I am increasingly, intransigently convinced that people who hold their noses about the internet don't DO anything.They must not shop. They don't need to read user reviews of products to cut through the hype; they don't need the lowest price; they don't need to have things shipped overnight; they don't care about a range of options. I can assure you they have never tried to buy a black dust ruffle with an 18" drop.
They must have great health insurance. They don't look up symptoms. Or try to understand a loved one's diagnosis. Or find an OTC remedy. Or a holistic one. They don't need the CDC take on swine flu because media's breathless interpretations are enough.
They don't go anywhere. They don't need maps or directions or business hours. Or flight information. Or hotel rates. They don't need to check their bank balances. Or pay a bill at that last minute.
They don't need to know how to fix a lawnmower. Or whether that knocking sound could be a little or a big expense. They don't need to find a recipe for something with avocado and ground beef because they never get down to almost nothing in the fridge. Or find a recipe for 7-layer salad for Easter dinner.
I guess they have enough friends and don't care to reconnect with the old ones. Or keep up with relatives from far away with pictures and videos. They don't like to get instant communication or confirmation of their request.
Yeah, i guess you can do all of these things elsewhere. In my experience, that takes longer, costs more, uses more resources and is more frustrating than dial-up.
And there's the junk information argument: The lack of veracity or proof thereof. As compared to ... what? Infomercials? TV? Any form of mass media with gatekeepers and stockholders? At least online you can check several sources instantly.
So whine if you will about the evils of the Web. Over there. Out of earshot. Thanks.