Is there an organization out there to help people who are addicted to the Internet? If not, then I’m sure one will prevail before long. At least I hope so.
I always figured that people addicted to the internet were either losers or office workers with way too much time on their hands. (And yes, office workers can also be losers, which would make the last sentence redundant. But then again not all office workers are losers, and vice versa. And although not all office workers have way too much time on their hands, I would suggest that all losers do. And for the record, nobody reading this blog is a loser, whether or not they are an office worker.)
Or gambling addicts. Oh yeah – and porn addicts. But both of these are separate addictions, if you ask me – the internet is simply a means to an end.
So it came as a shock to me recently when I realized I am “that person”.
That person – who keeps their twitter and facebook pages open all day whilst “working” on the computer. That person, who refreshes said pages every five minutes or less.
That person – who cannot have the computer on without simultaneously being online. (It’s impossible. I tried.)
That person – who opens conversations at parties with updates as to how many followers I got today on Twitter, and what my friends said on FB (FB = “Facebook”, for the uninitiated, if there are still any such people out there).
That person – who feels the need to apologize when checking emails on a day off. “I’ll only be ten minutes. I promise,” are often uttered (and rarely adhered to) words.
That person – who cringes at the thought of not turning on the computer for an entire week. (It’s simply too long – I mean really.)
That person – who follows so many blogs, that by the time I’ve finished reading them all, I don’t remember who wrote what. Besides which, I was reading so fast that I’m not sure what I really read to begin with.
That person – who has no less than seven tabs open at all times.
That person – who, instead of waiting two seconds for a page to load, clicks over to another open tab and gets distracted by, well, six other open tabs.
That person – who at the end of the day, has spent hours upon hours in front of the computer, but has actually accomplished next to nothing.
I am that person – an internet addict. How did this happen? And what do I do about it? Surely I am not alone. I know you are out there, fellow internet addicts. Let’s band together to help each other through this time of crisis. Together, we can help one another realize that there is so much more to life than the internet.
Ooh! I know. Let’s start a Facebook group. And maybe a group blog. Together – online- we can beat this.