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Why the internet isn’t as terrible as your parents seem to think


The internet gets a lot of stick. Social media is replacing human connections, it’s reducing attention spans, there’s no such thing as privacy anymore. Blah blah blah.

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Some amazing, amazing things have come out of the internet, and nothing else could have made them happen.

Love. 

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‘Girl Hearts Girl’ charts the life of Lucy Sutcliffe as she grows up, comes out and falls in love with her girlfriend, Kaelyn, all on YouTube. They inspired thousands of people to be proud of who they love and be proud of themselves. You can grab yourself a copy of Lucy’s book here.

Beating bullies.

Last year a video of a man dancing popped up on the internet and the bullies came out to fat shame him. It was vicious and mean and unnecessary and the internet jumped to his defense.  A campaign was launched on Twitter to find him – #FindDancingMan – and Sean O’Brien ended up being flown to LA and invited to a party to dance it out with the likes of Meghan Trainor and throq the first pitch at a Dodgers game. Take that, trolls.

Reunited. 

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One of the best things about the internet is getting to be in contact with people you haven’t spoken to in years, but finding someone you thought lost to you forever? Priceless.

Three Guatemalan siblings who lost contact during the civil war were reunited after over 30 years. A picture posted of two of the siblings on Facebook was recognised by the third sibling who was adopted after their parents were killed.

Invaluable advice.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell people in your real life when you’re growing through a tough time and having people online who you trust and admire can make all the difference. Carrie Hope Fletcher is that kind of YouTuber – her viewers are called the Hopefuls after all! She made a wonderful video talking about bullying that helped lots and lots of her fans.

Friendship. 

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We don’t know about you, but for us there’s nothing like bookish friends. Most of our bookish friends happen to live on the internet – that’s where we met them and that’s the main way we keep in contact with them. These friendships are some of the best, closest and most important ones in our life and without the internet we never would have met.

What’s the nicest thing the internet has ever done for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.