Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Might as well face it... I'm addicted to the Internet!*

*Sung to the tune of Robert Palmer's Addicted to love

I read this article a few days ago and have been meaning to talk about it here. Are you addicted to the Internet?

I 'discovered' the Internet and email for the first time when I was in University. Seems like a really long time ago. It was. I graduated from University in 1999! Wow, 10 years... I feel so old now.

Anyway, I remember thinking email was ridiculously silly, because why couldn't you just pick up the phone to talk to who you wanted to talk to, or why couldn't you write a nice letter on some nice stationary?

However, once I got 'online', I became seriously addicted! My best friends and I would all go into the computer lab on the 4th floor of the library and we would email one another. Yup. We were in the same room, emailing eachother.

Fast forward a few more years, and the Internet really took off. Reading news online was new and exciting and emailing friends (who were not sitting in the same room as me) was a great way to stay in touch, and sending pictures to others online was a new phenomena as well.

I started blogging a couple of years ago, because I love to write and it was also a great way to keep my friends updated about the things that were going on in my life and about stories that I wanted to talk about. They loved this, because that meant that I wouldn't send them a dozen emails a day!

And then Facebook came along. And now, Twitter. And I am not ashamed to admit it - I love the Internet! I love to blog and I love to tweet. Am I addicted to the Internet, though? I guess I have to say yes, I am. But it's not like it is taking over my life. I happen to have a job where I sit in front on a computer all day. And I am productive in the work I do. Updating my blog, reading blogs, and tweeting don't really take up that much time, you know? I would be really upset, however, if the system crashed and I had to go a whole day of being in the office sans Internet. Like, dreadful!

The article says that according to CNN, a recent survey found that 14% of Internet users find it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time. I concur. That would be really hard! Unless I'm on vacation, then I don't mind not being online. But thanks to iphone, I can still get a quick fix. (My husband's iphone, since I don't have one yet).

This article got me thinking; are we online more then we should be? To be honest, I don't think so. Sure, it's something I do way more of now then ever before, but I don't do it at the expense of anything else; when I am at home, I do go online, but after the children are asleep. If my children are awake and are playing happily together (okay, a rare thing) I will go on Twitter or read a blog or two while they're playing. No harm there, I don't think...

The article also talked about how to be 'present' when we spend 'precious little time with our children'. I don't know about you, but I don't need tips on how to interact with my children! My Internet addiction, if you can call it that, does not take away from me being a very present, hands-on mom to my two boys.

When I was home on maternity leave with my first born son, there was no twitter or facebook; and I had no idea there was a whole 'blogging' world out there. I spent some excellent quality time with my son; and nothing changed when my second baby was born. The Internet does not get in the way of my life; I simply really enjoy it. I find it empowering, almost. I am very thankful for so many of you great bloggers out there; because many times a day a great post makes me laugh, smile, comforts me, and lets me know I am not alone in this amazing experience of motherhood. Where else can you find great suggestions, and a place to get all emotional? And of course, the local aspect is great, too. Other moms in the same city as you, giving eachother ideas of what to do on a rainy day, or talking about a local news story. It's just great, really.

I guess, in conclusion, I love the Internet and I love to blog! And yes, I am addicted. Sort of.

So what about you? Are you addicted to the Internet?

13 comments:

Suzanne said...

Yes, I'm addicted! Especially being on mat leave for the last 10 months, I couldn't imagine going a few days without the Internet. It's my lifeline to what's going on outside of the little box I've been living in which consists of my home, the park, and the sandbox in my backyard. Not to mention, staying connected with friends and family who don't live nearby. Great post, Lou!

Chantal said...

I really think web2.0 saved me. Litterally, the contacts I have made with people has helped me through some hard times. At this point I can't even imagine completely unplugging. I don't know if I ever will. And yes, I still spend a ton of quality time with my boys! :)

How to Party with an Infant said...

I'm so addicted--it's cutting into my writing time and I need to do something about it!

Elisa said...

Count me in among the addicted. But don't diss it - if it wasn't for the web, blogs, twitter we never would have "met" ;-)

cabadov said...

Hello my name is Carrie Anne and I'm an Internetolic.

Yup, I'm so hooked on blogging and twitter (and facebook and email...) even though blogging and twitter are new for me. I even take my laptop on vacation. That said, I've made some great connections, some I wouldn't have made in the traditional sense.

So count me in for the Internet support group if you start one. An online one of course.

Chelle said...

It's crazy how what seems like a few years ago I didn't know a thing about the internet...it's crazy how many new things have come around in such a short time!

I love the internet--especially all my blogger friends :)

Quirkymom said...

Everyone here is likely to agree with you, me included, because most all of your readers are bloggers (In my case all my blog readers are family and only about 6 of them are actually reading, but I digress.) I tried to send an email to my school staff the other day to see if anyone was on twitter and my principal removed my email - didn't even know what it was and I honestly think many of them have no idea what it is. As much as I know I am addicted and check my email repeatedly, many, if not most of my friends and colleagues are not in the slightest and I wonder what the heck they do with all their time? :)

A Crafty Mom said...

My addiction comes and goes . . . when I have the time I love to spend it online, but when I'm super busy or occupied with life stuff I just can't cope. I definitely can't keep up with everything - I don't do Facebook anymore b/c there are only so many hours in a day. I just didn't have time for it all and Twitter is much faster and less of a time commitment. I have definitely gone a few days with no internet - I am the kind of person who just shuts the laptop off when I am overwhelmed and I won't turn it on for days and days. Then, of course, I'm screwed b/c I'm so behind on e-mail and other messages, but it is always nice to get a break.

Mommy In Pink said...

I totally think I'm addicted to the internet! I try and pry myself away as much as I can, but it always sucks me back in..lol

KrustyTheCat said...

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BeachMama said...

I would say yes, however, I can go without it. There are days when I am online a lot and then there are days when I don't get a chance. It's all about balance :)

Loukia said...

BeachMama and Crafty Mom - I wish I had your will power! ;)

Kelly said...

Definitely addicted, especially now that I've discovered the world of blogs. I like being able to go on the internet at any time to get some adult interaction

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