Do you think you would be stronger if you spent zero time on blogs, message boards, and online shops, pouring over comments, "research", logs, and advertisements? Or would you be weaker because these have provided you the insight, knowledge, and motivation that's helped push you to where you are now?
I'll go first.
Without the internet, I'd probably be stronger... at squatting, benching, and deadlifting (and maybe the olympic lifts). I started lifting with some seriousness in high school and I picked up my first copy of Powerlifting USA after I came back from a work stint in Japan in 1997. I didn't get online appreciably until 1999 or so.
But without the internet, I'd also be an injury-ridden mess and most likely would have never gotten into kettlebells. Then again, maybe I would have - I had friends who were interested in strongman and subscribed to Milo, and maybe I would have sought these things out for myself. Maybe, but probably not.
So, what do you think? I'd like to hear your thoughts.