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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Somewhere in the early 90's I discovered the Internet (back when it was text and DOS based!) I don't mean I invented it; we all know Al Gore did that! The night I popped in that free AOL CD I ended up staying online until 4:00 a.m. researching a disorder with which a family member had been diagnosed. I was blown away by the copious amount of information I found at my fingertips. I became instantly addicted.
I have a good friend who calls herself (and me) an "Information Ho" and I'd say that's about right. I have lived on the Internet ever since to some degree. I haven't watched tv with any regularity (except American Idol the year David Cook won) for many years. I have never watched a single episode of Lost, 24, NCIS, Sex in the City, Dexter, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, or The Sopranos. I'm okay with that.
I'm a techno geekette and I'm "plugged in" pretty much 24/7/365. I carry my HTC Evo everywhere with me and that means instant access to the Interwebs, my email, chat programs, weather, news, sports---even my weight watchers points values are calculated on the fly thanks to a 'droid app. I'm tuned into that little alert and flashing green light on the EVO that tells me something happened (a new email, a chat request, etc.)
The past few days, however, I've been missing in action. Dealing with an onslaught of life's zingers, I have been unable to keep up with my normal geek stuff. And when the flu hit, one of my friends suggested I "unplug" for a while and just rest, watch TV and relax. It dawned on me then that I NEVER unplug. I can't think of the last time I just sat and watched a TV show and even when I did, I'm sure I had the EVO in my hand in case it beeped.
As much as the 'Net is a great escape for me, and a place where I feel I thrive, I think I need to remember life is lived in the 3D world where real hugs happen, where treadmills spin and memories are made. I didn't make this a goal at the beginning of the year, but it occurs to me that in order to meet all of my aggressive goals for 2011, I'm going to have to add one more: limit computer and EVO time! Part of this "whole life" makeover is that I want to reach out and have more "real life" contact with people. That's kind of hard to do from behind a computer screen.
How much time do you spend online? On the computer? Do you have an iPhone or Droid and do you find yourself "plugged in" all the time? Are you okay with that? Inquiring minds want to know.....