If someone would have told me 4 years ago that I would be so dependent on my computer, I would have laughed in their face. At that time I had a PC desktop that my son, Keith, actually built for me. I didn’t need much since I basically used it for emails and ordering books from the library.
Now I’m like that old advertising slogan, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” I have graduated to a MacBook Pro (thanks to my other son, Andrew) and it’s like another appendage to my body. Really, I actually take it to bed with me. It’s the last thing I look at night and the first thing I peruse in the morning. I use it for everything. I check the news, weather, dictionary, Wikipedia and sometimes, yes, even those goofy viral videos.
Between checking on Twitter, Facebook (3 accounts), email (3 accounts), various blogs and writing my own, I spend a fair amount of time online. I can film video, edit it on my laptop and post it on YouTube. Not that I don’t love it, but it is a time suck. In between, I’m reading and listening to books like crazy (on my computer as well as in my car and on my iPod). Even though I’ve been sent books to read on the computer, I can’t seem to bring myself to do that. I need to hold a book either paper or eReader, but not on my honking laptap.
So, when my power went out last night and the internet was down overnight, I felt the shakes coming on. I know I can use my iPhone, but I’m still all thumbs when it comes to texting, so the thought of typing anything more than 140 characters at one time is extremely daunting.
Not to mention that without a computer there was no Hulu.com so I couldn’t catch up on my television series. Now I’m avoiding everything so I don’t find out who was sent home on the Biggest Loser and what happened on Castle.
Anyway, internet now back up. Blog posted. Almost all emails read. Still a few blogs to read and lots of tv to catch up on. But now I worry about something happening to my laptop. How did I get to this point and is there a patch for this (like when you try to quit smoking)? I think I need to get into some sort of support group.
How about you? How long could you survive without the internet? Do you use it only for work? Or as entertainment too?
Bottom Line: If you do send me a text, be patient for the reply…I have slow, fat fingers.