Stop. Shut your laptop. But read this first.
More and more of us are spending our time communicating online. It’s quicker, more convenient and we can simply delete all those obnoxious forwards our distant relatives send us about politics, rather than get stuck in a conversation with them. We can text our friends rather than call. We can read brief summaries of the day’s events rather than purchase a newspaper. We can order food, clothes and even pay our bills online. Life is good.
Or is it?
Chances are you spend too much time staring at a computer screen and not nearly enough time with actual people. Don’t believe me? Here are five signs that you are spending way too much time on the Internet:
5. The only way you can figure out what season you’re in is by Googling it. When you go outside, it takes several minutes to adjust to the shock of … real sunlight! Your eyes have grown accustomed to the pale glow of your computer.
4. You believe the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome starts at the ripe old age of 19. You used to get injured by activities. Now you have “Blackberry Thumbs” and bad wrists.
3. You actually read the comments section of articles. But the idle boredom doesn’t stop there. You actually leave comments — and occasionally get into arguments — with others in the comments section of an article.
2. Why do you know so much random stuff about people? You just found out via status update that your aunt’s diet is such a success she can now fit into her old bikini from the ‘70s. If you had just stepped away from Facebook, you would not have that image seared into your brain.
1. It’s your birthday. Do you “like” it? Wow, everyone. Thanks so much for “liking” my birthday. Whatever you do, don’t pick up the phone or send a card. A simple “like” is probably the best gift you could have given me. Except anything else would have been more thoughtful than a simple click.
The Internet is supposed to connect us. But if you are spending too much time online — and you are — turn it off and go experience the real world. Who knows? You may even “like” it.
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