They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.
Hi, I'm Meg, and I'm addicted to the internet. It's been 3 minutes since my last email check. It's been 5 minutes since I last 'liked' something on facebook. It's been 8 minutes since my last RSS feed read. I just sat down to log on to our family gCalendar to double-check a doctor appointment and before I knew it I was on YouTube looking at videos of elementary school choruses singing Coldplay songs. *sob* I need help! Right after I check my work mail and read my headlines on MSNBC.com
It's Hubby's fault. It was his idea to put a family computer desk in the living room, in the main living area of our house.
I'm wondering out loud how many people check their internet social circles, and how often. I will be the first out of the closet: I check my email, facebook, and my RSS feeds 4 or 5 times a day, minumum. MINimum. And Hubby and I remain the last two people on the planet who do not have cells with data plans, meaning we cannot check on the go. We're leaving it that way as a last guard against the crazy.
Mandatory checks accompany morning coffee, after I have fed and dressed all the beings in the house who require someone to feed and/or dress them. (Bob's good on his own. Just saying.) Extended stays in front of the screen at night, usually after 9PM, while I give 33% of my attention to Rachel Maddow or whatever's on TV Land. I do read, especially in summer, but I do this too. Hell, I'll say it. I do this more.
Remember the "addicted to the internet" episodes of talk shows? 10-15 years ago this rate of checkage would probably be grounds for forced participation in a self-help group. I'm wondering how I compare, in my addiction, to the vast majority of others...others who check facebook and blogs often enough to see this post...hmm. Liking my odds. Still:
- How often do you go online now?
- Do you check email/social networks/RSS feeds on vacation?
- Is it a standard event in the day (brush teeth, drink coffee, read forwards)?
- Do you go mobile, checking email in your car while you sit on 76 East in freakin' shore traffic...really wished I had a smart phone this afternoon.
- Do I really think I'm that important that I can't be connected to the outside world 24/7? Wait, I'll answer that one, since it's directed at me. Not really, I just don't care who doesn't care.