*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?