Do they have a group for recovering computer addicts, i wonder?
I got rid of my television a few years back, because there was a time when i would switch it on when i got out of bed and switch it off just before i got back into bed, i have never had a television in the bedroom, anyone’s bedroom. In time i began to realize that the programs i was watching were chat shows about nothing important and soaps full of rubbish. All my time was wasted sat staring at this flickering screen in the corner. I would only get up and do anything when the advertisements were on. It was time to downsize and downsize i did.
First i began to watch less and less TV until i found i wasn’t watching it at all, or not very much. However along came an even more powerful tool to steal my time, the computer and when that didn’t have the desired affect, the world wide web or in short the Internet appeared. Don’t get me wrong i think the WWW is a fantastic tool, but there are days when i can spend my time looking at yet another flickering screen all day long and there are not any adverts to break my concentration and divert me elsewhere.
So here i am on the WWW or the www, let’s not make it more important than we have to. For many of us we use the computer and the Internet as a valued tool and we find it useful, but there are times in my life when i seem to spend all my time attached to a keyboard. They have even made access to Internet easier by putting it on your mobile phone (my mobile does not do that). So not only do you spend time on the Internet at home you can also carry it around with you in your pocket. How lucky you all are and you know who you are, yet something else to steal your time!
However do you really need to carry instant access around with you all the time? Have you ever tried to log how many hours you spend in front of this flickering screen and then add the hours sat in front of the other one too, how many hours of your life are you wasting? I use my computer for the following:
- writing my blog
- reading blogs
- reading emails
- sending emails
- family history
- training others to teach family history
- family history indexing
- games – not often
- and probably a lot more. My computer can now be on from 8am till 8pm, i have just replaced one thing with another. I don’t have any amazing solutions to the problem, these are the only ideas i can think of -
- turn it off
- have a break
- make a plan of what you need to do then stop
- do something else
- sit in silence
- turn the internet off on your mobile for an hour now and then
- if you use it for watching (has i do) watch for no more than the length of a film a day
Hi, my name is Beverley and i am a computer addict!