Out of curiosity (I seem to start half my posts with that, but anyway...), has the internet effected your decision to be in the Church or Orthodox jurisdiction that you are in? I guess the term "significant" is subjective, so you'll have to make that call yourself. Basically, I'd just like to find out who feels that the internet has provided information or reasons to be in a particular group. I'm asking because traditionally people don't switch Churches (I think something like 12 out of 13 people will stay in the same Church that their parents were in), but the number of converts seems to be much higher on the internet. Is this because the internet attracts converts, or does the internet itself have a large role to play in creating converts? What has your experience been?
As for myself, I would say that, excepting my original decision to become a Christian, the internet has probably played a significant part in every move that I've made (1. to leave Protestantism, 2. to become Orthodox rather than Catholic, 3. to go ROCOR, 4. to leave Christianity). Personally, except for the move to ROCOR, it wasn't so much reading articles and such as actual interactions with people on discussion board. I also read a few books along the way, but it was on the internet that I mostly worked out different issues. I found chat rooms in Paltalk to be a good way to see things from another perspective, since I don't really have the patience to read a lot of different types of theological posts (I'm attracted to ones more rooted in history), and chat rooms are more geared towards people giving quick overviews of their position on different issues.