|Get your Lives Back, Stop Blogging, IMing, Texting.|
|Sharon Sarmiento knew it was time to unplug when she realized she was blogging in her dreams and hearing imaginary instant messages. |
For Ariel Meadow Stallings, it was the hours lost while surfing the Internet that left her feeling like she had been in a drunken blackout.
Both women are part of a new grass-roots movement in which tech geeks, Internet addicts, Blackberry thumbers and compulsive IMers are deciding to wrest back control of their lives by daring to switch off -- if only for a day.
"I think there is some common-sense part of us that says, 'Wait a second. This has gone too far. We are too plugged-in,'" said Sarmiento, a 30-something virtual business owner and professional blogger in Alabama.
Get your Lives Back, Stop Blogging, IMing, Texting... [uk.reuters.com]
I cannot agree more. Thankfully, I never got that addicted in the first place.
|Thankfully, I never got that addicted in the first place. |
Me too! But, what about WebmasterWorld addicitions and such? ;)
Oh please... some people will get addicted to anything.
I'm always surprised by the amount of ww posts I see making negative remarks about social networking and such, and claiming not to be involved in it - we've all been doing it for years!
My name is LifeinAsia, and I am a WW addict.
It all started a few years ago. First, I would just lurk and search for specific information. All the useful information made me feel very empowered, so I began reading more and more. Then I started posting. At first, it felt good to give back to the community, but the addiction keeps me writing more and more.
But the darkest day came when I found the Foo section. No longer would I have to remain on topic. And if there is no Friday Word Game, I don't sleep well all weekend.
My demons overwhelm me. I tried to wean myself from WW once, but it caused me to check my AdSense stats all day long and gain weight.
I looked into a 12-step program to break my addition, but all I could find was Brett's 26-step program [webmasterworld.com], which just made things worse! :)
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 3:50 pm (utc) on April 18, 2008]
Hey I am user but I am not addicted! I can kick this any time I want...I think.
Oops.. I got to run my Blackberry with Twitter just went off!...KF
> Thankfully, I never got that addicted in the first place.
Sez the administrator of a social nerdwanking site...
> [...] we've all been doing it for years!
In astronomy, that statement could be described as a "light echo."
I'm too lazy for social networking! [webmasterworld.com]
Would like to say more, but I'm busy burning a rap CD for Old_Honky...