-depression-and-loneliness#Our-curated-lives

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  • January 18, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    I like the Internet, its got pictures of Kendall Jenner on it.

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  • January 20, 2019 at 5:52 am
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    Isn't the dude Adam is teaching from Captain America: The Winter Soldier ???

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  • January 24, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    Don't forget faceless interaction.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Actually, Socrates was right. You can argue that many people today are more forgetful than ever. I see it everyday where people forget anything for inconsequential to crucial things like what they were get at the grocery store or where they parked their car.

    However, he didn't properly predict the benefits of increased intellectual ability that reading fosters. All that accumulated knowledge has lifted society and civilization to the modern era where humanity is enjoying its greatest time on Earth and still with even brighter happenings to come.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    The EU is about to 'protect' us Europeans from dangerous ideas and independant thinking. Article 11 and 13 will stop us getting ideas about democracy or freedom by cutting us off from the rest of the world. If it gets ratified.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    Anyone who writes more than six sentences in the comments section of a YouTube video is very mad about something and should be ignored.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    The ruinier, probably Adam's ancestor.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    Jimmy Davis?

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  • February 2, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    Cool seeing D.C. Pierson here.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    Socrates criticized the written word because he believed in conversation and discourse as a better way of learning rather than obsessing over textbooks. We should apply some of those policies even today.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I would disagree.. while social media and other tools have got us to connect with older friends the amount of contact that people really have has reduced. I can state this by an example, a relative of mine had passed away in December and his birthday would fall in Jan. The following Jan I saw multiple posts wishing the person a happy birthday on Facebook. This shows that while we are connected no one really cares about the other person.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    MOTHER!!!You need to watch this!!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    All millenials needs to open their minds!!

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  • February 7, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    same place as Stan X Kyle:The Movie Cuming Soon

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  • February 7, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    Half of these comments are about a single line.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 3:33 am
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    The percent increased due to population growth.
    Yea we’re giving more importance to people in the device by ignoring people around us n even when we went out with our family.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    Internet is great for society. One word:

    Porn.

    I am so much happier nowadays than back then. Back then, it was all about trying to find ways to pass the time. Now? I'm in the net all the time. I never run out of things to do.

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  • February 14, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    Next up: Adam Ruins the Present.

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  • February 20, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    was waiting for a plot twist right after he said "magnificent present"

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  • February 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    Great video to make when you make a living from the internet

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  • February 22, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Yeaaaa in azombie world. People today suck

    Gd all time when we used to talk one another. Is gone

    Best is talk to to people in real face to face not theou a. Piece. Wire,plastic etx u know what mean mannnnn jajjajjaj.

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  • February 23, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    If its fun it there must be something wrong with it!

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  • February 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    "I'M CYBER BULLYING A CHILD!"… sounds about right.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    The Internet also is liable to spread all kinds of misinformation/disinformation and so help colleges to scam students into great debt. There is also no reason not to spread misinformation/disinformation on the internet in order to make pre-existing goods and services that are junk look good or to help fabricate new markets for new goods and services that only swindle and use sophisticated-sounding language to do so (especially since computer skills really help in the fine art of imitation, forging, and masking).

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  • March 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Porn…

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  • March 19, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    1:30 POLAND POWER

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  • March 21, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    "No! My personal identity!"

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  • March 23, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    10 MINS LATER Talks about facebook and it stalking you and says it being free is bad. LOL

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  • March 25, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    This video makes me feel better, cause internet is my life

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  • March 26, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    1:32 Lol

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  • March 28, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    We do not have instantaneous access to tremendous knowledge which comes with a price tag which is too damn high.

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  • March 29, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    I found out that death is a lie according to quantum physics. I read the book "Hands of Light" written by the physicist Barbara Brennan. Subatomic particles spin and vibrate too fast to be solid or physical. So we are electrical magnetic energy field vibrational fields just like atoms. This means we are images being created by our souls constantly. Because quarks are constantly bursting forth spinning billions of times a second as 3 points of light, forming what are called protons and neutrons, then we are super fast spinning light, which creates charge. We are electrical beings and should be treated as such. We are not biological. Everything everywhere is pulsating and vibrating with consious light and energy. That means what is called God is the everything everywhere. We breathe God, and otherwise speak the language of God in this dimension.
    Maybe everyone would like the word "mind" instead. Intense brilliant information is spinning those quarks into what everything is. Otherwise, where does information come from? Is it just……poof……..magically there in our brains? Well, in the book "The Quantum World" written by the physicist Kenneth Ford I found these words: 'magically bursting forth are quarks spinning billons of times a second as 3 points of light, forming protons and neutrons'. Well, doesn't hurt to repeat the ideas that are constantly creating us. Quarks are ideas that are bursting forth. Evidence of the big bang right here right now within us, as us. Time is an illusion. Found a graph saying so in the book "The Quantum World".
    Brennan wrote that we are eternal, electromagnetic, holographic, multidimensional energy and light beings. She built a college system teaching that we are eternal energy beings able to heal ourselves. What could be more exciting?

