I recently bought a laptop. While it was not my fist computer purchase, it was the first laptop I bought. And I had to get wireless internet for the house. Had to. Yes this is the crux of the issue – I HAD TO GET INTERNET. You know what I am talking about. The need to have to be connected. To check Facebook 300 times a day. To check my blog statistics and see how many times it has been viewed each day – 21 is my current record. To check email and blogs and all those other things that manage to distract me. Tomorrow I get a new bed at home and all I keep thinking is that there is a plug right there where my laptop can be plugged in and I can use it in bed. Yes, I am obsessed.
I love the convenience of the laptop. But I notice that it keeps me from human interaction. I have to force myself to call people who I only talk to online every so often so that I remember how to hold a conversation (which has always been a struggle for me anyways). And then there are the countless others that I seem to only know online – although at one time that was not the case. And I never meet new people. The last one I met was from an online connection. And, well as you know, it ended badly.
I am trying to get music together for the concert this fall – using the internet is a big help there. And I will be cutting CD’s for the band – using the laptop. And I am sure I can justify this in a thousand more ways over the next couple of weeks (updating the blog…is that a good reason?). What I can’t justify yet is the replacement of human connection that I got when I got online.
I am surrounded by people on a weekly basis. But I never meet new people. I need some connections. Anyone out there?