There are a set of rules of being on the Internet, follow them and you'll be fine. If you don't, you're going to hate the Internet. The two most important rules are:
1. Don't make yourself look like an idiot, it leaves you open to flames.
2. Don't trust ANYONE, whether it has to do with giving someone your Hotmail password or your credit card number. You can't really trust a stranger, can you?
Moral of the story: No one cares if you hate something or like one thing more than another, so shut up.
Other, comparitively minor uses:
- The spreading of ideas, conspiracy theories etc by any random lunatic.
- Menial conversations over IM/forums etc.
- Telling people who don't care about you about yourself.
- Stealing/manipulating money.
- Spreading viruses.
- Organising stuff.
- Luring people (often children, sadly) to rapists and pervets.
- Promoting publications/sites/bands etc.
- Attempting to overthrow the government.
- Making/veiwing huge archives of "funny" pictures, jokes etc.
- RPG games.
- Setting up random websites for the terminally bored such as UD.
2) Dude, you *really* shouldn't believe all you read on the internet...
The internet is a modern day outlet for shopping, knowledge, communication, grass-root movements, information, personal expression, school, media sharing and organizations. The internet has probably had the biggest affect on all people of any technological advance in the past 30 years.
Stoner 2: Bejebus, yes! Crazy ass shit. Let's google vid it.
"I use the Google to pull up maps. I like see the ranch" -George W. Bush.
Timmy responds with "Well golly, I was just researching for my history paper, of course on the good ol' world wide web, or as some like to call it, the internet."