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No Computer - Livin' the Good Life

Apr. 7th, 2011

02:26 pm - No Computer

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We have not had access to the Internet for eight days now. I’ve been “gone” from the Cyberworld. Out of the loop. Cut off. Unavailable. And it’s been SO weird. I’ve been surprised at how much I use the Internet as my primary source of information and mindless entertainment. I check things on the Internet many times a day as I pass through the room or something occurs to me that I just HAVE to find out about, right now. I even do a big chunk of my shopping online. Jeeze, what did I do before we had the Internet? I don’t remember having this much free time. Oh yes, I was the mother of five children. I did not have free time. I would have hated having the Internet competing with my time as a mother when it took all my energy and all the space in my brain just to keep up with the demands of raising a family. Do mothers today shoo their kids away so they can have some private time on the computer? Maybe set the kids in front of the TV so they can have an undisturbed hour or two to check their emails and Facebook or write in their blogs? It’s definitely an escape into another world, and it’s SO immediate and handy. It’s ridiculously easy to “talk” with friends all over the world, find out anything, and I mean ANYTHING, you want to know in seconds, and be silent voyeurs of other people’s lives by following their daily entries in their blogs. I do not like to admit how pleasurable it all is for me!
So, since you are reading this, it means that my Internet is back up and running… and me with it. I’m just thankful that I have as much free time as I do at this time in my life and can enjoy the many benefits of this Cyberworld without feeling that I should really be doing something more practical and productive… or that I might be neglecting someone. At sixty-two, I have a whole new world to explore, and that’s a good thing for me.
Very important: I just need to remember to have good posture at the computer and to get up and move regularly. No problem.

Comments:

From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 8th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
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Welcome back! I've missed you.

I've often thought the very same thing...that the computer would have been such a HUGE temptation when my sons were all here and growing up. For me and my family, it's probably better that we didn't have blogging back then. I spent a lot of time back then just BEING with them...not always doing something with them, but being there. If I had cyber life back then, it may have been a different story.
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