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message 1: by Misha (last edited Mar 05, 2010 11:03AM) (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) So yesterday I decided to try a little experiment to see if I could stay away from the internet except for necessary business like work stuff and online banking. I made it through the evening and the morning before work just fine, but I found I really can't sit at my desk without the diversion. Does this mean I'm an addict, or just that I hate my job? ;)

It's really the social aspect of being online that I found myself wanting. I could stay offline, I think, but I don't want to. To me, the internet = people, and why would I want to stay away from all of the cool people I know online?

[Edit:] I really would like to be more productive during my non-work hours. I end up wasting a lot of time on Facebook and Goodreads during evenings and weekends, or just reading blogs. It's lazy and I'd like to do less of that.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I deactivated my Facebook account for awhile to help get away. I'm too afraid to do that to Goodreads, I figure you would pack up the house and move, so when I came back no one would be home. :-)


message 3: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
That's sad, Jim!


message 4: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
I wholeheartedly embrace the addiction. I like you guys a lot more than most real life people.


message 5: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Enablers! ;)

If I deactivate or even delete an account, I just end up back the next day, like emptying the booze down the drain but just hitting the liquor store an hour later.


message 6: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
We're not booze! You learn stuff here.


message 7: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Where's the keg? *looks around*


message 8: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Sally wrote: "We're not booze! You learn stuff here."

That just makes you booze fortified with vitamins. Or something.

*pours Larry a beer*


message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) *enables Misha*


message 10: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
Flintstones booze?


message 11: by Matt (new)

Matt | 819 comments FB seems somewhat more forgiving than GR about the temporary account deletions, as I have noticed that people who delete get all of their friends back automatically upon returning.

We seem to be in the same drunken boat regarding the free time squandering, Misha...


message 12: by Flora (new)

Flora Smith (bookwormflo) My work finally cut us off of social networking sites so I have to do without now :{ it certainly makes the day longer because there is alot of downtime where I am. I don't have as much time to be on afterwork because of being busy with so many other things. I feel like I really miss out on alot.


message 13: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
So your work doesn't consider GR to be social networking? Cause that's how we all use it.


message 14: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Betty or Wilma?


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Sally wrote: "So your work doesn't consider GR to be social networking? Cause that's how we all use it."

Amen sistah!


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Larry wrote: "Betty or Wilma?"

Fred or Barney?


message 17: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Larry wrote: "Betty or Wilma?"

What the hell?


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Larry wrote: "Larry wrote: "Betty or Wilma?"

What the hell?"


Are you questioning yourself or me?


message 19: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I'm questioning everything, Jim.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

As it should be Larry!


message 21: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) What do you mean by that?


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Good one!


message 23: by Jaime (new)

Jaime | 158 comments I spend less time on the internet now because my job moved into the city. It brought on a now 2 hr a day commute and the restriction of sites like facebook and e-mail. No restriction on goodreads though :-)

At night though I have just become lazy. I go home and eat dinner and watch tv. Or I go out places w/ friends. So I don't really go on-line much then either.


message 24: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I can quit anytime I want to.


message 25: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Jaime - I used to just watch TV at night, but then I got rid of cable. I grew up always watching TV with dinner, and when I didn't have cable I didn't know what to do with myself while I ate, so I started surfing online while eating dinner. My bad habit snowballed from there.


message 26: by Lori (new)

Lori I go through a cycle of starting off nice and balanced with a healthy dose of "reality" and then I start adding more and more time to the internet (especially here) until that's all I'm doing and what's more I just keep sitting here, hitting reset every minute to see if anything new has happened! THis can go on for an hour! And then I realize uh oh, time to step back, I lose my computer mojo, and the cycle begins again. I wish I could be like Mr Flower, and be in balance all the time.

But I also can't get out alot, so I'm so glad to have made friends here. And yes, I consider quite a few very close friends. Maybe even closer than real life. Is that pathetic or what.


message 27: by Lori (new)

Lori Oh and Misha, I have The Surliest teenager, and I keep reading these articles about how families should eat together, but we all congregate at the coffee table in the living room and the TV is on. I hate it - I'm not a TV watcher. Anyway, I've been worried, but hey, you see, totally cool, so maybe I'm not harming Jake too much.

At least in that respect. :D


message 28: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 06, 2010 08:02PM) (new)

Larry wrote: "I can quit anytime I want to."

Really?

I'm relatively new to internet chat. I am totally addicted. I haven't made any attempt to strike a balance yet.


message 29: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Absolutely. I just don't happen to want to right now.


message 30: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11549 comments Gail wrote: "I'm relatively new to internet chat. I am totally addicted. I haven't made any attempt to strike a balance yet."

Oh, these young 'uns. I remember in the early 1980s, chatting at 300 baud.

I searched on "300 baud" and came up with this blog post that I probably could have written myself, though I am probably ten years older than the author. And sometime in the mid '80s, my buddy had one of those sweet Amiga computers the blog briefly mentions. I remember editing my user files and giving my game-self some kick-ass weaponry in battle games.


message 31: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Uh huh.


message 32: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
This self imposed hiatus isn't going so well.


message 33: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) My self-imposed hiatus? I gave that up the day I made this post.


message 34: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17319 comments Mod
No, mine.


message 35: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments You haven't been on that much. So it's more of a cut-back to celebrate.

(All in the framing!)


message 36: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) So did I.


message 37: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer)


message 38: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Excellent, M.


message 39: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) It's funny because it's so, so true.


message 40: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I haven't seen Up yet. I'd really like to. I just haven't gotten around to it.

Speaking of which, I seem to say that an awful lot. I bet I'd get around to more stuff if I weren't on the internet so much.


message 41: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Ya think?


message 42: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) You might want to dodge behind the ficus right about now, Larry.


message 43: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) But ....


message 44: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Actually, I hate watching movies on the internet. I think I wrote about this in another thread, but I approach choosing to sit down with a movie or a book as an act of disconnecting from all of this electronic, interactive stuff and just getting lost in a story. This is why I also resist e-readers. I can't fully focus on something I watch or read online, because it's always in the back of my mind to just zip over to GR or Facebook or gmail for a second and see what people are saying.


message 45: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Yup. BRB.


message 46: by Phil (last edited Mar 12, 2010 02:55PM) (new)

Phil | 11549 comments Larry wrote: "But ...."

So did you do those dots correctly, or .  .  .?


message 47: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 23889 comments Mod
Lori wrote: "I go through a cycle of starting off nice and balanced with a healthy dose of "reality" and then I start adding more and more time to the internet (especially here) until that's all I'm doing and what's more I just keep sitting here, hitting reset every minute to see if anything new has happened!"

That's just sad.

::hits reset::


message 48: by Mona (new)

Mona  (k1721m) | 350 comments I try really hard to monitor my time surfing b/c all the time I spend here on GR and other sites is time away from:

.family
.chores that pile up
.reading

I am now using hubby's new iPad so he is not griping as much.


message 49: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments I feel guilty at work on FB but not here! I work at a library, GR is about books! It's totally ok! Right? Right?!

::reset::


message 50: by Mona (new)

Mona  (k1721m) | 350 comments I kinda like the fact that it's not only about books.


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