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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.
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]
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...