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  • March 30, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    They said the same thing about the TV but watching over 10+ years of Animal Planet, Discovery, History, and Travel channels. I wasn't never very good at reading and TV was my second form of knowledge if I didn't know the meaning of certain words which are rarely used.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Ian Burr isn't even a polish name

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  • April 12, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    Bruh I love reading what you taking about?

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  • May 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    That guy is an extra for the avengers movies

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  • May 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Sure, we might be sending messages and calling and emailing people around the world that we once had no access to. But communication cant be just words, as if it were a semantic binary code typed and sent to its receiver.
    Humans are social animals and we communicate more with our bodies than with words, and because of that, you can only merely guess the tone at which I am writing this comment.
    The rise of the internet has made anti sociality a norm we perceive to be communication.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    POLSKA POLSKA POLSKA

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  • May 21, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pFX2P7JLwA this video shows why we should demolish the internet also contradictory

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    One like = one friend for Jonathan

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    "I'm cyberbullying a child" ROFL!

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  • June 7, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    You suck Johnathan😂

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  • June 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    1:23 since when did Adam learn how to play Watchdog

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  • June 18, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    Socrates is the father of philosophy?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    "I'm cyberbullying a child!"

    …oh ok…

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  • June 29, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    i M c Y b E r b U L L Y i N g A c H i L d

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  • July 11, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    MWAHAHAHHAHAHAAA Excuse!!

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    If we just see past 20 years or so, we had to tackle new kinds of crimes that comes solely due to the existence of internet – email scams, cyber crimes, security hacks, dark net, and mountains of those. We never had such problems in the era of books or 'the written word'. This is a new dimension of how we communicate. So the question we need to ask is – is the Internet more good than bad? You cant just quote the good parts of the Internet and call it social good.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    "Instead of pining for an imagined past, we should feel immensely lucky to live in the magnificent present"
    Quote… Quoted.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    the internet has saved me thousands because now I can work on my own car.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    Adam is right on point except that too much social media usage can cause social anxiety when they're too dependent on it. Online communication is much easier you don't need to show any emotion and you can feel free to just say what you want except in person it's a total different story.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    You guys misinterpreted socrates.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Pre-History
    HUHAHUHA TIKIKI GNEURSHK GNEAURSHK
    Ancient Era
    Those damn present day fools and their books we used to just make stuff out of our mind and call it knowledge
    90s
    Those damn kid and their TVs we used to just read books
    2000s
    Those damn kid and their internet we used to just watch TV

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    iM cYbERbUllYiNg A cHiLD

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  • August 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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    But there still the forking roads of the future. There the "Everything Sucks" future, the "Better" future, and finally the "Same as it Always Been" future.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Adam, thank you for ruining everything. Please, continue to show us the truth. 😊🖤

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    I read books and we have Kindle, besides no internet means no fan fiction

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  • August 24, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    I’ve been playing PUBG and I’ve met great people

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  • August 25, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    just like books people still use CDs

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Oh yes , the classic "pic the wrong reason why something is wrong and then argument against it" technique, the internet is awesome and certain parts of it are great for society, but the same way it just made every good thing even better, it also made every bad thing even worse, especially social media and all the issues with self esteem it causes in children and possibly immature adults, so lets just analize things instead of saying "back in my day" this or that. or "things are better now grandpa" . Use your frickin heads people

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:11 am
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    The presentation of the topic is rather subjective. So is this comment.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    PORN! Let's be honest, the majority of it is basically porn. Nothing more, were animals.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    I don’t think Socrates was wrong. Forgetting things is far more common because of information from books

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  • September 8, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    HOLD ON! Did they seriously use an 11 year old graph to illustrate how much people read today?!

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  • September 11, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    Omg thank you adam!!!

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    I think they are linking social media to a high rate of mental illnesses though.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 9:18 am
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    PREACH!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    A magnificent presence where all the things talked about on this show are somehow terrible.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    1:30 LOL.

    that's all I have to say.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 11:40 pm
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    "I'm cyberbullying a child"
    Every tuesday

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  • October 15, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    I disagree with the first statistic shown, the internet has evolved much since 2005, and was much larger in 2012 than 5. please use statistics closer to the date you made this video

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  • October 27, 2019 at 8:48 am
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    Dude probably knew he'd be on camera, so he brought the infinite jest book he's never been able to finish. Suits his character perfectly lol.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    I love how that pretentious guy is holding Infinite Jest. The most pretentious of books

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  • October 29, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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    Adam is right, we are living in golden age. In past we have not treatment for certain diseases, no means of transport, no luxury. That's why, we all should embrace present and be thankful for all the inventions.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    even though he says "ruins everything"
    he makes them a little bit better

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  • November 4, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    I love how the book he is holding is called infinite jesus

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  • November 7, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Adam was like ok boomer

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  • November 9, 2019 at 3:54 am
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    I’m going to sent this to parents

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  • November 10, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Boomer: talks to me about phones
    Me: whips out this video

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  • November 13, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Ok boomer

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  • November 18, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    boomers have left the chat

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  • November 21, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Adam, are you the young Mark Kermode?😂

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  • November 25, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    OK boomer.

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  • December 3, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    We can use this to the boomers

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