I’m sitting at a park, amazed that I am able to resist the temptation to go home to get an Internet connection. Before the Internet was available, I remember how cool it was just to have a computer, and later a laptop. But then they invented the Internet, and all the former sizzle of computing was gone unless it also had a Wi-Fi! And oh, we longed for a connection, then a faster connection, and faster. How do you spell freedom? A screaming fast Internet connection!
But are we really free? Or are we addicted?
Funny how much of a loss it is to be on a laptop without wi-fi. My, what a cyberworld we live in today. But would I ever admit to having an Internet addiction? I suppose I’d have to think about that for a little while. Hmm… When I’m really engrossed in viewing something online and my wife says dinner is ready, would I rather eat, or delay basic sustenance for survival for another minute or two or ten? Or an hour or two or longer? OK, I at least admit that if I’m online, I don’t dash to dinner as soon as I hear the bell. And exercise? Do I take regular breaks from browsing to exercise or even stretch– or even move my gaze away from the screen as recommended. Ah, well, no.
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Finally, when I do something they call ‘self-talk’ and say within my inner being that I’ll just look at one more web page or read one more article or make one more post, do I usually tell myself the truth? Or am I…
OK. I admit it. I’m somewhat addicted to the Internet; and as much as I hate to cut this short, I can’t stand it anymore.. I am heading out of park to get back to civilization where I can get a Wi-Fi connection to upload this article and then get back to that ever-exciting cyberworld.
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